Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, comments on the publication of the Airports Commission report:
“There can be no doubt that the nearly-350 page report is fully comprehensive and has examined all sides of the debate. We welcome its publication; now the politicians must deliver.
“The report makes clear that a new runway may not be available for several years, yet London’s airport system needs to grow and thrive in the meantime. We’re currently investing £100m to meet the growing demand for air travel in the short-medium term.
“Even with the addition of a seventh London runway, according to the DfT’s own projections capacity by 2030 will still struggle to meet demand. That means we need to realise the full potential of the runways we already have. London needs an integrated transport plan focused, particularly on rail connections, to improve transport links to and from London’s airports and free up the additional capacity the UK so vitally needs.”
London Luton Airport (LLA) is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried 10.5 million passengers in 2014. The Airport employs over 8,600 staff and is a key economic driver for the region.
easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomson, EL AL, Atlasglobal, Blue Air, TAROM, SunExpress, Iberia (Air Nostrum), La Compagnie and VLM operate from the airport, departing to over 110 destinations including services to Europe, Africa, and Asia.
The Airport is operated and developed by a consortium of which the majority shareholder is AENA, the world’s largest airport operator, and Ardian, a major European investor.
LLA is currently investing over £100million to transform the Airport and increase capacity from 12 million to 18million passengers per year by 2026. The redevelopment plans will include a complete redesign of the terminal, bringing in new and exciting retail and dining options, and major upgrades to transport links, including better road access to the M1, new car parking facilities, a remodelled bus and coach interchange and improved rail links.