The UK's London Luton Airport (LLA) has announced the completion of the first phase of its £150m redevelopment.
The airport is operated by Spanish company AENA, in collaboration with a major European investor Ardian. The project is expected to generate a total of 10,500 new job opportunities and offer an additional £1bn to the UK economy by 2030.
Completion of phase one follows the opening of a new road network, a 1,700 multi-storey car park, and a redeveloped and extended bus and coach terminal.
Currently, construction work is underway on the second phase of the airport project. As part of the work, the terminal at LLA will be redesigned to expand the size of its immigration, security search, and retail and dining area to double.
LLA chief executive officer Nick Barton said: "LLA is a fantastic example of the close partnership between the UK and Spain.
"LLA is the fastest growing major airport in the UK. The support and experience of AENA has been a key contributing factor to our success.
"LLA’s transformation will provide much-needed air capacity for the south-east and improve the experience of the millions of passengers who travel with us each year.”
Scheduled to be completed in 2020, redevelopment of the airport will help expand its capacity by 50%, from 12 million passengers to 18 million a year.
Image: London Luton Airport. Photo: courtesy of fr:Utilisateur: Steff / Wikipedia.