Posted on: 11 September 2017
With 1.6million passenger travelling through its terminal in August, London Luton Airport (LLA) has just celebrated its busiest summer ever in its 79-year history. The increase in passenger figures at the airport in August represents a 6.8% rise when compared with the same month in 2016.
From June to August a total of 4.7 million passengers travelled through the airport. “This summer we welcomed a record number of passengers to the airport, highlighting our continued popularity with business and leisure travellers alike,” said Nick Barton, CEO LLA.
To meet this continued demand LLA is carrying out the single biggest investment in its history to transform the airport and increase annual capacity by 50% by 2020. Improving the infrastructure and upgrading transport links to the airport have been integral to this investment. Alongside an expanded security search area and new shops and restaurants, passengers have already benefitted from improved parking facilities with a new multi-storey car park and a new dual carriageway access road that has helped alleviate congestion to and from the airport.
The airport is working with the Department for Transport (DFT) and rail operators to secure a dedicated airport express-style rail service as part of the upcoming East Midlands rail refranchising process. The airport also has plans for a £200million mass passenger transit (MPT) system to replace the current shuttle bus linking the airport with Luton Airport Parkway station.
Upgrading our transport links is essential to meeting this [increased] demand. We want to create an express-style service with four fast trains per hour, which will speed up our passengers’ journeys and provide essential capacity. It will also allow us to make Luton Airport Parkway station an integrated transport hub which will benefit the UK, the Three Counties region and bring us in link with the other major London airports.
Nick Barton, CEO LLA.