London Luton Airport seeks support as passenger number drops

Published on : Monday, September 14, 2020

The London Luton Airport recently reported that passenger numbers at the airport 56% last month as compared to August 2019. It has been reported that a total of 820,000 people travelled through the airport this year compared to 1.7 million during the same month last year.

Although the figures represent an improvement from the month of July but the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation sector continues to be visible. The airport also reported that the total number of passengers was down by 75% compared to last year across the summer season as a whole.

However, the airport is continuing to undertake steps to ensure the safety of travellers and staff members including include the installation of protective screens at customer service points, hand sanitiser stations throughout the airport and an enhanced cleaning and disinfection routine. Alberto Martin, Chief Executive, London Luton, said in a statement that the summer period is the busiest time of year at LLA, and while the airport is pleased to have welcomed more passengers during August, it is still a long way from the normal busy holiday period.

He mentioned that an encouraging rise in seat sales has been noticed in recent months but it is also essential to be realistic about what the future holds. He shared that with the summer drawing to a close, and with the continued quarantine measures, urgent government support for the sector will be vital to ensure that the crisis of the aviation sector does not worsen and the livelihoods of the thousands of people who rely on it are not jeopardised.

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