London Luton airport has passed 14 million annual passengers for the first time, as it continues with redevelopment projects to increase capacity to 18 million by 2020.

The airport recorded its 30th consecutive year of passenger growth in September, with traffic for the month up 15.6 per cent on the previous year.

The September figures of 1.4 million passengers helped to push the airport rolling annual total above 14 million for the first time.

Luton is currently undertaking a £110 redevelopment project to increase capacity, with construction underway for a new security search area and executive lounge.

Transport links are also being upgraded with a new dual carriageway to the terminal due to open this winter, and a light rail link between Luton Airport Parkway and the terminal scheduled to be in operation by 2020.

Recent route additions from the airport include Wizzair flights to Olsztyn-Mazury airport in northern Poland and Suceava in northern Romania, as well as upcoming services to Clermont-Ferrand, Brest and Starsbourg with start-up carrier Fly Kiss from this November.