UK. Leeds Bradford Airport has completed the first phase of a multi-million pound redevelopment, which includes a significant upgrading of its commercial offering.

The UK airport now has a new range of shops, cafes, restaurants, bar areas and airport lounges following the investment by AMP, which acquired Leeds Bradford from Bridgepoint in October last year.

UK Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP (left) officially opens the new departure lounge redevelopment with Simon Whitby, Operations Director at Leeds Bradford Airport.

Three new lounges – The Yorkshire Lounge, The White Rose Suite and 1432 Club – have been purpose-built with floor to ceiling runway views.

A new Cabin Bar, offering cocktails, small plates and craft beers, has been added and the airport’s Saltaire restaurant has been refurbished.

A dedicated area to cater for large groups has seen the installation of The Beer House, replacing the airport’s The Sports Bar. A new Starbucks outlet has also opened.

Earlier this year, the airport opened its first off-site car park, Viking Airport Parking. The car park operates 24/7, with a five-minute shuttle bus service to the terminal.

The first phase of the airport redevelopment was officially opened by the UK Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP. He commented: “Leeds Bradford Airport is an important global gateway to Yorkshire, and this multi-million pound development will provide passengers from all over the world with an exceptional travelling experience to and from the region.

“We are working closely with Leeds Bradford Airport to ensure it has what it needs to offer greater choices for passengers secure further international routes and deliver more investment opportunities as we leave the EU [European Union].”

Leeds Bradford Airport Chief Executive David Laws said: “We have some exciting plans for the airport and want the people of our thriving region to get behind their airport to help us move forward. The more people use the airport the more successful we can be.

“Work continues to improve our route offering for both business and leisure services while we are now working on our plans for phase two of the terminal infrastructure which we hope to commence later this year on a new state-of-the-art arrivals experience.”