London Luton Airport posts rising passenger numbers as its major revamp stays on track with go-ahead for £200m rail link

Rebecca Smith
An artist's impression of the new rail link
An artist's impression of the new rail link (Source: Luton)

Passenger numbers at London Luton Airport rose by 6.2 per cent last month compared to the year before, as the airport works on its biggest investment programme to date to increase capacity by 50 per cent.

The latest figures, showing a 6.2 per cent increase compared to June last year, mean the airport has now recorded 39 consecutive months of passenger growth.

Luton recently got the go-ahead for its £200m rail link to support rising demand, which will link the airport terminal to Luton Airport Parkway station. The 24-hour, 1.4 mile line will replace the existing shuttle bus service, and is expected to enter operation in 2021.

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The rail link is part of a major redevelopment of the airport, including improvements to surrounding roads and the layout of the terminal.

Luton is also calling on the government for an express-style rail service to provide at least four trains per hour to central London, as part of the refranchising of the East Midlands rail line later this year.

Nick Barton, chief executive of London Luton, said:

LLA is the fastest growing major airport in the UK, yet it is the only London airport without an express-style service.

An improved rail service, in conjunction with the new mass passenger transit link, will improve the experience for passengers, deliver significant environmental benefits for local communities and accelerate economic growth across the region.

The airport says the express-style service would contribute an extra £100m in revenue to government and the rail franchisee, while it forecasts the development would take over 70,000 cars per year off the M1.

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