London Luton Airport (LLA) has reported a record 10.5 million passengers passed through its terminal in 2014, representing an 8.1% increase on 2013.
The rise in passenger numbers was due in part to the introduction of 15 new destinations last year; a theme that is set to continue in 2015 with 10 new routes already confirmed.
The additional routes are part of the airport’s vision for the future that was launched in December and includes a £100m (US$151m) physical transformation to increase annual capacity from 12 million to 18 million passengers by 2026.
The project will see a raft of improvements, including upgrades to transport links, including better road access to the M1, new car parking facilities, a remodelled bus and coach interchange and improved rail links; more domestic, European and international destinations added to the airport’s route network; a major redesign of the terminal to create a quick, efficient, friendly and convenient passenger experience; and exciting new shopping and eating options and the development of a new world-class executive lounge.
Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, said, “2014 was a milestone year for the airport. Record passenger numbers and the launch of a bold new identity to mark the start of the £100m (US$151m) transformation are all great platforms from which to start 2015. Increasing numbers of air passengers chose to use LLA due to the ease of access from London and the surrounding regions and the great value air services on offer. The transformation of the airport will continue to attract new airlines, new routes and more passengers, ensuring LLA becomes a leading airport for London, Luton and the surrounding regions.”