London Luton Airport records busiest summer ever with over one million passengers

12 August 2014 (Last Updated August 12th, 2014 18:30)

London Luton Airport in the UK has experienced its busiest summer ever, with more than one million passengers flying from the airport during June and July.

London Luton Airport in the UK has experienced its busiest summer ever, with more than one million passengers flying from the airport during June and July.

Passengers flew to more than 100 different destinations, which includes 15 new routes to destinations such as Naples, Catania and Skiathos. Several new routes to Copenhagen, Lyon and Basel will be available later this year.

The airport has predicted that it will see an increase in the number of passengers and that the number will be the highest in its 76 years in operation.

"Demand from leisure and business passengers was remarkable in June and July and we expect to announce record passenger numbers for August too."

Luton Airport also recently received a £100m grant for its development, which is set to increase its annual passenger capacity to 18 million travellers a year by 2031.

All the necessary planning processes have been cleared by the airport and it will soon start the development work.

The process of selecting contractors for the project has already started and the work is expected to begin early next year.

According to the plan, the terminal building will be expanded and modernised, surface access will be improved and there will be an improvement in overall passenger experience. It is expected to help in creating nearly 5,000 new jobs and increasing its annual economic impact to £1.2bn a year.

London Luton Airport operations executive chairman Clive Condie said: "Demand from leisure and business passengers was remarkable in June and July and we expect to announce record passenger numbers for August too.

"Our exciting redevelopment plan, together with the support of our owners and our airline and business partners, means we are on track to deliver a local airport of which Luton and the region can be proud."