Watson Batty Architects, as lead designers, worked closely with Leeds Bradford Airport and their project stakeholders to develop the initial brief and design to meet the needs of the current and future passenger growth.
The business case for the walkway was founded upon the following key elements:
– Increasing passenger numbers through the terminal building.
– Eliminating the requirement for an airside bus service for arriving and departing passengers to the outlying aircraft stands.
– A significant reduction in the turnaround time for aircraft thereby increasing capacity.
The walkway, having a nominal foot print of 5 meters wide by 250 meters long, contains three internal lanes each segregated from the other by toughened glass framed screens. Each lane is linked to aircraft parking stands by electronically locked sliding doors activated by ground crew security passes. This configuration arrangement supports an arrivals lane and two departure lanes internal to the walkway. Departing passengers can commence boarding within minutes of an arriving aircraft completing its disembarking process. The walkway links with four departure gates and the arrivals doors at the terminal building and incorporates access to all three lanes at these positions.
Capacity within the walkway is upwards of 750 passengers at any one time.
The operation of the aircraft stands was maintained throughout the construction period which involved the completion and handover of the walkway in three distinct phases over a 6 month duration.