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Luton airport plans expansion
January 17th, 2012 by elisa

Luton airport is hoping to increase its capacity from 10 to 18 million passengers annually, and create a further 6,000 jobs.

The local council has been looking at ways to increase capacity and jobs, and is expected to be given the go ahead as the Government are keen to increase airport capacity in the South East without adding runways.

Councillor Robin Harris, chair LLAL, the company that owns the airport on behalf of Luton borough council said: “We’re at the very beginning of a journey that builds on the tremendous success we have seen through the last decade and will ultimately bring huge benefits to Luton and the wider region – with jobs and much-needed income.”

Cllr Robin Harris said: “We will consult actively and listen carefully ahead of submitting a planning application but we must be ready to embrace market demand in the future. The benefits that will flow from the airport’s development will be realised in the local, regional and national economies.”

It is currently unclear where the extra passengers will come from, but it has been suggested that budget airlines could fill the gap and provoke strong competition with Stanstead. Good train links to London will also hopefully attract business travellers.

 


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