Luton Airport has announced that it is Britain’s number one airport for passenger growth for the period between January and September 2008.
It handled the largest increase in passenger turnover for the period, with 487,311 fliers passing through its doors – an increase of 6.5 percent from the same period in 2007.
A number of new flights to Cyprus, Italy, Poland and Jersey have helped stimulate the growth, as has the decision of other airlines to increase their flight frequency on certain routes.
Commenting on the figure, Glyn Jones, the airport’s managing director, said: "We have achieved this position due to our excellent transport links to London, the south-east and the Midlands as well as having one of the best airport catchment areas in the UK.
"This has been an encouraging year for us and shows just how attractive London Luton Airport now is to airlines and travellers alike."
The airport announced on Christmas Eve that it had launched its revised Airport Surface Access Strategy, which the public has been invited to comment on.