Passenger traffic increases by 15% at London Luton in July

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Left: Design rendering of Luton Airport’s proposed light rail link

Passenger numbers at London Luton Airport (LLA) passed 1.5 million in July 2016, a 15.4% increase over the same month the previous year.

The latest passenger numbers highlight the growing demand for air travel across the Southeast of England, with London Luton Airport planning to increase capacity by 50%, to 18 million passengers per year, by 2020. Construction for the project is well underway, with a new dual carriageway access road and multi-story car park due to open this autumn.

Looking further ahead, plans have also been confirmed for a £200m (US$263m) light rail link to replace the current shuttle bus between Luton Airport Parkway train station and the airport terminal. Once complete, the journey from London St Pancras to the terminal door will take less than 30 minutes, bringing LLA closer to Central London than both London Gatwick and Stansted airports.

Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, said, “The summer holiday period is now in full swing. These latest figures show that more people are choosing to travel through LLA than ever before.

“This summer, we are employing additional staff, offering two hours free parking in the long-term car park, extending our free wi-fi service, and have installed device charging points.”

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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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