Multi-million pound plans for a three-storey extension to the terminal at Leeds Bradford airport were unveiled today.

The building will house a new international arrivals process, including immigration, baggage reclaim and customs.

The extension will also accommodate new, larger departure gates, seating areas and new retail and food and drink outlets.

The new building is due for completion by the end of 2019.

Work will then start on revamping the existing terminal building to provide a new security central search area, enhanced check-in a and an improved departure lounge with new shops and food outlets.

This stage of work is expected to be completed for summer 2020.

The final phase will include the construction of a new pier, replacing a current passenger walkway with a two-storey structure.

Airport chief executive David Laws 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.”