EasyJet unveils Luton improvement proposal
Low-cost carrier EasyJet has released its own proposal for Luton airport’s future.
Airport news for Luton,Travel on 03/05/2012.
The airline said this week that plans previously released by the owner and operator of the airport had “big things missing” and that major infrastructure work was needed in order to meet ambitious targets for boosting passenger numbers.
Paul Simmons, director of EasyJet, said in a statement that ‘user-friendliness’ was the most important ingredient for achieving the airport’s goals and that passenger experience must be improved.
Specific inclusions in the report said that transport to the facility to and from London needs substantial improvement; EasyJet said this could be achieved by dropping the charge for passengers using the shuttle bus whilst also increasing the number of fast trains linking the airport to the capital. Moreover, carrier officials said that queues for immigration and security must be shortened.
The proposal from the airport’s biggest customer comes after the January release of a future vision for the facility by its owners, London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL), which is overseen by Luton Borough Council. The plans aim to increase passenger numbers to 18 million per year from the current 7 million per year via using the existing runway and airport property boundaries.