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A number of parking providers offer a 'Meet and Greet' service at LBA. The airport's official service, which opens at 4:30am and closes at midnight, allows you to drop off your car at a location just two minutes' walk from the terminal. A member of staff parks your car, while you continue on your journey.
Providers like LCS Parking offer a similar service, with chauffeurs meeting you at the terminal and taking your car to a secure car park with Park Mark accreditation.
LCS also offers a valet service so you can have your car washed, waxed, vacuumed and cleaned – ready for when you pick it up again.
If you're looking for short-stay parking at Leeds Bradford Airport, you can choose between a standard package or the airport's Premium Short Stay parking, which includes access to the Fast Track security area for up to four people. The short-stay car park is located just a two minutes' walk from the terminal building.
The mid-stay and long-stay car parks at LBA are located further away from the terminal, but there is a shuttle bus that runs 24/7 to take you from the car park to the terminal. You can also book short-, mid- or long-stay car parking through providers like Sentinel, who offer park-and-ride services with transfers to the terminal included.
If you want to park in front of the terminal building for a short time, you can pay to use the Terminal Front Express Car Park. However, you can also use the Free One Hour Parking Zone along Whitehouse Lane, which is just a four-minute walk from the terminal.
Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) serves the cities of Leeds and Bradford, as well as the wider Yorkshire region, and was the 15th busiest airport in the UK in 2016.
With more than three million passengers passing through each year, Leeds Bradford is Yorkshire's largest airport, offering flights to destinations all over Europe and inside the UK.
The airport has grown rapidly in terms of traffic and facilities since Jet2.com began offering low-cost flights from Leeds Bradford in 2003. In 2016, there were 14 operators running regular scheduled flights from LBA.
LBA is in the City of Leeds Metropolitan District in the county of West Yorkshire. The airport is located in the town of Yeadon, which is six miles (9.6 kilometres) north west of Leeds city centre and 8.2 miles (13.2 kilometres) north east of Bradford city centre. Nearby towns include Otley, Guiseley, Keighley and Ilkley.
The drive-time to the airport from Leeds city centre is around 25 minutes, while it takes about 80 minutes to drive there from Manchester or Hull and just short of four hours from central London.
People who have lived in the area surrounding Leeds Bradford Airport for a long time still refer to it as Yeadon Airport, harking back to LBA's origins when it was known as Yeadon Aerodrome.
The facility first opened in 1931 as a venue for pilot training and club flights. Scheduled journeys to and from Newcastle, Blackpool, the Isle of Man and Edinburgh commenced in 1935. The creation of a terminal building was halted in 1939, when the outbreak of war led to the site being used for building military aircraft. The factory, which produced Lancaster Bombers and Bristol Blenheim aircraft among others, was camouflaged to look like a field from above, complete with fake cows.
After the war, the facility was renamed to “Leeds and Bradford Airport” and commercial flights resumed in 1947, with flights to Dusseldorf, Belfast, Jersey and Ostend added six years later. The addition of a new runway in 1965 helped the airport to cope with new jet aircraft, but disaster struck the same year when the terminal was destroyed in a fire.
A new terminal building was opened in 1968, enabling the airport to grow and eventually become a base for tour holidays in 1976, when flights to Spain and Portugal were first scheduled.
In the 1980s, Leeds Bradford Airport expanded rapidly and the addition of radar and instrument landing systems opened up access to larger aircraft. An Air France Concorde charter flight landed at the airport in August 1986.
The arrival of low-cost airlines at Leeds Bradford in the late 1990s and early 2000s created a surge in traffic and transformed the airport into the busy terminal it is today.
The terminal at Leeds Bradford Airport is relatively small when compared to Manchester Airport or any of the London Airports. While it lacks the variety of facilities offered by many of its competitors, it does provide all of the essentials for ensuring you can enjoy a safe, comfortable journey.
Facilities at Leeds Bradford include:
There are two hotels located very close to LBA: The Premier Inn Leeds Bradford Airport and the Travelodge Leeds Bradford Airport Hotel. Both hotels provide a good standard of affordable accommodation, with free WiFi, king-size beds in air conditioned rooms and restaurants serving meals throughout the day.
The Premier Inn offers free parking during your stay and is situated on the A658 less than two minutes' drive from the terminal. The postcode for the hotel is LS19 7AW.
Travelodge has a car park operated by APCOA and you can pre-pay for your car parking when you book your hotel reservation. The hotel is also on the A658 and the postcode for sat nav users is LS19 7UB.
If you don't have time to leave the airport to visit a traditional Yorkshire pub, you can head to The Saltaire Bar and Eatery for a taste of the region's food and drink. The Saltaire boasts views out over the fields adjacent to the terminal and you can gaze out to the horizon while you enjoy a pint of cask-conditioned ale from two North Yorkshire breweries, Theakston and Black Sheep. The menu comprises a blend of traditional and modern dishes, made with local ingredients. A decent bit 'o' scran, as they say up north!
The Sports Bar at Leeds Bradford is located near the ground floor departure gates and has a number of big TVs showing live sport throughout the week. You can enjoy a beer there and play on the games machines and air hockey table, but if any of Yorkshire's top sports teams are in action, your attention will likely be drawn by the passionate supporters who will gather round to watch the game. Far be it for us to say whether Leeds United, Bradford City, Huddersfield Town or Batley Bulldogs are the true pride of Yorkshire, but if you're in the airport and there's a match on you'll see some of that pride on show no matter who is playing.
The Yorkshire Premier Lounge at LBA is available to business and leisure passengers and offers luxurious surroundings as well as a complimentary snack menu, hot and cold drinks and unlimited superfast WiFi. You can order champagne and prosecco in the lounge (at extra cost), watch large screen televisions and peruse a selection of newspapers and magazines. The lounge operates a dress code that excludes sportswear, fancy dress, offensive slogans and shorts or skirts above the knee and you need to pre-request authorisation to access it if you are part of a group of seven or more adults.
Contact the lounge directly on +44 (0)113 391 3266 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Opening hours are 5am to 8pm daily.
LBA doesn't have a huge number of shops, but if you need some reading material for your flight, the beach or the bus journey home, you can find branches of WHSmith landside and airside for all your book-buying needs. As well as a selection of the latest bestselling books, the shop is the ideal place to pick up a magazine or two, travel-sized games and toys for the kids and a range of snacks and drinks.
If you've had a long journey to the airport, you might need to stretch your legs and refresh your mind before you think about entering the terminal building and boarding your flight. The road that links the terminal building with the various car parks and the car rental centre is called Whitehouse Lane and there is a footpath running alongside it for you to take a stroll down while you look out across the Yorkshire fields and gather your thoughts before the next stage of your journey.
If your check-in at LBA is in Hall B, you'll find Caffe Ritazza right by your desk, serving freshly ground coffee, tea, hot and cold snacks and alcoholic drinks. This is often used as a meeting point for departing and arriving passengers at the airport and is perfect for a pick-me-up if you need it before or after your journey.
Sir Titus Salt, who opened Salt's Mill in 1853 and created a thriving textiles production hub in the Shipley area of Bradford, founded the Victorian model village of Saltaire. He built houses for his millworkers, along with a school, a hospital, a library and a concert hall, many of which are still standing and well-preserved to this day thanks to the village's status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saltaire is a great place to spend an hour or two just exploring the Victorian architecture, while the mill now contains art galleries, a bookshop, a diner, an espresso bar and more. You can reach Saltaire in just under half an hour travelling by car or you can get the bus into Leeds and catch a train there.
Sat nav instructions: Victoria Rd, Saltaire BD18 3LA
Just 40 minutes' drive away from Leeds Bradford Airport is the market town of Skipton, which is known as 'The Gateway to the Dales'. As well as being an ideal starting point for walks in the rolling hills of Wharfedale, Skipton is home to one of England's best-preserved medieval castles. Skipton Castle dates back over 900 years and is in remarkably good condition. It is fully roofed and features an early Tudor courtyard, a medieval kitchen, a watchtower and a banqueting hall. The castle is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm on Sundays and is only closed between the 23rd and the 25th of December.
Sat nav instructions: The Bailey, Skipton BD23 1AW
You can hop on the 757 bus at Leeds Bradford Airport and head into Leeds city centre for a shopping experience that has been enjoyed in northern England for well over a century. Leeds Kirkgate Market is one of Europe's largest indoor markets and “Loiners” (as people from Leeds are known) have been flocking to it every day since 1857 to buy groceries, clothing, hardware, fabrics, jewellery and much more. The atmosphere inside is always buzzing and you'll hear plenty of Yorkshire accents as the traders bellow their latest offers to entice you to their stalls.
The journey to Kirkgate Market from LBA takes around 45 minutes by bus or 35 minutes by car and the market is open from 8am to 5:30pm, Monday to Saturday.
Sat nav instructions: Vicar Lane, Leeds City Centre LS2 7HY
On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at' might sound like gibberish, but it is a well-known Yorkshire phrase and the title of a folk song about taking a walk on Ilkley Moor without a hat, which just so happens to be something you can easily do if you've got a couple of hours to spare when you're waiting for a flight at Leeds Bradford Airport. Just nine miles (14.4 kilometres) away from the airport is the rolling moorland that sits above the towns of Ilkley and Keighley, where you can enjoy panoramic views and walk among the numerous large rock formations, such as the poetically named 'Cow and Calf'. If it's a bit blowy on't moors, as they say in Yorkshire when the wind is up, you can always huddle around the open fires and enjoy some local food and drink at The Cow and Calf pub.
Sat nav instructions: Hangingstone Rd, Ilkley LS29 8BT
Yorkshire folk, like people from pretty much anywhere in the UK, are partial to a portion of fish and chips every now and again. Luckily, Leeds Bradford Airport is located within walking distance of an excellent 'chippy' (as fish and chip shops are known in the north). In fact, Murgatroyd's claims to serve Britain's finest fish and chips and you can decide for yourself by walking a mile (1.6 kilometres) down the road from the airport to the restaurant, where you can order your food to takeaway or take a seat and enjoy some deep-fried delicacies.
Sat nav instructions: Harrogate Road, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7BN
The lives of the Brontë sisters, who wrote classic works of literature from a cold, cramped 19th-century vicarage in Haworth, continue to fascinate readers and historians all over the world. The Brontë society dates back to 1893, making it one of the oldest literary societies in the world – you can visit their collections at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, just 18 miles (29 kilometres) from LBA, which equates to a 48-minute drive. Whether you're a fan of books like Wuthering Heights or not, the museum offers a fascinating insight into what life in Yorkshire was like for one of its most famous families.
The museum is open all-year-round from 10am to 5pm in winter and 10am to 5:30pm from April to October.
Sat nav instructions: Brontë Parsonage Museum, Church Street, Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 8DR
Leeds and Bradford are both proud sporting cities and, whether you're a fan of football, rugby or cricket, you will find a venue of interest within a short drive of Leeds Bradford Airport.
Valley Parade, home to Bradford City Football Club, has a long, turbulent history, while across the city at Odsal Stadium, the Bradford Bulls rugby league team has created something of a fortress. In Leeds, you can visit one of the true homes of cricket at Headingley, which also plays host to Leeds Rhinos rugby league team, and to the south west of the city you'll find Elland Road, where Leeds United Football Club plays its home games.
Elland Road offers regular stadium tours and is only 9.6 miles (15.5 kilometres) from the airport.
Sat nav instructions: Elland Rd, Leeds LS11 0ES
“Chevin” is the old English word for hillside and Otley Chevin is situated on the south slope of the Lower Wharfe Valley at the end of Leeds Bradford Airport's main runway. A local nature reserve since 1989, the Chevin rises to 919 feet (280 metres) above sea level and it is well worth the steep climb for the spectacular views across the Vale of York to the North Yorkshire Moors. Within the dense woodland, you have a good chance of seeing unusual wildlife, such as the green hairstreak butterfly and the woodcock. At the top of Jonny Lane you will find the Whitehouse Café, serving hot and cold drinks and snacks. The café has disabled facilities, too.
Sat nav instructions: Otley LS21 3DD
Just 28 minutes' drive (12.1 miles or 19.4 kilometres) from Leeds Bradford Airport is the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, offering a unique shopping experience at a wide variety of independent shops and boutiques, as well as major department stores. Harrogate is famous for Betty's Tea Room, which offers an elegant afternoon tea served by waitresses in frilly, starched aprons carrying silver teapots and cake stands. After a busy day's shopping and eating, you can even indulge in a luxury treatment at Harrogate's Turkish Baths and Spa, which date from 1897 and still boast many of their original Victorian features.
Sat nav instructions: Royal Baths, Parliament St, Harrogate HG1 2WH
Leeds Bradford Airport has a single terminal, so all signs to the airport lead to the same destination. Long-stay car parks are clearly signposted on your approach to the airport, after you have turned off A658 at the roundabout.
There are 16 airlines that fly from Leeds Bradford Airport, the busiest of which are Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, which are based locally in Leeds city centre:
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The airport is located just off the A658, which runs north east out of Bradford towards Harrogate. You will pick up signs for the airport when travelling north on the M1, south on the A1 or east or west along the M62.
The post code for Leeds Bradford Airport is LS19 7TU. Whether approaching from the north or south, you will turn off the A658 at a roundabout onto Whitehouse Lane, which takes you to the airport terminal and car parks.
While there are no direct train links to LBA, you can take the train to Leeds, Bradford or Harrogate railway stations and catch the Flying Tiger bus services that run to the airport.
Flying Tiger runs two bus services connecting Bradford with the airport: the 737 and the 747. The 747 also runs between Harrogate and Leeds Bradford Airport, while Leeds is connected to LBA by the 757 service.
Tickets can be purchased onboard and luggage racks are provided.
Leeds Bradford Airport welcomes cyclists by allowing bicycles to be chained up in any of the public car parks apart from the Terminal Front Express Car Park. However, any bicycles left in an unsuitable location will be removed and stored by airport security.
The Free One Hour Parking Zone at Leeds Bradford Airport is located near the car rental centre, just two minutes' drive down Whitehouse Lane from the main terminal building. This is a great option if you are dropping someone off or picking someone up and you want to avoid paying the fee that is chargeable for entering through the barrier and parking directly in front of the terminal.
While there are plenty of taxi firms in Leeds, Bradford and the surrounding areas that will take you to and from LBA, the bus service operated by Flying Tiger is a much cheaper option. The buses are equipped with areas to store your luggage and screens that display the various stops along the way.
Leeds Bradford Airport used to feature a row of car rental stands inside the main terminal building, but this is no longer the case. If you want to rent a car, collect a pre-booked vehicle or return a rented car, you need to head to the car rental centre along Whitehouse Lane, near the long-stay car park. There is a shuttle bus that runs between the car rental centre and the terminal building every 10 minutes or so, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are dropping a vehicle off when the car rental centre is closed, there is a drop-box for you to leave your keys in at the terminal.
You can pre-book special assistance at Leeds Bradford Airport by contacting your airline or tour operator when you make your booking. You can then head to the desk of the relevant airline or operator on your arrival at the terminal building to receive special assistance. You should take these steps if you are travelling with a mobility aid or an assistance dog.
The airport also has dedicated Blue Badge areas in all official car parks and special assistance can be requested via the intercoms located at the entrance of each car park.
There is a currency exchange outlet in the terminal, offering zero per cent commission, online ordering with in-store collection and pre-paid money card services.
The airport is not situated in either Leeds or Bradford, but it is easily accessible from both cities. The airport is located in Yeadon, which is a town located inside the City of Leeds Metropolitan District. The city of Leeds itself lies to the south east and Bradford is easily accessible by travelling south west along the A658, which runs right past the airport.
While Leeds Bradford Airport does provide baby changing facilities, the only children's play areas in the terminal building are located in the Premier Lounge. There, you will find gaming consoles and a kids’ activity room full of things to keep little ones happy while you wait to board.
Leeds Bradford has an official private hire operator, Arrow Cars, which has its own drop-off point and booking office right outside the terminal building. If you're arriving at LBA and want to book a taxi, simply walk out of the main doors and you'll see the Arrow office in front of you. You can book and pay for your taxi in the office and wait for the next available car.