Nearly 1.7 million passengers landed at London Luton Airport (LLA) in August this year, representing a 3.1% increase on last year.

As a result of increased passenger arrivals, last month proved LLA’s busiest-ever period and the 19th consecutive month that more than one million passengers have travelled through the airport.

LLA said that demand was more than ever before, with an average of 93.4% of seats sold on each flight, compared to August last year.

Paphos, Venice and Tenerife were among the busiest flight routes.

London Luton Airport CEO Nick Barton said: “The ease, speed and simplicity of travelling through LLA has contributed to a record summer at the airport, as well as the wide range of destinations we offer. Our transformation is nearly complete and will continue to support our growth.”

“The ease, speed and simplicity of travelling through LLA has contributed to a record summer at the airport.”

During summer this year, passengers benefitted from LLA’s £160m transformation, which included a larger and redesigned terminal, new boarding pier and larger security search area.

The redevelopment, which is slated for completion by the end of this year, will boost capacity to 18 million by 2020.

Additionally, it will enable the airport to meet the growing passenger demand for air travel.

LLA said that work has also commenced on the Direct Air Rail Transit (DART) aimed at replacing the current shuttle bus between Luton Airport Parkway station and the terminal.

Upon becoming operational, the DART will run round the clock and help to slash the journey time to central London to less than 30 minutes.