£110m Luton Airport redevelopment underway
A £110 million redevelopment of Luton Airport is underway after a groundbreaking ceremony attended by officials of anchor airline easyJet and Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin.
The overhaul will enable easyJet to continue its ambitious growth strategy at the airport which will result in an even greater range of business and leisure destinations for passengers. Over the last year, easyJet has increased its based aircraft at the airport from 15 to 19, raising passenger numbers by nine per cent or 400,000.
The airport is now easyJet’s third largest base and it carries over five million passengers a year on 51 routes to destinations across Europe.
The redevelopment will cater for the needs of passengers and transform their experience with faster journeys through to aircraft and increased range of amenities amongst the key benefits.
easyJet was founded in Luton and the airport remains its head office base with 1800 staff working there.
easyJet director Sophie Dekkers said that as the number one airline at Luton the redevelopment was a key factor in the commitment to double passenger numbers from the Bedfordshire hub over the next 10 years.
She said: “We have already started this expansion having introduced 10 new routes in the past year and added four more aircraft based at the airport this year.
“We are really pleased to be supporting the airport through the project – the results of which will ultimately provide much needed improvements to the airport and enable passenger numbers to increase which will in turn drive economic growth and jobs for Luton and the surrounding region.”
Nick Barton, CEO of London Luton Airport, added: “Expansion at LLA is strategically vital to ensure that we can meet rapidly rising demand for air travel in the South East. Our £110 million transformation is also set to give a huge boost to the local economy and will create thousands of new jobs for local people.
“The growth of easyJet since it launched at LLA 20 years ago is a great story. The redevelopment of the airport will play a big part in its continued success.”