Businesses lobby group the Bedfordshire Chamber has urged its member firms to support development plans to increase the capacity of the airport to 18 million passengers per year.
London Luton Airport Operations Limited has invited chamber members to fill in a survey before its own consultation on its vision for the future of the airport ends on Friday (October 12).
The Chamber, based in Kimpton Road, Luton, just a stone’s throw from the airport, believes the transport hub is ‘one of the region’s most important assets’. It is, the chamber says on its LinkedIn page, a ‘key economic growth driver for Bedfordshire and, indeed, the sub-region’.
Through approximately £100 million of proposed new investment, the operator intends to increase the capacity of the airport to 18 million passengers per year, which it believes will generate approximately £218 million in added annual value to the local economy, as well as create 4,500 additional jobs.
The airport intends to submit a planning application later in the year, and the chamber is strongly urge its members to take part in an online survey, which asks people who take part three questions.