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​Shadow Secretary of State backs LLA and shows support for regional airports to boost jobs and growth

News   •   Jan 19, 2015 14:43 GMT

Michael Dugher MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, today visited London Luton Airport (LLA) to see the latest phase of its £100 million transformation project.

The visit comes after the Airport announced a record year for passenger numbers, with 10.5 million people flying from LLA in 2014, and confirmed the introduction of 10 new routes throughout 2015.

The Shadow Secretary of State was shown the redevelopment plans and works underway by new LLA CEO, Nick Barton and LLA Chairman, Clive Condie, which include:

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.

Exciting new shopping and eating options and the development of a new world-class executive lounge.

The Shadow Secretary of State also met with representatives from LLA’s shareholders Aena and Ardian, to hear how the transformation of the Airport will not only improve the experience for passengers, but add £283 million to the local economy and create 5,000 new jobs.

Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, said: “It’s a great time to welcome the Shadow Secretary of State to the Airport as the development plans reach a critical stage and we get ready for major reconstruction work to begin this year. 2014 was a milestone year for us as we hit record passenger numbers, thanks to the Airport’s easy access and great value air services on offer. The development plans shown to the Shadow Secretary of State today will ensure our growth continues by creating the best possible passenger experience.”

Michael Dugher MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, said: “It was great to visit London Luton Airport today to see first-hand the major transformation project that is underway, which includes important new improvements to transport links in the area. “Labour recognises how important aviation expansion is to our economy. These plans at London Luton Airport are impressive and will improve aviation connectivity in the South East, improve services for passengers and help the local economy to grow to boost the number of good quality jobs.”