Luton Airport starts 2018 with 1 million passengers in January

More than 1 million people travelled through London Luton Airport last month.

A total of 1,021,954 passengers used the airport – which is a 3.6% increase compared with the same period in 2017.

In fact, January’s outstanding numbers add up to another new record for the airport, as it has now had more than a million passengers a month for the past 12 consecutive months.

This year, London Luton Airport marks its 80th birthday and celebrates the latest stage in its ongoing £150 million redevelopment programme.

As Aviation Minister, Baroness Sugg, discovered during a recent tour of the airport, the plans aim to offer a bigger and better airport to more and more passengers. The ongoing improvements should increase capacity and enable the airport to welcome 18 million people a year by 2020.

Later this year, the airport will unveil its newly extended terminal building, offering a host of new shops and restaurants, plus extra seating areas and more boarding gates to make travelling through the airport as easy and convenient as possible for passengers.

Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, said: “2018 is already off to a fantastic start. We’ve seen another record-breaking month, welcoming over one million passengers in January for the first time. This is yet more evidence of the continued demand for air travel, and another reminder of the UK’s urgent need for additional aviation capacity.

“Currently demand for air travel is outpacing capacity. Our current redevelopment and expansion will help to provide part of the solution. However, we also need improved rail links to Luton Airport Parkway. The new East Midlands franchise is a once in a decade opportunity to deliver the air capacity UK travellers want and that the economy needs. We can’t afford to miss it.”