London Luton Airport records 17% passenger growth in May 2016

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Left: Luton Airport’s proposed light rail link between Luton Airport Parkway station and the airport terminal

Passenger numbers at London Luton Airport (LLA) grew by 17.6% in May 2016 compared with the same month last year, marking 26 months of consecutive growth for the UK airport. LLA also recorded its busiest day in its 78-year history on May 27, 2016, when 50,564 passengers passed through the airport.

To meet sustained customer demand LLA is investing £110m (US$156m) to increase the annual capacity by 50%, from 12 to 18 million passengers, by 2020. Plans have also been confirmed for a light rail link between Luton Airport Parkway station and the airport terminal, replacing the current bus service. Once the new link is complete, the journey from London St Pancras train station to the terminal will take less than 30 minutes.

Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, said, “Our ambitious redevelopment project is crucial for meeting the consistently high levels of demand for air travel we’re seeing in the Southeast – our record-breaking May is testament to this. As we wait for a decision from the government about a new runway, LLA is playing its part when it comes to addressing this demand in the short to medium term.”

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Helen has worked for UKi Media & Events for nearly a decade. She joined the company as assistant editor on Passenger Terminal World and since progressed to become editor of five publications, covering everything from aviation, logistics and e-commerce to meteorology. She has a love for travel and property and has redeveloped three houses in three years. When she’s not editing magazines, she’s running around after her two boys and their partner in crime, Pete the pug.

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