Luton boosted by passenger traffic
London Luton Airport has been boosted by rising passenger numbers in February, making it the second consecutive month of growth for 2011.
The airport has managed to carry forward the rising traffic it enjoyed during a strong performance last year, when it processed almost nine million travellers.
Glyn Jones, Luton’s managing director, said the airport is now looking to add a number of new flights and increase its capacity to meet the growing demand from the public.
He said: “We believe that continued growth in passenger numbers demonstrates our route network and excellent transport links remain attractive to leisure and business travellers alike.
“New routes on sale and extra capacity from our airlines ensure we are meeting extra demand.”
Several major carriers, including Flybe and Aer Arann, fly to more than 90 destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Tourists who do not live near Luton can still join the growing numbers of tourists flying from the increasingly popular airport by using transfer services to catch their flights.
Monarch Airlines has also recently announced that it will make more seats available this summer on flights leaving Luton for popular destinations such as Turkey, Spain, Cyprus and Portugal.
And Wizz Air has revealed that it will start a new route to London-Luton from Skopje in FYR Macedonia, starting on June 20. These flights will be operated three times a week at first.
József Váradi, chief executive officer of Wizz Air, said: “As the first low cost carrier in the country, Wizz Air is delighted to offer its services to the FYR Macedonian passengers, who can now enjoy our truly affordable fares coupled with great travel experience all along their journey.
“Our market entry will boost the passenger traffic and will have an accelerator effect on the local businesses and employment as well. ”
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