17 DECEMBER 2018
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After a three-year £160m redevelopment programme, Luton Airport's newly-renovated terminal was officially opened last week. Spokesmen say it will allow the airport to increase annual capacity 18m passengers by 2020.
Since the work began, passenger numbers have already risen 35%, with more than 16.5m expected to fly in 2018, an increase of 5% on 2017.
The opening ceremony was performed by transport secretary Chris Grayling, who said: "London Luton's investment firmly puts passengers at the heart of development and will improve the experience of those using it.
"Supporting thriving airports like London Luton will form a part of the government's Aviation 2050 consultation, ensuring the benefits of transformation are felt across the local area."
Airport CEO Nick Barton added: "This is a new era for us. We are the fastest-growing major London airport and are now in a position to play an increasingly important role in the UK's aviation network."
The airport now has 30 new retail stores, more than 1,000 more seats and free wi-fi, a new boarding pier with eight additional gates and a larger security search area. Work continues on the passenger arrival facilities (ssee COMMENT BTN 10 December).
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