Luton Airport passenger numbers fall by 90% in November

Passenger numbers at Luton Airport fell by 90% in November compared to the same time last year, figures reveal.

Monday, 7th December 2020, 10:17 am
Updated Monday, 7th December 2020, 10:18 am

Just 105,000 passengers travelled through London Luton Airport (LLA) this November.

The numbers come as the country emerges from the second lockdown, which saw all but essential international travel banned.

Passenger numbers are expected to increase in December, although they remain at an historic low, after the government announced the introduction of its 'test to release' scheme for aviation.

Luton Airport
Luton Airport

From December 15, following a private coronavirus test, travellers will be able to end self-isolation after five days rather than the 14 currently required.

Alberto Martin, CEO of LLA, said: “We welcome the introduction of the new test to release scheme for aviation. It is a vital first step in restoring confidence in air travel and supporting the airport’s gradual recovery.

"We hope to welcome more passengers back to the airport in December, particularly as people look to reunite with loved ones over the Christmas break.

"We also continue to press government to work with the aviation industry to find ways to eliminate the need to quarantine altogether, through faster, better and cheaper testing methods.

"This will be essential for protecting as many jobs as possible and supporting the UK’s economic recovery after the devastating effects of the coronavirus.”

Throughout the pandemic, LLA has implemented safety measures to keep passengers safe, including enhanced cleaning, installation of hand sanitiser units and use of protective screens throughout the terminal.

Further information can be found on LLA’s website: https://www.london-luton.co.uk/safer-travel.