Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
18 August 2016 08:06
The number of passengers using London Luton Airport passed 1.5 million in July.
Passenger numbers at London Luton Airport (LLA) have risen ahead of expansion plans at the hub.
The number of people flying out of LLA in July surged by an impressive 15.4% compared to last year, as the airport plans a number of expansion projects to support growing demand.
The increase means 1.5 million passengers used the facility in July, but the new work will increase capacity to 18 million passengers.
A new security search area has already been built while a new dual carriageway, access road and multi-storey car park are set to open within months.
Light rail link
New proposals for a £200m light rail link from Luton Airport Parkway train station to LLA will cut journey times to the airport from central London.
The plans, which will be funded Luton Borough Council, will see the introduction of driverless trains to transfer air passengers from the train station, replacing the current bus service which takes 15 minutes.
It could cut journey times from London St Pancras to below 30 minutes according to the airport. Currently the shortest train journey from London to Luton Airport Parkway is 20 minutes from St Pancras International before passengers are forced to take a shuttle bus for the last mile of the journey.
The 1.4 mile link will run 24 hours a day and connect with the airport's parking facilities. The service will be completed in 2020.
Making travel "quicker and easier"
Chief executive Nick Barton 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."
There are plans to employ additional staff, offer two hours' free parking in the long-term car park, extend free Wi-Fi service and install device charge points.
Mr Barton continued: "In the longer term, our £110 million redevelopment project will expand our security and immigration areas, introduce a host of new shopping and dining options and deliver major transport upgrades make travel through LLA quicker and easier."
When flying from any airport the travellers are advised to take out trusted travel insurance to protect themselves against any unexpected flight cancellation or delays.
28 April 2017
Holidaymakers will be able to jet off to eight new destinations from Belfast next summer, following the expansion of a budget airline.
27 April 2017
The port city of Liverpool is to be the starting point of the biggest round the world ocean race.
26 April 2017
Nearly three-quarters of patients diagnosed with cancer in A&E had previously seen their GP with related symptoms, according to research.
25 April 2017
Researchers recently suggested cycling could reduce the risk of cancer - and now a campaign has launched urging people to get on two wheels.
22 April 2017
The flag for Britain will be flown on a global scale at the forthcoming Clipper Round the World Race.
21 April 2017
Want to lower your risk of suffering cancer or heart disease? Then get on your bike.
20 April 2017
Researchers have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the way in which breast cancer grows and spreads.
19 April 2017
Budget airline easyJet has apologised over an incident in which two passengers were ordered to leave an overbooked flight.
14 April 2017
Holidays have topped the priority lists of people approaching retirement, with close to two thirds (64%) aiming to go on more trips once they leave the world of work behind.
13 April 2017
A major bank has outlined plans to become more "dementia-friendly".
12 April 2017
Restrictions should be put in place to curb the drinking of alcohol before early-morning flights, a House of Lords committee has suggested.
11 April 2017
Drivers heading to airports and ferry ports this bank holiday weekend have been told to expect heavy traffic.