Improved rail connectivity for London Luton Airport
Published: 23 May 2014
London Luton Airport welcomes the news that Govia Thameslink Railway Limited (Govia) will operate the Thameslink Rail Franchise serving the Airport from September 2014.
The new franchise will see the introduction of a minimum of two services an hour around the clock between London St. Pancras International and Luton Airport Parkway.
Each year an extra 400,000-600,000 existing passengers are expected to take advantage of the additional early morning services when the Airport is at its busiest. This number is expected to grow as the number of passengers using the Airport increases in line with the development of London Luton between now and the end of the rail franchise.
The Airport looks forward to assisting Govia with upgrades to the signage and wayfinding systems in the Terminal building, Luton Airport Parkway and St Pancras International, which will make the journey to and from London Luton even easier; as well as simplified ticketing options, such as smartcards, and removing the separate and confusing charge for the shuttle bus to the Terminal building.
Glyn Jones, Managing Director of London Luton Airport, said: “Coming just a couple of weeks after the Airport received the green light from the Government to invest in London Luton’s future, it’s important that an improved rail service between now and 2021 keeps pace with the demands of a developing Airport and its passengers. Under the Department for Transport’s new approach to involve stakeholders like the Airport in how rail franchises can be better managed and improved, we look forward to working with Govia to improve the speed and frequency of trains serving the Airport and to deliver long term creative solutions to some of the legacy issues that have impacted the overall experience of travelling to and from London Luton by train”.
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Notes to Editors
London Luton Airport is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried 9.7 million passengers in 2013. The Airport directly and indirectly employs over 600 and 8,000 staff respectively and is a key economic driver for the region.
easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomson, EL AL, Atlasjet, Blue Air, and TAROM operate from the airport, departing to over 100 destinations including services to Europe, Africa, and Asia, with onward connections to Mumbai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Beijing and Bangkok via Tel Aviv.