Luton Airport

A major terminal upgrade at London Luton Airport is set to move forward after the airport obtained approval for its planning application from Luton Borough Council in Bedfordshire, England.

Construction on the new project will be executed in three phases, and involves expansion, modernisation and remodeling of the terminal building.

The revamp of terminal includes setting up of nearly 20 security passenger screening lanes, 15 immigration passenger screening lanes, and eight international and one domestic passenger luggage reclaim belts.

The project also plans increased retail, catering, circulation and seating areas, building of a new two-storey pier, and dualling of the road from the Holiday Inn Roundabout to new road system in front of the central terminal area.

Among other upgrades are construction of a parallel taxiway to increase capacity for an additional six million passengers annually, and a new multi-storey car park.

Following the approval of Luton Borough Council, the UK Department for Communities and Local Government will now consider if the application has to be determined by the secretary of state or whether the council can go ahead to issue the consent.

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Luton South MP Gavin Shuker said: "This is a great day for the town, and a much needed boost for our local economy. London Luton has returned over £210m in concession payments to the council since 1998, and it is good news for local taxpayers that these are set to increase between now and 2031 as the airport develops."

London Luton Airport handled 9.6 million passengers in 2012.

Image: London Luton Airport’s plan for expansion of its terminal building was approved by Luton Borough Council . Photo courtesy of Steff.