Leeds Bradford Airport
Leeds Bradford airport currently have an Airspace Change Proposal (ACP)
They are attempting to increase the amount of controlled class D airspace around the airport on the premise that the extra airspace is required to allow for changes in both arrival and departure procedures.
Their proposal creates significant choke points for other air space users, degrading the safety of those in Class G airspace around the outside of the proposed class D and at the same time states that the new procedures will significantly concentrate flight paths – so some local residents will be blighted with considerably more noise then they experience today whilst others may benefit.
The documentation claims that the change in airspace proposed will not automatically mean an increase in air passenger numbers and aircraft movements but then refers readers to the airports development plan published elsewhere which clearly states their ambition to grow passenger numbers to 7 million per year by 2030.
The GA (General Aviation) community, local gliding clubs and hang gliding / flex wing enthusiasts operating in northern England stand to be greatly affected by the proposals.
Respondents have until 6th of October 2017 to make their views known.
Link to the ACP proposal http://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/media/2643/lba-acp-consultation-document-issue-2.pdf .
Link to the LBA Development Plan 2016 to 2030 http://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/about-the-airport/airport-masterplan
Leeds Bradford Airport. Flights and CO2 emissions.
Analysis of flights, routes, and top 10 destinations from Leeds Bradford Airport in 2011. Also carbon emissions.
And passenger growth and numbers over the past 15 years. http://www.awsw.co.uk/allco2/LBA_co2.html
Air Transport Movements
UK Airport Statistics: 2012 – annual (Table 4.2) ATMs 2002 – 2012
Leeds Bradford Airport expansion plans approved
Planning application for terminal extension
Leeds Bradford Airport plan to expand their terminal building by two storeys.
This will cost an estimated £28m and will deliver the following facilities:-
- A larger passenger departure area
- A new baggage reclaim hall
- New immigration and security zones.
The effect of this will be that passenger numbers will go up from the current
2.6m per year to 5.1m in 2012 and 8.2m in 2030. This is a much bigger increase than the Government reccomended in its
Air Transport White Paper (they said up to 7m by 2030).
We think the council need to deny Leeds Bradford Airport’s application for planning
permission. Why? Because it will increase noise, put a strain on the transport
network and hugely increase the region’s carbon emissions.
As well as that, we have issues with the public consultation which was undertaken
as part of the proposal. It was poorly publicised and concentrated on the airport’s
direct neighbours in Guiseley, Yeadon and Horsforth. There were roughly 300 attendees
and 126 respondants to the questionnaire. There was no reference to the environment,
transport or noise. Instead people were asked about the ‘need to improve’ the
For more info, you can check out: LBIA Masterplan