Leeds and Bradford Airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA)
Leeds and Bradford Airport is a joint venture from these two cities in West Yorkshire. In 2007 the airport was privatized. It is a fairly small airport, but the number of passengers has grown considerably in the last years, therefore, the terminal building is somewhat tight.
Prices here are given in the British pound (£), £1.00 = €1.49 (December 2006).
There is no train connection with the airport, but there are plans to realize this by making a division in the railway between Leeds and York (Harrogate Line).
Car and bus
The airport is 18 kilometers northwest of Leeds and 11 kilometers north of Bradford. From Leeds you follow the signs to Yeadon and Otley on the A660. From Bradford the airport is accessible from the A658 in the direction of Yeadon.
There are various bus lines that go from the airport to destinations in the surrounding areas. Line 737 goes to Bradford, through Shipley, Guiseley and Yeadon, line 747 leaves every half hour to Bradford through Greengates, Apperley Bridge and Yeadon. The Airlink 757 connects the airport with Leeds train station and bus station and Otley. Line 767 goes every one and a half hours to Harrogate and Knaresborough. A direct bus connection with York came in March 2007.
Car rental - Leeds and Bradford Airport
In the Arrivals Hall there are counters from car rental companies: Avis, Hertz and Europcar. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
There are three taxi companies that are allowed to transport from the airport: Streamline (tel: +44(0)113 244 3322), Telecabs (tel: +44(0)113 279 2222) and City Cabs (tel: +44(0)113 246 9999). A ride to Leeds costs approximately £15.00 and £13.00 to Bradford.
There is a large parking area at the airport, short-term parking costs £2.00 for the first half hour and £5.50 for two hours. Long-term parking costs £46.00 for a week and £5.00 per day after that.
If you want to be certain to get a parking place, and in addition, receive a discount on the rate, then you can reserve a place online or (tel: +44(0) 121 410 5105). The Sentinel Security Car Park (tel: +44(0)113 239 1555) is outside the airport. Please be advised, you cannot pick up or drop off passengers in front of the terminal building, to do that you must park in the Express Car Park that costs approximately £1.00 per 15 minutes. The Airport Parking Directory website offers a service where you can compare the rates of multiple Leeds Airport parking suppliers. They work together with Airport Parking Shop.
The Chevin Lodge Country Park Hotel (tel: +44(0)1943 467 818) is a short distance from the airport, three kilometers, Ramada Leeds Parkway (tel: +44(0)113 269 9000) is a little further away along the A660. Premier Travel Inn (tel: +44(0)8701 977 153) is two kilometers south of the airport along the A658. Across from the airport there is the modest Travelodge Hotel (tel: +44(0)870 191 1775). For information about hotels in Leeds and Bradford (tel: +44(0)113 250 9696). For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large range of hotels with great internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
This small airport has a limited range of shops and restaurants. Improvement of this may come with privatization (see introduction).
For information about storing baggage and reporting lost and found items you can contact the general service counter.
The general information service counter in the Central Hall can also give you information about tourist sights, public transportation and hotels.
Meeting facilities are available in the Board Room in the Arrivals Hall, there are rooms for a maximum of 150 people (tel: +44(0)113 250 9696). The Servisair Executive Lounge (tel: +44(0)870 787 6877) is accessible for everyone who pays a £14.00 charge, (only with credit card by booking online £12.00). There are connection points for your laptop and there is also wireless internet.
The airport is very accessible for the disabled, there are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones. There are places reserved in the short-term parking area for the disabled, there is also an induction loop for the hearing impaired.
There are three money exchange offices (Travelex) and many ATM's. Baby rooms are available (information through the service counter), and there is also a children’s play corner in the Departures Hall. There is wireless internet. The general information counter also functions as the contact point for First Aid.
Leeds and Bradford International Airport
Telephone, fax, email
Telephone: +44(0)113 250 9696
Fax: +44(0)113 250 5426
Email: through the contact form
IATA airport code: LBA
ICAO airport code: EGNM