2 NOVEMBER 2015
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Record passenger numbers passed through Luton Airport (LTN) in September. The total of 1.2m marked a 19.2% increase on the same month last year and set the seal on 18 months’ consecutive growth at the airport despite the major development works there.
LTN is investing £100m to meet growing demand and September also saw the programme take two major steps forward with Whitemountain named as the first construction contractor and a new enlarged security area opened.
Whitemountain, part of the Lagan group, has begun work and will manage the construction and civil engineering of landside infrastructure and transport facilities.
The existing approach road to the terminal building will be turned into a dual carriageway, short-stay car parks and on-airport road network redeveloped, set-down area remodelled and coach terminal repositioned.
The security area has been relocated to the ground floor and significantly expanded to handle the growing passenger numbers.
Officials say the £100m investment, which also involves a complete resdesign of the terminal, improved rail services including overnight trains, more retail space and a “world-class” executive lounge, will increase the airport’s annual capacity from 12m to 18m passengers by 2026. www.london-luton.co.uk
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