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Luton airport bosses calling for better rail links

London Luton Airport. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton airport bosses are calling for better rail links to the terminal after it had its busiest ever May.

1.5 million passengers travelled through last month, an increase of 3.6%

There is already a multi-million pound redevelopment taking place, but in the meantime the airport is calling on bidders for the franchise to include four fast trains per hour into central London.

The Cabinet's recent approval of the third runway at Heathrow will not solve London's capacity problems alone. Regional airports need to be able to meet their full potential, and improved rail links are essential to achieving that.

The DfT has recognised that in the East Midlands rail franchise and we hope the bidding rail companies will seize this once-in-a-decade opportunity to improve rail services for passengers and help ease the UK's capacity crunch.

– Nick barton, CEO of London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport carried 15.8 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 8.6% since 2016.

9,400 people are employed in connection with the airport.