Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP has praised the £110million transformation of London Luton Airport and the role it will play in meeting the demand for air travel in London, the South East and South Midlands.

McLoughlin’s comments came yesterday, as he officially broke ground on the redevelopment of the passenger terminal at the airport, saying: “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.”

The transformation will increase annual capacity at the airport by 50% from 12 million to 18 million passengers per year by 2020 with a recent report by Oxford Economics showing that it will add £1billion to the UK economy and create an extra 10,000 jobs by 2030.

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