Posted on: 21 January 2016 by Ross McSweeny
easyJet has joined representatives of London Luton Airport (LLA) and the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, at a ceremony marking the official start of a £110m redevelopment of the airport.
The airline, which celebrated its 20th birthday last year, was founded in Luton and the airport remains its head office base with 1800 staff working at the airport. LLA is now easyJet’s third largest base, from which it carries over 5m passengers per year on 51 routes to destinations across Europe.
Sophie Dekkers, director of the UK market for easyJet, stated, “We are delighted to be here today to celebrate the ground breaking (pictured), marking the official start of the redevelopment, which will provide greater benefits for passengers. As the number one airline at the airport, the redevelopment was a key factor in our commitment to double our passenger numbers at London Luton Airport over the next 10 years.
“We have already started this expansion having introduced 10 new routes in the past year and added four more aircraft based at the airport this year. We are really pleased to be supporting the airport through the project – the results of which will ultimately provide much needed improvements to the airport and enable passenger numbers to increase which will in turn drive economic growth and jobs for Luton and the surrounding region,” Dekkers concluded.
“Expansion at LLA is strategically vital to ensure that we can meet rapidly rising demand for air travel in the South East. Our £110 million transformation is also set to give a huge boost to the local economy and will create thousands of new jobs for local people,” commented Nick Barton, CEO of London Luton Airport. “The growth of easyJet since it launched at LLA 20 years ago is a great story. The redevelopment of the airport will play a big part in its continued success.”