London Luton calls for financial aid

The airport’s passenger numbers fell by 82% in October and are expected to plummet even further this month

London Luton Airport (LLA) is calling for direct financial aid after just 297,000 passengers passed through the airport in October, an 82% decrease from last year.

The effects of the pandemic are set to continue, with passenger numbers in November expected to fall by more than 95%. The ban on international and domestic travel means that the airport will not be able to function at its usual capacity, regardless of being open for essential travel.

Enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures have been put in place for those needing to use the airport. Hand sanitiser stations and protective screens have been implemented for the safety of the passengers and staff.

LLA is asking for financial support to help the aviation industry recover from the effects of the pandemic.

“The ban on all but essential international travel will have a profound impact on the already struggling aviation industry,” said Alberto Martin, CEO of LLA. “Along with the Airport Operators’ Association, we are calling for further support for the sector and for the thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on it.”

The airport is also asking that a testing system is put in place by December 2, coinciding with the current end date of the English lockdown. It is hoped that this new system would allow people to travel again without the need for a quarantine period.

The Luton base was the first UK airport to win the Airport Health Accreditation from the Airport’s Council International (ACI).