New passenger record for London Luton Airport

New passenger record for London Luton Airport

Some 1,008,184 passengers travelled through London Luton Airport in November, an increase of 5.6 per cent when compared with the same month in the previous year.

This is the first time the airport has welcomed over a million travellers in the month of November.

It also marks 44 months of consecutive growth at the airport.

These latest figures are further evidence of the continued and increasing demand among passengers for air travel.

Separate figures from the department for transport predict that passenger demand will double by 2050.

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Currently the capacity at UK airports is struggling to keep pace.

In response, LLA is investing over £150 million to transform the airport and increase annual capacity by 50 per cent to 18 million passengers by 2020. 

The redevelopment will deliver much-needed capacity.

Nick Barton, chief executive, LLA, said: “As the transport select committee scrutinises the government’s airports national policy statement, the issue of airport capacity in the south-east returns to the fore.

“With any new runway at Heathrow at least ten-15 years away from completion, we urgently need to create the conditions for regional airports to make the most of existing capacity.

“As one of the UK’s fastest-growing airports, LLA needs a direct express-style rail service to make the most of its potential to bring benefits to passengers and the economy.”