Luton welcomes record 17 million passengers in last 12 months

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The airport experienced its busiest-ever April with 1.5 million passengers

London’s fourth airport has been undergoing a boom of its lifetime. Between April 2018 and April 2019, London Luton Airport (LLA) has served 17 million passengers which is the highest number in its history.

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This comes as the airport experienced its busiest-ever April. More than 1.5 million passengers travelled through the airport during the month which represents a 10.4 per cent increase compared to the same time last year.

Around 30 per cent of travellers were locals. In 2018 alone, five million passengers passing through the airport were from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

“We are also delighted to have welcomed a record number of local residents — we’re aware of the important role which we play in the local community and are always working to ensure that the benefits of our transformation are felt by everyone,” said Alberto Martin, CEO of LLA.

Tel Aviv remained in the top five most popular destinations followed by Budapest, Bucharest and Amsterdam.

Luton prepares for 18 million passengers by 2020

London Luton is one of the UK’s largest airports. In 2018, it carried 16.6 million passengers, an increase of five per cent compared to 2017. The airport indirectly employs over 9,400 staff and is a key economic driver for the region.

The airport’s route network serves 150 destinations in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Wizz Air, easyJet, Ryanair, Tui, EL AL, Blue Air, SunExpress, Iberia (Air Nostrum), Vueling and EL AL currently operate from LLA. Coincidentally, EL AL also recently celebrated 10 year anniversary at Luton. 

Luton has invested over $205 million (£160 million) to transform the airport and increase capacity to 18 million passengers per year by 2020.

The redevelopment includes a complete redesign of the terminal. This should bring in new shops and restaurants and major upgrades to transport links, including better road access to the M1 highway. New car parking facilities, a remodelled bus and coach interchange and improved rail links to Luton Airport Parkway station are in the making as well.