Major work begins on London Luton Airport Terminal redevelopment

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UK: Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP has officially broke ground on the redevelopment of the passenger terminal at LLA on 21st of January. The transformation will increase annual capacity at the airport by 50% from 12 million to 18 million passengers per year by 2020.

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP, said: “The transformation of London Luton Airport is adding to the UK’s reputation for world class aviation infrastructure. Not only will its development help to meet demand for aviation but will also create thousands of jobs.”


Once complete in 2020 the investment will not only have increased capacity but also transformed the experience for passengers through:

  • A complete redesign of the terminal to create a quick, efficient, friendly and convenient experience.
  • Doubling of the existing retail space, introducing new exciting shopping and dining options and a new £1 million executive lounge.
  • Double the existing capacity in the security search, immigration and baggage reclaim areas.
  • A new multi-storey car park with 1,700 spaces.
  • Major transport improvements including the addition of overnight trains from London St Pancras and the introduction of Oyster card services through to the terminal building.
  • An expanded range of airlines and routes, including more frequent services to popular cities and anticipated new flights to exciting new destinations such as Dubai, Orlando and Cancún.

Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, commented: “As the Secretary of State made clear, expansion at LLA is strategically vital to ensure that we can meet rapidly rising demand for air travel in the South East over the next 15-20 years. Our £110 million transformation is also set to give a huge boost to the local economy and will create thousands of new jobs for local people.

“Passengers will benefit from a more efficient, friendly and convenient airport. We’re working hard to improve their experience further by seeking to introduce a dedicated new Express rail service with four fast trains per hour and a fixed link to the terminal from Parkway train station.”

At the event LLA also formally announced the appointment of McLaughlin & Harvey as principal contractors on the terminal redevelopment works. In addition, local firm Buckingham Group has won the contract to build a new multi-storey car park at the airport. Another contractor, Whitemountain, is already on site delivering a new bus interchange, improved drop-off facilities and airport road upgrades.