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Record-breaking passenger numbers bring tourism season to a close for Luton Airport

London Luton Airport. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Luton Airport welcomed a record number of passengers to its terminal last month - up nearly 20% on last year.

September saw 1.2 million people choose to travel through the Bedfordshire airport - 19.2% more than in the same month in 2014 - making it the 18th consecutive month of growth.

Chief executive Nick Barton said the latest figure was proof that the airports £100m expansion plans were need.

"These record passenger numbers demonstrate the increasing popularity of London Luton Airport with travellers. They also highlight the importance of expanding the airport to help meet the capacity needs in the south-east."

– Nick Barton, chief executive, London Luton Airport.

Luton Airport's expansion plans will increase its annual capacity from 12 million passengers to 18 million by 2026, as well as adding extra shops and restaurants, and improving the site's rail links.


Airlines under pressure to help with the cost of training pilots

James Richardson from Cambridge has just started on the Future Pilot Programme. Credit: ITV News

Becoming a pilot is a dream job for many but, at a cost of more than a hundred thousand pounds, it's not easy to turn that dream into reality.

Pilot training is expensive and there's pressure on airlines to do more to help. But if you are thinking about it there are a number of opportunities out there, with one airline running a sponsored training scheme.

ITV News reporter Lauren Hall has been speaking to some of the new recruits from the Anglia region

Luton Airport has busiest summer on record

2.6m passengers passed through Luton Airport in July and August Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton Airport has had its busiest summer on record. More than two and a half million passengers travelled through the airport in July and August.

It was used by 1.4 million passengers in August alone, a 16% rise on the same period in 2014.

The airport is also investing £100m to increase its annual capacity from 12 million to 18 million by 2026.

“This record-breaking summer has demonstrated the increasing popularity of London Luton Airport and has highlighted the need for expansion in order to meet the demands of our passengers.

"The £100m we are investing will ensure that we are able to give all our passengers a quick, easy and good value service at London Luton.”

– Nick Barton, CEO of London Luton Airport


Motorway junction upgrade for quicker access to Luton airport

Leaving and joining the M1 from Luton airport should be quicker with an upgraded junction. Credit: Sarah Cooper

Getting to Luton airport should be easier in future with the official opening of a new look Junction 10 on the M1. The project has cost £30 million.

The roundabout has been replaced by an overpass and an underpass to try and reduce queues and delays.

It has been paid for with £25m from the government and the rest from the council and local third parties.

The project to upgrade the M1 junction near Luton has cost £30m. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Watch time-lapse footage of the new motorway junction being constructed by clicking below

Terror arrest at Luton Airport

A British woman has been arrested by counter-terrorism officers at Luton Airport.

Scotland Yard said the 21-year-old was stopped at about 11.15am after landing on a flight from Istanbul, Turkey.

She was arrested on suspicion of the preparation of acts of terrorism and is being held a police station in South London.

Airline back on track in time for summer schedule

Luton based airline Monarch say it's on course to return to profit this year following a rescue package of more than £100 million and hundreds of redundancies.

The carrier has reduced its fleet by eight planes to 34 and will end long-haul and charter flights this summer as it turns itself into a short-haul airline.

It was rescued last year by family investment firm Greybull Capital, who pumped £125 million into the loss-making company. The business also axed 700 jobs.

Monarch Airlines set to return to profit Credit: Press Association
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