More than 10.5 million passengers flew from the gateway during the year, an 8.1% rise on the year before, and comes as the €127 million Transformation moves forward and confirmation of 10 new routes for 2015.
The airport says the increase was due to the easy access from London and its great value air services as well as the introduction of 15 new destinations in 2014; a theme set to continue this year with a further 10 new routes already confirmed.
The first of those is to Vigo, on the Atlantic coast of north-west Spain, with Air Nostrum, the second airline to open up new routes from London Luton in the last two months.
This news comes after the launch in December, of the airport’s vision for the future, which saw the unveiling of a fresh new identity to mark the start of its £100 million physical transformation.
This development will increase annual capacity from 12 million to 18 million passengers by 2026 and bring about a raft of improvements, including:
• Major improvements 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.
• New shopping and eating options and the development of a new world-class executive lounge.
Nick Barton, CEO of London Luton, says: “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 €127 million million 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.”