Officials from London’s Luton airport have announced an effort to double the facility’s annual number of passengers.

Airport news for Luton,Flights on 16/02/2012.

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The announcement came via the facility’s operating firm, the London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL), which is comprised of Spanish companies Abertis Infraestructuras and AENA Internacional, at 90 per cent and 10 per cent ownership, respectively.

The ambitious scheme, in which the airport looks to expand from its current 9.5 million passengers per year to 18 million, includes the addition of new boarding piers, a fresh apron for aircraft parking, a multi-level car park (replacing the current short term facility), new taxiways for aircraft and increased road access to the terminal building.

Meanwhile, a recent report by the Daily Telegraph has said that Luton Borough Council hopes that the facility, which is currently the fifth busiest airport in the United Kingdom, will eventually host some 30 million passengers annually. However, reports have said that sources close to Abertis said the figure was “totally unrealistic”.

However, Steve Heappey, the director of Luton Borough Council, has said that his organisation would consider breaking contract with Abertis should the firm be unwilling to back the ambitious effort, according to the Telegraph report.

Meanwhile, the Department for Transport has estimated that Luton will grow to just 17 million passengers per year by 2050.

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