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London Luton Airport embarks on £100m transformation

Published: 02 July 2014

Final planning consent for programme to increase passenger numbers, jobs and provide major economic boost

Final planning consent has been given for a £100m development of London Luton Airport. The work will increase annual passenger capacity from 12 million to 18 million by 2031 and enable London Luton to become a leading airport serving those living in London, Luton and the surrounding regions.  

The plans, including an expanded and modernised terminal building and improved surface access, are forecast to increase the Airport’s annual economic impact by £283m to £1.2bn, and create over 5,000 jobs in Luton and the surrounding areas.

Final planning consent was provided by Luton Borough Council after the Department for Communities and Local Government ruled in April this year that the planning application could proceed.  

The project has commenced with the launch of a procurement process, under OJEU rules, for contractors to deliver the substantial works involved. 

Commenting on the start of the development programme, Clive Condie, Executive Chairman of London Luton Airport, said:“This marks the start of an exciting new journey for London Luton, as we begin the process of transforming the Airport to deliver a great experience for our customers, Luton and the surrounding regions.  Our vision is for a vastly improved Airport which plays a major role in providing more capacity in the London system”.

The announcement follows a number of significant developments at London Luton under new owners Aena, the world’s largest airports operator, and the Infrastructure fund of Ardian, a private investment company.  In March this year, the Airport signed a new 10-year deal with easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, which will more than double the number of easyJet passengers using the Airport to over 9m a year.  The Airport is set to see a record number of passengers go through its terminal this year, with numbers expected to outstrip the previous high of 10.3m in 2008.

Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s Commercial Director said: “As London Luton’s largest airline, currently flying just under 5 million passengers in and out of the airport each year, we welcome the news that final planning consent has been granted. Delivering these development plans will not only enable London Luton to meet its full potential, with easyJet offering an even greater range of business and leisure destinations, but also drive economic growth and provide more jobs for Luton and the surrounding region.”

The construction work at London Luton Airport will take place over three phases and will include the following:

A larger, modernised terminal building to accommodate and equip:

  • Up to 20 security passenger screening lanes;

  • 15 immigration passenger screening lanes;
  • Up to 8 international and 1 domestic passenger reclaim belts;
  • Increased retail, catering, circulation and seating areas;
  • A new two-storey pier;
  • A newly configured road system in front of the Central Terminal Area;

  • A new parallel taxiway to unlock capacity for an additional six million passengers a year from the existing runway;

  • New car parking facilities including a new multi-storey car park.


For more information please contact: Toby Pellew/Suzanne Morris, Headland Consultancy, 020 7367 5222

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.          

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