London Luton Airport welcomed 4.3 million passengers this summer as its post-pandemic recovery continues.

This compares to just two million during the same period between June 1 and August 31 last year.

The airport says that despite the sudden return in demand following the removal of travel restrictions, it managed to keep average security wait times below nine minutes.

A total of 142 destinations across Europe and North Africa were served with Amsterdam, Budapest, Dublin, Lisbon, Palma (Majorca) and Tel Aviv being among the gateway’s most popular destinations.

Alberto Martin, chief executive of LLA, said: “For many passengers, this will have been their first summer trip since before the pandemic began and our aim throughout has been to maintain a high level of operational and customer service excellence and to deliver a consistently smooth and friendly travel experience.

“Our recruitment drive for frontline staff began in autumn 2021 and this early planning, together with our continued collaboration with Luton Rising, has been instrumental in ensuring we’ve been able to deliver on those aims for our customers.”

The site is operated by a consortium of which the majority shareholder is AENA, the world’s largest airport operator, and AMP Capital, a specialist global investment manager.

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