Luton Airport’s redevelopment has taken off.
The groundbreaking ceremony, which was attended by the Transport Minister, Patrick McLoughlin commenced the £110 million plans.
Officials were also there from easyJet, the airport’s number one airline.
Carrying over five million passengers a year from Luton, this redevelopment will see easyJet achieve its growth strategy plans, which include increasing the number of aircraft it bases at Luton from 15 to 19.
easyJet was founded in Luton, and now offers passengers a choice of 51 routes, while employing 1,800 of staff. What’s more, it’s the airline’s third largest base. As a result, the airline saw an increase in passengers of 9%, which equates to 400,000 passengers last year; and over the next 10 years the airline wants to double its passenger numbers. This will be achieved by a mixture of increased frequency and by adding a further 10 new routes to its portfolio.
Speaking about the Luton Airport redevelopment, Sophie Dekkers, easyJet Director, said, “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.”
Whilst Nick Barton, Chief Executive Officer at 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.”