Luton Airport has revealed their new and revised master plan for growth up to 18 million passengers by 2025...
This is a revised plan, after the airport operator LLAOL and Abertis had differing views to how the airport should grow to what the airports owners Luton Borough Council had... Now all parties have agreed to these new plans, making them more affordable and realistic for the operators who have a contract to run the airport until around 2030.
On the surface the plans look quite limited, but the airport is remaining realistic to what markets it can attract and focusing on the Low Cost Carriers which are the airports "bread and butter" and need to offer this sector value for money... Looking to maximise use out of the current facilities while improving the customer experience at the same time.
Main Aspects of the Plans
- The passenger drop off zone is going to get a major overhaul to increase throughput into the Central Terminal Area (CTA
- New multi storey Car Park for Short Stay Parking in the CTA
- Dual carriage the road from the Holiday Inn Express, under the taxiway into the CTA
- Full parallel taxiway to maximise runway usage.
- New southern pier, to provide additional gates.
- Bringing back into use areas of the old adjacent terminal (previously occupied by SilverJet).
- Extending the front of the terminal building to create a new entrance foyer with more passenger seating and retail areas on the upper level.
- Reorganising the internal layout of the terminal building to create a more logical route through the building from check in, through security to passenger waiting lounges and then to the aircraft boarding gates. This will also apply to arriving passengers who will have an easier route from their aircraft through to immigration control, baggage reclaim and then out of the terminal building.
- 15 additional aircraft stands - through some reorganisation and the creation of some new areas of hardstanding.
The airport boasts in their documentation, they have the smallest land footprint of any UK Airport per million passengers and do not have any intention to acquire new land or extend the 7000ft runway. In many respects the airport has very little choice in this matter, they are located on the edge of Luton with residential and industrial buildings to the north, the airport is located on top of a hill and to the west hill drops off very steeply as can be seen at the end of runway 26 and to the south and east it borders Hertfordshire who are vehemently against any expansion of the airport.
In the airports own footprint they are also limited to where they can build, as around the old western apron the airport is bordered by hangars for easyJet, Monarch, Thomson, Flightline, Harrods and Signature.
Website - http://www.london-luton.co.uk/en/con...ent/8/1171/revised-masterplan.html
PDF Download - http://www.london-luton.co.uk/en/con...ised-full-masterplan-document.html