The rate of passengers is increasing day by day at London Luton Airport. Due to which there is a need of more facilities for the travellers. We all know that in the last few years, there are huge increment of passengers at the airport which makes travelling a difficult task. Luton Borough Council approved the near-doubling of passengers. The airport is already reaching its maximum annual threshold. But the local campaigners who have complained about more planes flying over heavily populated areas have been told that they are “optical illusion”.
At a recent district council committee meeting, Sandra Wood asked the airport bosses: “How near are you to increase the capacity of the airport?”
Operation Director, Neil Thompson said:
“I admitted that there had been “one big change” since the airport had received expansion approval to cater for 18 million passengers annually.”
Whereas, it had originally planned to reach the figure by around 2026-28, but now look, it could be as early as 2020 if not possible before.
“For this year, we will be just under 15 million passengers.”
The councillors and campaigners are worried that there is a need to expand the airport as soon as possible. Otherwise, it will further crowd our roads and skies.
A Spokesman said:
“The borough council receives £2.86 per passenger, there was little incentive to stop the airport’s continued growth. The current situation is that our application and concession agreement to run the airport allows us to increase capacity to 18 million passengers a year. We’ve just started a £110 million investment program to do that. We are focused on delivering that transformation and making sure the local community benefits from the new jobs and opportunities that are being created by the development of the airport.”
Due to increase in the number of passengers at London Luton Airport, the local residents and travellers are facing a lot of problems at the airport. Due to which, the Borough Council is trying to handle the situation and has planned to increase the capacity of the airport as soon as possible.
Source: UK AIRPORT NEWS
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