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Airport News

4th August 2017

Gatwick takes investment to £2.7 billion with new five-year plan

Gatwick Airport has today announced it will invest £1.15 billion over the next five years – with £240 million planned for 2017/18 alone – as it plans for more growth and improved efficiency, while also maintaining its record levels of passenger satisfaction. This 2017 Capital Investment Programme (CIP) sets out Gatwick’s investment strategy which continues to improve facilities and transform service. Since the airport changed ownership in December 2009 Gatwick has invested £1.5 billion. Projects include: reconfiguring stands to facilitate a changing aircraft mix, building a new hangar in partnership with Boeing, extending Pier 6 to increase pier service levels well beyond its 95% target, adding a new domestic arrivals facility in South Terminal and continuing […]
31st July 2017

Luton Airport sees passenger numbers soar 6.2%

HIGH FLYING More than 1.5m passengers passed through London Luton Airport last month, up 6.2 per cent from the year before. The airport also said it has been granted planning permission for a fully automated £200million 24-hour, 1.4-mile passenger transit line linking the airport terminal with Luton Airport Parkway station. SCREEN SALE British cinema chain Vue is talking to global rivals about the possibility of putting itself up for sale, its chief executive Tim Richards has revealed. CASE CLOSED A High Court judge has finished hearing evidence in a dispute between Newcastle United owner and Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley and finance expert, Jeffrey Blue. Blue claims Ashley promised to pay him £15million if he used […]
31st July 2017

£200 million light rail link gets the go-ahead as LLA passenger numbers increase again

Over 1.5 million passengers chose to travel through London Luton Airport (LLA) last month. The latest figures represent a 6.2% increase compared to June 2016 and LLA has now recorded 39 consecutive months of passenger growth. To meet rapidly rising demand, the airport is delivering the biggest investment programme in its history and increasing capacity by 50%. The transformation of LLA passed its latest major milestone in June as planning permission was granted for a new fully automated £200 million mass passenger transit (MPT) linking the airport terminal with Luton Airport Parkway (LAP) station. The 24-hour, 1.4-mile line will replace the existing shuttle bus service and is expected to enter operation in 2021. To make the […]
20th July 2017

Online investigation finds parking at Luton Airport is the most expensive

Luton Airport has the most expensive parking according to an investigation by Admiral Insurance. Parking at the Bedfordshire airport was three times more expensive than the cheapest. A two week stay in Luton’s standard on-site car park came in at £191 according to Admiral. Exeter was the cheapest, where an equivalent space cost just £65 for the same amount of time. Meanwhile, the study found Stansted charges the highest drop-off rate at £8.50 for 15 minutes, followed by Luton at £8. Source:
13th July 2017

Glasgow Airport passes one million passengers in month

It is the first time the airport has broken through the barrier in its 51-year history. More than one million passengers used Glasgow Airport in June for the first time in its 51-year history, according to new figures. The total of 1,000,022 terminal passengers represented a 5.7% increase on the same period in 2016, airport chiefs said. Officials at Edinburgh Airport were also celebrating after it recorded its second-busiest month in June. The 1,304,000 people who used the airport is up 11% on the same month last year and has only been exceeded by July 2016 in terms of overall numbers. Glasgow Airport said demand for EU-scheduled services rose by 16.1% on city-break destinations such as […]
4th July 2017

NATS controllers expect to handle record flight movements this summer

UK-based NATS has reported that air traffic controllers at its Prestwick Centre expect to handle approximately 267,000 flight movements during July and August, which would be 15,000 more than last year’s figures. The air navigation service provider (ANSP) also claimed that significant growth is expected across Scotland’s major airports. Glasgow Airport has reported a 10% growth in passenger traffic in May 2017 compared to the same month last year. Separately, Edinburgh Airport has registered a year-on-year increase of approximately 11%. NATS Prestwick director Alastair Muir said: “A huge amount of preparation goes into being ready for the summer with NATS working with the airports and airlines. “It’s our busiest time of year and we’re looking forward […]

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