LEEDS Bradford Airport has unveiled plans for the next phase of a multi-million pound extension.

The proposals will see a three-storey extension built on its terminal building, housing a "transformed" international arrivals area, baggage reclaim, immigration offices and customs.

There will also be larger departure gates and new shops and restaurants.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said the proposals will "enhance" the experience of travelling from Leeds Bradford Airport for passengers.

The new building is due to be complete by the end of 2019. Work will then start on revamping the existing terminal, which should be finished by the summer of 2020.

David Laws, chief executive at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “These really are exciting times for this airport and we are delighted to be able to now share our plans for phase two of our terminal redevelopment.

“This new extension will transform the experience for both departing and arriving passengers whilst also adding a ‘sense of place and pride’ throughout the terminal, as we want to play our part in creating a great first impression for inbound visitors.

“A thriving region needs a thriving airport and we hope the people of our great county will see these latest plans as a real statement of intent as we continue to strive to create an airport Yorkshire can be proud of.

“Work continues to improve our route offering for both business and leisure services and we hope to have more exciting announcements in the near future as we look to open up Yorkshire to new global opportunities.”

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe added: “The airport is already a major contributor to the city region economy and we welcome this significant new investment.

“It will enhance the experience for existing and new passengers as new routes are introduced. In turn, these will open up additional markets for local businesses.”

Henri Murison, director of Northern Powerhouse Partnership, said: “The Northern Powerhouse future relies on connectivity, whether it be in transport terms to key European export markets by flight to digital connectivity. This investment by Leeds Bradford Airport here in Yorkshire is a sign of their confidence and commitment to helping businesses here to grow and attracting inward investment.

“At the same time, we see commitment from city leaders and the combined authority to improve the journey to the airport with a link planned on the Leeds to Harrogate rail line. This is why the airport will keep growing the number of destinations available to business and leisure travellers – transformed facilities and lounges already, more capacity and more choice on how to get here from across the region.”