Aviation Minister visit- Nick Barton, CEO, London Luton Airport (LLA); Baroness Liz Sugg, Aviation Minister; Clive Condie, Chairman, LLA; Ruari Maybank, Construction Director, LLA
The airport saw over one million passengers pass through its doors in January, a 3.6% rise on the same period last year.
A total of 1,021,954 passengers travelled through London Luton Airport (LLA) in January this year, marking a new record for the airport.
These latest statistics come at the start of a landmark year for LLA. In 2018, the airport will celebrate its 80th anniversary and reach the next stage of its redevelopment.
Already this year, LLA has welcomed the aviation minister, Baroness Sugg, who toured the airport and viewed the progress of LLA’s current £150m redevelopment programme.
The investment will create a bigger and better terminal, increasing the airport’s annual capacity to 18 million passengers by 2020.
The newly-extended terminal building will open later this year with a variety of new shops and restaurants as well as more seating and additional boarding gates.
Separately, the airport hosted a week-long Westminster exhibition attended by a number of MPs including Chris Grayling, secretary of state for transport, and Gavin Shuker, MP for Luton South.
It highlighted LLA’s role in connecting Britain over the past 80 years and emphasised the need to improve rail connections to the airport or risk missing an opportunity to support future economic growth.
Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, said: “2018 is already off to a fantastic start. We’ve seen another record-breaking month, welcoming over one million passengers in January for the first time.
“This is yet more evidence of the continued demand for air travel, and another reminder of the UK’s urgent need for additional aviation capacity.”
The airports success in January marks its 12th consecutive month of growth.
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