London Luton Airport (LLA) has recorded a 13% increase in passenger numbers in November compared to the same period last year. This marks the 32nd consecutive month of passenger growth at the airport.

This month will also see the installation of five new ePassport gates, taking the total number at the airport to 15. The ePassport gates provide European Economic Area (EEA) nationals who are travelling using a biometric passport, the choice of an automated, fast and secure route through the UK border.

The airport will also introduce complimentary plastic bags for passengers carrying hand-luggage liquids through security.

In response to the growing passenger demand the airport is also improving access.

Nick Barton, CEO of the airport, commented: “We’re working hard to transform the airport with our £110million investment programme. Working with Border Force to introduce more automated e-Passport gates is a great indicator of how we’re aiming to make our passengers’ journeys as quick and simple as possible.

“With the redevelopment making rapid progress on-site, we’re also looking to drive improvements in transport links to the airport. Introducing four fast trains per hour through the new East Midlands franchise would benefit passengers, the local community and fare box revenues at no cost to government.”

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