The latest set of record figures, which mark 22 consecutive months of growth at the airport, come just two weeks after secretary of state for transport Patrick McLoughlin MP hailed LLA as an example of the UK’s “world-class aviation infrastructure.”
Speaking at the official ground-breaking ceremony for LLA’s £110m transformation project, McLoughlin emphasised that the transformation of LLA will create 10,500 jobs for the economy.
Passengers are also set to benefit from much greater choice and convenience as a result of the transformation plan, which will see capacity increase by 50% from 12 million passengers per year to 18 million.
The extra capacity means that travellers will enjoy a wider range of destinations and more frequent flights from LLA than ever before.
Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, said: “Following a record year in 2015, LLA has carried that momentum through into 2016. The latest figures show that demand from passengers is continuing to grow strongly.
"The arrival of three new airlines – Adria Airways, Vueling and Transavia – in 2016 will help us meet that demand. Looking further ahead, our £110m transformation is now well underway.
"The redevelopment will further boost passenger convenience and choice, and as the secretary of state made clear, it will also be vital in easing the South East’s capacity constraints over the medium term.”
The £110m transformation will deliver major upgrades to the airport’s facilities, including:
Transport access has already been improved through a major upgrade to junction 10a of the M1 and the introduction of overnight trains between St Pancras International and Luton Airport Parkway.