Updated 16th July 2021
Leeds Bradford Airport is open. If you are due to fly, please check with your airline before travelling to the airport and be aware of your travel requirements.
Leeds Bradford Airport is following guidance from Public Health England relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19), to keep our airport operating safely. We are delighted to have been recognised by the Airports Council International (ACI) Health Accreditation programme, for providing a safe experience for all travellers. An evaluation showed we are reducing risk and providing safe travel, whilst working within best practice guidelines for the industry.
Here's how we're encouraging passengers to stay safe when travelling through Leeds Bradford Airport. These measures will remain in place following the easing of Government restrictions on 19th July.
We are working alongside NPH Group to provide convenient and affordable testing for departing passengers, returning passengers and members of the community.
Check what you need to do before you travel abroad
Check the rules in place at your destination
Check what you need to do before you travel to England
From 19 July, arrivals who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK (plus 14 days), or are on a formally approved UK vaccine clinical trial, returning to England from amber list counties will no longer need to quarantine – passengers will need to provide proof of their vaccination status to carriers in advance of travel. Find out more >
Q: Should I travel?
A: If anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus you should self-isolate. In line with government advice, you should not travel if you:
Q: Is my flight still operating, and what are my options?
A: If your airline cancels your flight, they will contact you to let you know. For detailed information about flight schedules or flight cancellations, please contact your airline.
Q: My plans have changed and I need to cancel or amend my parking, lounge or fast track booking. How can I do this?
A: If you booked directly with Leeds Bradford Airport, you can amend or cancel your booking online, using Manage My Booking. If you booked with another provider, please contact them to amend or cancel your booking.
Q: What should I expect on entry to the airport?
The security processes remain the same as per Civil Aviation Authority and Department for Transport requirements for the security of all airport users.
Airport staff will continue to wear personal protective equipment such as visors, masks and gloves. This is appropriate when staff are required to come into close contact with customers, for their own protection and that of others.
Q: Do I need to allow extra time to travel through the airport?
A: We recommend allowing plenty of time to go through airport processes. We advise you to check-in online where possible. Airport check-in opening and closing times vary by airline so make sure you are familiar with your airline’s policies.
Please note the airport terminal will be closed outside of operating hours, you will be permitted access into the building only when your airline check-in opens.
Q: Are the car parks at Leeds Bradford Airport open?
A: Our car parks are open for your convenience. To help keep our customers and colleagues safe, we have made some changes to our car park processes in the short term. If your booking is affected, you will be contacted with further information. Please use card transactions to pay for your parking wherever possible.
Q: Is public transport to / from Leeds Bradford Airport operating as normal?
A: Bus services are operating between Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate with FLYER.
Q: Are taxis to / from Leeds Bradford Airport operating as normal?
A: Arrow Cars, our official taxi partner operate a private hire service, can be pre-booked or booked on the day. Other taxi providers can be used and can drop off / pick up passengers in Terminal Front Express or One Hour Free.
Q: I'm a blue badge holder, which car parks are open for me?
A: Find out which car parks are available on our dedicated blue badge parking page.
Q: Is social distancing in place at the airport?
A: Yes, please observe social distancing in the terminal, floor markings and signage are in place to assist with this.
Q: Should I wear a face-covering whilst in the airport?
A: Access to and within the terminal is restricted to those wearing face coverings, until further notice. Failure to wear a face-covering may result in you being asked to leave the airport terminal. It is an offence under the Airport Bye-laws to fail to comply with this notice. Some passengers are not required to wear face coverings as advised by the government, including those under the age of 11. Visit gov.uk for guidance.
Face coverings are available to purchase before security via self-service machines.
Q. Can I take hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes when travelling?
A. Yes, you can take hand sanitiser gel through airport security with your hand luggage, and we would encourage you to do so. Liquid restrictions apply so ensure the bottle size is under 100ml and place it in a sealed, clear plastic bag with your other liquids then place in the tray separately. You can also pack bottles of hand sanitiser in your hold luggage, subject to your airline’s baggage allowance and the hold baggage restrictions. Anti-bacterial wipes are not considered liquids and can be taken through security without the need for a liquids bag.
Q: Is hand sanitiser publically available in the terminal?
A: You can expect to find hand-sanitising stations throughout the terminal, and we advise washing your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds when possible. Regular hand-washing is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of transmission.
Sanitiser is available to purchase before security via self-service machines.
Q: What additional measures are being taken to ensure the terminal is clean?
A: Deep cleaning is in operation, including the regular use of water-based antibacterial misters on frequent touch-points such as luggage trolleys, security trays and toilet facilities. Washroom attendants are working to ensure cleanliness at all times.
Q: I require Special Assistance for my journey, is this support available at this time?
A: Of course, our Special Assistance team are on hand to support our customers. You must notify your airline, tour operator or travel agent at the time of booking.
Q: Are facilities, eateries and shops open in the terminal?
A: Yes, a wide range of eateries, shops and outlets are open and can be found both before and after security. Please note that all outlets may not be open to serve every flight.
Travel currency stores are closed, and ATMs are currently unavailable.
Washrooms are available before security near the main entrance, after security on the first floor by the lounges and in the baggage hall in arrivals.
Limited seating is available, please sit together with your household and socially distance from others.
The smoking area in departures is available for use.
Q: What are the aircraft boarding procedures?
A: Airlines may call customers to board in stages, ensure you are listening at all times for announcements regarding boarding for your flight. Find out your airline's procedures before you fly.
Q: What will happen at my destination?
A: Guidance for British people travelling overseas is available on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
Q: What can I expect when landing at LBA?
After 17th May 2021, what you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. Check the red, amber and green list rules for entering England.
Q: Can I pick someone up from the airport?
A: You can collect passengers from the airport however we ask that you remain in your vehicle where possible, and practice social distancing. Only travelling passengers should enter the terminal building. You can accompany a passenger requiring assistance, such as a person with reduced mobility or an unaccompanied child.
NPH Group are providing PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests at LBA for your convenience.
Guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.