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Leeds Bradford Airport

A comprehensive guide to Leeds Bradford (LBA) Airport

Leeds Bradford International Airport, like many of the UKs now burgeoning regional airports, was originally a leisure flying club and training center known as Yeadon Aerodrome which began operating in October 1931. The airport was extended marginally in 1935 and passenger services to Scotland, Blackpool and the Isle of Man commenced. The outbreak of war in 1939 brought to a halt any plans the airport authorities had of commercial expansion as the whole complex became the Avro aircraft factory. Two runways and new hangars were added during the Avro period to store and test aircraft for the war effort. Civil flying did not recommence until 1947 and in 1953 the Yeadon Aviation Ltd was formed to operate the Airport. BKS Air Transport commenced regular scheduled services to Southend, Jersey, Ostende, Belfast, The Isle of Wight and Dusseldorf in 1955. In 1959 the Leeds Bradford Airport Joint Committee took over the airport in 1959 and work was soon underway to improve the facilities, with the installation of permanent airfield lighting and extensions to passenger facilities. The first daily scheduled London service started in 1960 with BKS Air Transport and later that year Aer Lingus began to operate a service to Dublin. A new runway was added in 1965 followed in 1968 by new terminal buildings. The package holiday boom reached Leeds Bradford airport in 1976 as Thomson holidays and Britannia Airways commenced operations to Spain and the Spanish Island. By 1984 the runway had been extended to capacitate Boeing 747s and other large aircraft, by 1986 the airport was handling half a million passengers per year. Today Leeds Bradford International Airport continues to improve and update at a steady pace with new passenger facilities being added to accommodate the growing number of passengers using the airport.


Airport Location
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Car Parks at Leeds Bradford Airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport has recently, August 2004, been awarded the prestigious Secured Car Park Award in for each car park. There is On-Airport parking for both long and short stay parking at Leeds Bradford Airport. The car parks are very well signposted from all approach roads to the airport and both long and short stay parking areas have the same entry, payment and exit system. Take a ticket on entry and keep it with you whilst away from the airport. On return to Leeds Bradford Airport take your ticket to one of the Payment Stations, located in the arrivals and departure areas, pay for your parking and retain your ticket to operate the exit barrier when leaving the car park.

Short Stay Parking Prices from 1 January 2003. Up to 30 minutes 1.40, up to 1 hour 2.10, to 2 hours 3.50, to 4 hours 6.00, to 12 hours 10.00, up to 24 hours 12.00. Subsequent 24 hour periods or part thereof are charged at 10.00

Long Stay Parking Charges. Please note there is a 25.00 minimum charge for long stay car parking. Up to 8 days 5.00 or part of day. More than 9 days 4.00 per day or part day.

Leeds Bradford International Airport operates a courtesy shuttle bus service between its long stay car park and the terminal building from 0600 until 2200 7 days per week. If you require assistance press the red help button located on the entry/exit barriers.


Check-in and Arrivals


Leeds Bradford Airport Terminals


Leeds Bradford Airport Opening Hours


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