19 MARCH 2012


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Article from BTNews 19 MARCH 2012

Luton Airport development – The operators plan

Following Luton Council’s ideas on the development of what is London’s fourth busiest airport (AERBT 13 February), the Spanish-owned operating company LLAOL (London Luton Airport Operations Ltd)  has come up with its own ideas for the way ahead.  The Council plan closes for comment 26 March and sees capacity at 18m.  The LLAOL scheme, which is more detailed, closes  25 April. It says that 16m is the target.

LLAOL’s ideas include duelling the road from the Holiday Inn to the central terminal area, and bringing unused parts of the terminal building back into use.  The front of the terminal building would be extended to create a new entrance foyer with more passenger seating and retail areas on the upper level.  The internal layout would be re-organised to create a more logical route from check in, through the lounge and to the gates.  Arriving passengers will have an easier route too.

Airside improvements include a new southern ‘pier’ and an increase on the number of stands.  Both agree that some form of extended taxiway is needed to increase  runway movements. 

Luton Airport is operated by LLAOL under a 30-year arrangement signed in 1998.  The agreement allows the Council to break the concession on 1 April 2014. www.london-luton.co.uk  www.futureluton.co.uk

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