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Leeds Bradford International Airport

Leeds Bradford International Airport

Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA) was originally Yeadon Aerodrome, which began operating in October 1931 with club flying and training flights being predominant activities. At this time it was on 60 acres of grassland along the Bradford Harrogate Road and flying was mainly in the Cirrus and Gypsy Moth aircraft and later Puss and Leopard Moth for training and charters.

By 1935 the airport had been extended by a further 35 acres and schedule air services commenced to Newcastle and Edinburgh with North Eastern Airways. Services to Blackpool and the Isle of Man also started with West Coast air Services. In 1936 609 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary air Force was formed at the Aerodrome and seasonal holiday services were operated to the Isle of Man and Liverpool by Isle of Man Air Services. Plans were also announced this year for a ?40,000 terminal building but only one wing was built and then demolished in 1977 to make way for new facilities that form the basis of the present terminal.

All civil flying ceased in 1939 with the outbreak of war. During the war years more than 4,500 aircraft were built at the Avro Factory adjacent to the Airport, including the Anson, Lancaster, York and Lincoln and many of these made their first flights from Yeadon. So that these new aircraft could be test flown, two runways, taxiways and flight test hangars were built on the aerodrome.

Post war civil flights began in 1947, and in 1953 Yeadon Aviation Ltd was formed to operate the Airport and run the Yeadon Aero Club. BKS Air Transport started scheduled services to Belfast, Jersey, Ostend, Southend, the Isle of Wight and dusseldorf in 1955 and then the Leeds Bradford Airport Joint Committee took over the Airport in 1959. Work was soon underway to improve the facilities, with the installation of permanent airfield lighting and extensions to passenger facilities and apron areas.

The first daily London service started in 1960 with BKS and later that year Aer Lingus began to operate a service to Dublin. A Public Inquiry followed soon after in 1963 and permission was given to construct a new runway. Work commenced quickly and the new runway became operational in 1965.

In May 1965 the terminal building was substantially destroyed by fire so construction of a new passenger terminal commenced later that year and was opened for use in February 1968.

Inclusive tour holiday flights commenced in 1976 with flights to the Iberian Peninsula by Britannia Airways on behalf of Thomson Holidays.

In 1978 a Government White Paper on Airports Policy identified that Yorkshire could sustain a Category B regional airport, and concluded that Leeds Bradford could fulfil this role provided that the main runway (15/33) was extended. The following year a Public Inquiry was held to consider the planning application to extend the runway and terminal facilities, and in December 1980 the Secretary of State approved the application but imposed a restriction on operating hours.

Construction work started in 1982 of a £23 million scheme to extend the main runway by 2,250 metres, improve and divert the A658 Bradford to Harrogate road (including incorporating a twin tunnel under the runway) and substantial improvements to the terminal facilities.

The completion of the runway extension was marked on 4th November 1984 with two pleasure flights organised by The Yorkshire Post, who chartered a British Airways Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet for the day, calling it "The Spirit of Yorkshire". Wardair also marked the day by operating the airport's first transatlantic flight to Toronto.

The first phase of the terminal extention was opened by HRH the Duchess of Kent on 18th July the following year, and rapid growth followed in both charter and scheduled services. By 1986 half a million passengers passed through the airport and Air France's Concorde visited for the first time.

Leeds Bradford International Airport In 1987, LBA was converted into a limited company under the provisions of the Airports Act 1986 and the five metropolitan councils of West Yorkshire became the shareholders of the new company. Leeds and Bradford each own 40% and Wakefield, Calderdale and Kirklees share equally the remaining 20%.

LBA gained approval for 24 hour availability in 1994 which allowed operations to continue during night-time hours, albeit with restrictions only permitting the quietest aircraft to operate between 2300 to 0700.

In 1996 the Airport saw its millionth passenger, and in 2001 just over 1.5 million passengers passed through the Airport. Since 1996 the terminal building has virtually doubled in size with new and improved arrivals and departure facilities, lounges and two new air bridges. Construction works have recently been completed on a £5 million scheme to refurbish and extent the landside catering and restaurant facilities and a new aircraft maintenance facilities and business and executive aviation centre are to be built on the south side of the airport.

Leeds Bradford International Airport
Leeds LS19 7TU.

Airport Information Desk
(General enquiries and flight information)
+44 (0) 113 250 9696

Airport Duty Manager
+44 (0) 113 391 3238

Airport Marketing (To receive timetables/info packs)
+44 (0) 113 391 3333

Fax: +44 (0) 113 250 5426

WWW: http://www.lbia.co.uk/

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General Info
Country United Kingdom
Time UTC 0(+1DT)
Latitude 53.865897
53° 51' 57.23" N
Longitude -1.660569
001° 39' 38.05" W
Elevation 681 feet
208 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 003° W (01/05)
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

TWR 120.3
ATIS 118.025
APP 123.75

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
09/27 3609 x 121 feet
1100 x 37 meters
14/32 7382 x 150 feet
2250 x 46 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)

CAUTION Unlgtd obst sur arpt. Bird haz.
FUEL (NC-100LL avbl 0730-1800Z++, not avbl for copter or acft with wingspan over 56',OT by prior arng. A1 by prior arng only).
LGT PAPI Rwy 14 GS 3.5 .
OIL O-113-117-156
RSTD Rwy 09 unavbl for ldg at ngt. No copter flt trng wi arpt tfc zone, inst apch trng avbl PPR. PPR btn 2300-0700Z++. Rpt LDA for Rwy 09 is 2953'; Rwy 27 3130'; Rwy 14 5912'; Rwy 32 6286'.

Runway 09/27

3609 x 121 feet
1100 x 37 meters

Runway 09
True Heading 091.0
Latitude 53.867533
53° 52' 03.12" N
Longitude -1.666686
001° 40' 00.07" W
Landing Distance 3268 feet
996 meters
Takeoff Distance 3609 feet
1100 meters
Displaced Threshold Length 341 feet
104 meters
Lighting System HIRL

Runway 27
True Heading 271.0
Latitude 53.867297
53° 52' 02.27" N
Longitude -1.649964
001° 38' 59.87" W
Landing Distance 3452 feet
1052 meters
Takeoff Distance 3609 feet
1100 meters
Displaced Threshold Length 157 feet
48 meters
Lighting System HIRL

Runway 14/32

7382 x 150 feet
2250 x 46 meters

Runway 14
True Heading 138.0
Latitude 53.873375
53° 52' 24.15" N
Longitude -1.672067
001° 40' 19.44" W
Landing Distance 6424 feet
1958 meters
Takeoff Distance 7382 feet
2250 meters
Displaced Threshold Length 958 feet
292 meters
Lighting System CL

Runway 32
True Heading 318.0
Latitude 53.858417
53° 51' 30.30" N
Longitude -1.649069
001° 38' 56.65" W
Landing Distance 6420 feet
1957 meters
Takeoff Distance 7382 feet
2250 meters
Displaced Threshold Length 962 feet
293 meters
Lighting System TDZL


Type ID Channel Freq Country State
NDB LBA - 402.5 United Kingdom -
Latitude Longitude Airport
53° 51' 53.97" N
001° 39' 10.40" W

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