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London Luton posts record monthly traffic figure

London Luton Airport has outperformed all other UK airports in August, enjoying record passenger numbers as it posted its busiest month on record.

The gateway recorded an 11.8% increase in travellers during the month compared to same month in 2013, and says it beat London Gatwick Airport by 8.2%, while the average increase across all UK airports was 4.4%.

London Luton explains that it is on track for the busiest year in its 76-year history with the rise being driven by new routes and carriers and a new ten-year deal with easyJet announced in March, which will see the airline grow capacity by 20% over the next year.

New destinations on sale this summer included Naples, Catania and Skiathos with more opening up this winter, such as Copenhagen, Lyons and Basle.

The news comes as London Luton embarks on a £100 million redevelopment of the airport, which will increase annual passenger capacity from 12 million to 18 million per year by 2026.

The plans include an expanded and modernised terminal building, better rail and other surface transport links and improvements to the passenger experience, including additional screening lanes to reduce waiting times.  

The changes are forecast to increase the airport’s annual economic impact by £283 million to £1.2 billion per annum and create more than 5,000 new jobs.

Clive Condie, executive chairman of London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL), comments: “Interest in London Luton from leisure and business passengers has never been higher.

"This is a great platform from which to launch our ambitious redevelopment programme and enable London Luton to become a leading airport serving London, Luton and the surrounding regions.”

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