London Luton unveils plans to improve access ahead of 2012 GamesOct 31, 2011
The airport is expecting thousands of visitors to fly into London Luton on their way to the Games. It has submitted plans to construct two new traffic lanes to the south of Airport Way, through the existing underpass, leading directly into a new set-down system in the Central Terminal Area.
Airport managing director Glyn Jones said the scheme would help passengers, local business and residents and would ease traffic congestion en route to the airport along the East Luton corridor via the A1081.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has included London Luton Airport in the 35 locations to host Olympic London Ambassadors. The airport’s close proximity to London makes it one of the fastest and most convenient gateways to the Games and the proposal is an important part of preparing the airport’s infrastructure for the Olympics.
Mr Jones (pictured) said: “The plans we have put forward to improve the airport’s road infrastructure will help manage the growth we have generated in recent years at one of the regional economy’s most important assets.
"This is an important part of improving the travel experience of all our passengers, including the many visitors to the Olympic Games.”
London Luton already welcomes almost ten million passengers a year.
Attila Dankovics, head of marketing, sales and communications at Wizz Air which flies from London Luton to central and eastern Europe, said: “We expect air travel to increase during the Games, so we welcome the plans to improve access for our passengers.”
The airport is also preparing for the arrival of VIPs, dignitaries, and many of the Games’ sponsors via its private jet operators. Signature Flight Support, Harrods Aviation and Ocean Sky expect to handle many more flights.
Signature Flight Support managing director Joe Gibney said: “As the busiest business aviation airport in the UK, we expect many of our global customers to take advantage of London Luton Airport’s great services and convenient access to London. Our plans are well under way to accommodate the influx of visiting dignitaries, business leaders and sports enthusiasts.”