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LocationLeeds Bradford International Airport is nestled between the cities of Leeds and Bradford in West Yorkshire of England. This airport is something like 11 miles to the North West of the city of Leeds, near Yeadon, Rawdon, and Horsforth. If approaching the airport by a car, one should have a reserve of 30 minutes. This time might take longer in rush hours especially in the evening.

Know your Airport - The airport was initially known as Yeadon Aerodrome when it set out club flights and training in 1931. With its increased number of flights and improved check-in facilities, Leeds Bradford airport is renowned as being the fasted growing airport in the UK. The increase in passengers over the previous year was 17%. This is a phenomenal number for an already established airport. The airport became a limited company in 1987. In the year 1994, the airport had its restrictions removed which were meant to decrease its flexibility as a popular destination on the aerial map of the United Kingdom.  

Airport Structure

  Terminals – All airlines operate from the main terminal at Leeds Bradford. Domestic and international arrivals are located on the ground floor of the terminal, to the right of the building as you walk in. Check-in desks are located on the ground floor directly opposite the main entrance to the main concourse. Departure lounges are on the first floor. Boarding usually begins around 45 minutes before departure.

Transit systems
– There is only 1 terminal. Arriving by the one way road the terminal stretches along the road, you reach the departure area first, arrivals being further along the building.

Inside the terminals
– All airlines operate from the main terminal at Leeds Bradford. Domestic and international arrivals are located on the ground floor of the terminal, to the right of the building as you walk in. Check-in desks are located on the ground floor directly opposite the main entrance to the main concourse. Departure lounges are on the first floor. For International flights remember to check in 2 hours prior to departure. The same holds true for European flights. As far as domestic flights, just check in 1 hour before departure. The boarding procedure usually begins around 45 minutes before departure.

Safety - Enhanced security measures are adopted at Leeds Bradford International Airport. This means that travelers should consent to more time while going for security checks. The airport is secured by security personnel. It is advised that one should always check the exact hand luggage allowance with particular airline before packing. Some items like scissors, blades, knives, needles and even pool cues/darts are not allowed while traveling. The security troops have strict policies for cylinders, magnets, fire-lighters, poisons and radioactive materials. The airport enjoys great success in securing the airport. Till date almost no terrorist group or major bomb scares have been reported.

Business facilities
– The airport has a business lounge facility located in the departure lounge on the first floor. The business lounges have wireless internet facilities, Internet docking points and individual workstations. They also offer complimentary newspapers, free of charge drinks (hot and cold, alcoholic/non-alcoholic) and complimentary light snacks. Business facilities like telephones, fax facilities, power points for laptops are also available. The departure lounge at the airport is fitted with Wi-Fi technology which allows passengers with well-matched laptops to access the internet without using any wires. Photocopying services are also available. These facilities can be enjoyed by both business travelers and pleasure travelers.

Family interests
– There is an unsupervised children's play area located in the international departure lounge. The play area is operated by a private service provider. Many machines vending children's toys and key rings in the terminal building can be easily reached by children. Many game centers offer a wide range of computer and simulated games for all passengers to enjoy. They are not restricted to children only. The airport has many WH Smith stores located at the check-in hall A and in the departure lounge. Like it, many other shops sell a variety of children's books, comics, games and confectionery.

  Special serviceLeeds Bradford airport tries to ensure their disabled passengers are able to travel as comfortably and as hassle-free as possible. Facilities for disabled passengers include reserved parking close to the terminal building for disabled badge holders. There are lifts to all floors. The toilets for disabled are situated on all floors of the building. Wheelchairs available are also available on request. Ramps can be requested prior to requirement. This is the reason why disabled travelers should pre-arrange the services before hand. Ambulift services are available for assisting passengers while boarding and alighting from the aircraft. Devices like hearing induction loops are available at the information desk. The airport has specifically placed 'Large Print' timetables that are made available on request from the Information Desk.

Parking options
– There are a few good options in and off Leeds Bradford Airport. The Short Stay parking is placed directly in front of the terminal building. They are ideal for people dropping off or picking up passengers. The Long-stay car parks are also located close to the terminal building. There are separate arrangements and special discounts.

Extra information
- While shopping at Leeds Bradford International Airport, always remember that there are products which are classed as Duty Free items. These include liquor, tobacco and pure perfume. When traveling from the EU to the UK, please do not pay any tax or duty on goods you have bought in another EU country. This is valid as long as the tax was included in the price when you purchased the items (for your own use) and gifts.

Leaving from Leeds Bradford airportLeeds Bradford International Airport has good connections with road, rail and bus networks. The airport is well signposted on a large number of routes in this region. Travelers can choose from the MetroConnect737 bus service that connects the airport to Bradford, Shipley, Guiseley and Yeadon and the MetroConnect757 airlink bus service. The latter connects to Leeds and Otley. Both services run every half hour during the week. Licensed taxis are available from the taxi rank outside the terminal building at the airport. The Main Line station is in Leeds that is located 10 miles from the airport. There are 2 nearer Local Line Stations. Leeds City centre coach station is the nearest National express coach station to Leeds Bradford airport. A traveler can easily catch a bus from the adjacent bus station to the airport. Chauffer-driven cars and cars on hire are available for ones not willing to wait that extra bit.

- There are many international currency exchange counters located in the terminal building. Travelers can find them in the adjoining areas in check-in hall A, international arrivals and baggage reclaim centers. There is a prayer room for travelers willing to spend some time in solitude and recluse. It is located on the first floor of the departure lounge. Many travelers are in a hurry and for them; car hire services are available within the main terminal building. Facilities like digital photos are also available within the check-in area of the terminal. They can deliver accepted ID photographs for passports and driving licenses in less than a minute. Mobile Phone top-up vending machines are also available for the business traveler willing to stay connected.

Airlines operating from Leeds Bradford airport

  Air Southwest, bmi, Eastern Airways, Flybe, Jet2.com, KLM, Ryanair etc.

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