Leeds Bradford Airport has been named as one of the fastest growing in the UK.
Passenger numbers are set to double over the next 15 years, and possibly triple by 2050. The airport is currently used by more than 3 million passengers a year. The Department for Transport has said that numbers could increase to 7 million by 2030, and 9 million by 2050.
While this might seem light years away to most people, and therefore not necessarily a ‘big deal’, it has focused the attention of some decision-makers to consider what this might mean for the local area. While calls for a better access to the airport have been made for years, increased passenger use means that this becomes an even more important issue.
Bradford Chamber members frequently cite transport and traffic problems as a major concern (e.g. it was the top issue in our annual policy priorities survey earlier this year). Leeds Council have said that they are working with the airport to develop a plan to manage its expansion. The Chamber will be seeking to ensure that Bradford Council is also involved in this.
For several years, calls have been made (by the Chamber, among others) for a rail link into the airport from both Bradford and Leeds. Although almost everyone agrees with this idea, a funding and delivery plan has yet to be finalised.