London Luton Airport making sure it’s on track for the London 2012 Olympics
Published: 31 October 2011
London Luton Airport has today announced plans to carry out essential improvements on the approach road to the Airport and Central Terminal Area to ease traffic delays and prepare the Airport for the arrival of spectators during the London 2012 Olympics.
The plan is to construct two new traffic lanes to the south of “Airport Way”, through the existing underpass, leading directly into a newly created set down system in the Central Terminal Area. Details and images of the plan have been submitted to Luton Borough Council for approval. Improving the experience for passengers, as well as benefiting local businesses and residents, the planned infrastructure enhancements will relieve traffic congestion en route to the Airport along the East Luton corridor via the A1081.
Glyn Jones, Managing Director of London Luton, said, “We are now the 5th largest Airport in the UK, attracting nearly 10 million passengers a year. The plans we have put forward to improve the Airport’s road infrastructure will help manage the growth we have generated in recent years at one of the regional economy’s most important assets. This is an important part of improving the travel experience of all our passengers, including the many visitors to the Olympic Games who we are expecting to pass through the airport next year.”
London Luton Airport was recently announced by the Mayor of London as one of 35 locations to host Olympic London Ambassadors. The Airport’s close proximity to London makes it one of the fastest and most convenient gateways to the Games, and this proposal is an important part of preparing the Airport’s infrastructure for the Olympics.
Attila Dankovics, Head of Marketing, Sales and Communications at Wizz Air stated “As the largest low cost carrier between London and Central and Eastern Europe, we expect air travel to increase during the Games, so we welcome the plans to improve access for our passengers heading to London Luton in 2012.”
Ahead of the Games, the Airport is preparing itself for the arrival of VIPs, dignitaries, and many of the Games’ sponsors, using private jet operators. Signature Flight Support, Harrods Aviation and Ocean Sky are predicted to handle many more additional flights to the Airport.
Joe Gibney, Managing Director of Signature Flight Support, added, “As the busiest business aviation airport in the UK, we expect many of our global customers to take advantage of London Luton Airport’s great services and convenient access to London. Our plans are well underway to accommodate the influx of visiting dignitaries, business leaders and sports enthusiasts.”
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Notes to Editors
London Luton Airport is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried almost 9 million passengers in 2010. The Airport employs over 500 staff, is a key economic driver for the region and a major base for ‘low cost’ or ‘no frills’ air travel.
easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomson, Aer Arann, EL AL, Blue Air and Flybe operate from the airport, departing to over 90 destinations including services to Europe, Africa, and Asia, with onward connections to Mumbai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Beijing and Bangkok via Tel Aviv.
The Airport is operated and developed by a consortium of which Abertis Infraestructuras, a leading European infrastructure provider, is a 90 per cent majority shareholder and Aena Internacional, the international business arm of Aena - the Spanish national airport and air traffic control organisation, is a 10 per cent shareholder.
Wizz Air, the largest low fare –low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, carried 10,7 million passengers in the last 12 months. The airline's fleet currently consists of 35 Airbus A320 aircraft operating from 15 bases in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Lithuania.
Signature Flight Support Corporation, a BBA Aviation plc company, is the world’s largest fixed-base operation (FBO) and distribution network for business aviation services. Signature services include fueling, hangar and office rentals, ground handling, maintenance and a wide range of crew and passenger amenities at strategic domestic and international locations. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Signature currently operates at more than 100 locations in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. For more information, please visit: www.signatureflight.com