Airport passenger numbers nosedive with further falls predicted

The number of passengers using Luton Airport fell 82 percent last month, with a further decline forecast.

Visitor numbers fell to 297,000 in October and are expected to drop 95 percent year over year in November due to the ban on international and domestic travel.

The airport continues to operate for important travel. The bosses join the aviation industry’s calls for government financial support after being “deeply affected” by the pandemic.

She also called on the government to put in place a Covid testing system by December 2, which coincides with the end of the current embargo.

A statement from the airport said: “This will help get people moving again by minimizing the need for quarantine for those arriving in the UK and by having an agreed international framework to ensure the necessary coherence for those.” leaving the UK. “

Chief Executive Alberto Martin added: “The airport remains ready to do its part to protect public health while keeping the lifelines moving during this second lockdown, as we did for the first.

“The ban on all but essential international travel will have profound effects on the already ailing aviation industry.

“Together with the Airport Operators’ Association, we are calling for further support for the sector and for the thousands of people who depend on it for a living.”

Luton Airport carried 17.99 million passengers in 2019, an 8.6 percent increase over the previous year. The airport indirectly employs over 9,400 people and is an important economic engine for the region.

easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Tui, EL AL, Blue Air, SunExpress and Vueling usually fly from the airport. The airport’s route network serves 150 destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia.


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