Published on : Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Record numbers of passengers took to the skies from London Luton in June and July as the Airport experienced its busiest summer period on record. Over one million passengers flew to over 100 destinations each month, including 15 new routes added so far this year.
Exciting new destinations on sale this summer include Naples, Catania and Skiathos with even more announced for this winter, such as Copenhagen, Lyons and Basle. The upward trend in passenger numbers is set to continue, with numbers for 2014 predicted to be the highest in the Airport’s 76 year history.
The news comes just weeks after final planning consent was granted for a £100m development of the Airport, which will increase annual passenger capacity from 12 million to 18 million per year by 2031 and enable London Luton to become a leading airport serving London, Luton and the surrounding regions.
With all necessary planning processes cleared, including the deadline for applications for a Judicial Review the Airport will now press ahead with the development. The Airport has already launched an extensive procurement process to select contractors and construction, work is expected to begin early next year.
The plans, including an expanded and modernised terminal building, improved surface access and an upgraded passenger experience, are forecast to increase the Airport’s annual economic impact by £283m to £1.2bn per annum and create over 5,000 new jobs.
Clive Condie, Executive Chairman of London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL), said: “Demand from leisure and business passengers was remarkable in June and July and we expect to announce record passenger numbers for August too.
Our exciting redevelopment plan, together with the support of our owners and our airline and business partners, means we are on track to deliver a local airport of which Luton and the region can be proud.”
Councillor Mohammed Ashraf, Chair of London Luton Airport Limited, said: “As the freehold owners of London Luton we are delighted with these results and that we can now press ahead with this exciting development. We have been working hard with LLAOL to deliver a shared ambition for the people who live and work in and around the area, which will deliver over 5,000 jobs by 2031.”
Source:- London Luton Airport