LLA is addressing this continued demand by investing £110million to transform the airport. Contractors are on site working on a redevelopment that will facilitate the expansion of the airport’s annual capacity by 50%, from 12 to 18 million passengers by 2020.
Improving the passenger experience is a central part of the redevelopment which will see expanded retail and dining space and upgraded facilities in the terminal. This includes a new world class walk-through Aelia duty free store, operated by Lagardere Retail Travel, which was officially opened earlier this month.
Passengers are also benefitting from an ever-increasing choice of destinations with LLA’s 15 airline partners. June saw Adria Airways launch flights to Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, while this month will see Air Nostrum’s service to the beautiful Spanish beach resort San Sebastian commence on 26th July.
In addition, work is underway to upgrade the airport’s transport links. A dual carriageway to the terminal is due to open later this year and plans have also been confirmed for a £200million light rail link to replace the current bus service between Luton Airport Parkway and the terminal. Once the new link is complete, the journey from London St Pancras to the terminal door will take less than 30 minutes, bringing LLA closer to central London than both Gatwick and Stansted.
Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, said: “With a decision on future runway capacity put on hold LLA remains the only London airport that is expanding capacity to meet rapidly growing demand.
The priority now is to make sure the travelling public can easily access our increasing range of destinations and new facilities, giving people more choice and flexibility. That’s why in the build up to the new East Midlands rail franchise we are working hard to secure additional fast train services.”