8 Septembre 2005 , Barcelona/London
abertis airports and AENA expand the facilities at London Luton airport, with an investment of more than 50 million euros
Alistair Darling, Britain’s Secretary of State for Transport, opened today the new facilities of London Luton Airport, the main airport asset managed by TBI, the company acquired in January 2005 by ACDL (90% abertis and 10% Aena Internacional). With this expansion, London Luton improves its customer services and provides the airport with the facilities required to absorb forecast medium-term passenger growth.
The airport’s expansion plan –which has involved investment of 50.4 million euros– is based on the creation of a new shopping and restaurant area of 7,400 square metres, located on the first floor of the airport’s main terminal. A new 200m-long boarding area has also been built, with six new boarding gates, as have new security and immigration control rooms.
The improvements to Luton Airport also include the building of a new area in the arrivals terminal to provide passengers with shopping, information services and flight reservation facilities. A final phase for the project is also contemplated, to be completed by November 2005 and to involve significant improvements to the arrivals terminal, with particular attention being paid to the baggage reclaim area.
London Luton Airport has seen a five-fold increase in passenger traffic over the course of the last decade. It has been one of Britain’s fastest-growing airports of recent years and currently services 9 million passengers per annum.
Luton’s growth is based upon the significant growth and development seen in recent years of low-cost flights and carriers. The main airlines operating out of the airport include easyJet, Ryanair, Wizz Air and Airways. London Luton –which also operates charter and scheduled flights– is also Britain’s leading manager of private flights, with 60% of the market share in the London Area.
In 1998, TBI was awarded the management of London Luton Airport, property of Luton Borough Council, for a period of 30 years. The airport is one of the region’s leading provider of jobs, with 8,000 workers, 460 of them direct employees.
London Luton is located in one of the world’s most important markets in terms of annual air traffic. Indeed, the airport will witness still further growth in passenger figures, according to the White Paper The Future of Air Transport prepared by the UK government, which foresees congestion in coming years at the airports in southeast England.
TBI, the main asset of abertis airports
TBI is one of the UK’s leading airport operators, owning London Luton, Belfast International and Cardiff International Airports. TBI is also owner of Stockholm Skavsta (Sweden), Orlando Sanford (US) and Bolivia’s three largest airports. Furthermore, it manages, in whole or in part, airports in Atlanta, Burbank and Miami in the USA, Toronto in Canada and San José in Costa Rica.
TBI possesses a diversified portfolio of airports, with an approximate figure of 18 million passengers. Of this figure, 72% relates to the United Kingdom.
The British company forms part of abertis airports, incorporated in 2005 to bring together the abertis shareholdings in the airport sector.
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