17 APRIL 2017
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The dual carriageway runway underpass into the terminal area has partially opened at Luton Airport just in time for the Easter rush. From the right turn into the Mid-Term car park (free for 15min drop-off) just before the bridge vehicles are into a chargeable area (£3) unless visiting, by previous arrangement, the airport management or easyJet.
Figures published last week show that a record 15m passengers passed through the airport in the last 12 months. The March numbers of 1.2m confirm a 15.7% increase over the same month last year.
These numbers have helped Luton operators to reap £25.3m of dividends. Passenger numbers increased by 19% to a record 14.6m in 2016, helping profits to surge by 23% to £44.2m. The airport freehold is owned by Luton Borough Council and is run by Spain’s Aena (51%) and France’s Ardian (49%), which paid £394m in 2013 for a concession to operate it until 2031. Luton Council takes a passenger tax.
Luton is dominated by easyJet, the FTSE 100 carrier that first flew from the airport in 1995. Wizz, also LSE-listed and Luton's second-biggest carrier, is expanding rapidly at Luton, from where it will fly to 42 destinations this summer.
The airport is midway through a £110m expansion that will increase capacity to 18m passengers by 2020.
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