London Luton airport has officially opened its upgraded terminal building, the final part of a three-year, £160 million transformation project.

The redeveloped terminal was opened by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP, who commented:

“Luton’s investment firmly puts passengers at the heart of development and will improve the experience of those using the airport for business or holidays.

“Supporting thriving airports like Luton will form a part of the Government’s Aviation 2050 consultation, ensuring the benefits of transformation are felt across the local area.”

The works on the terminal have added 30 new high street and luxury stores, over 1,000 new seats, free wifi, an expanded security search area, and a new boarding pier with eight additional gates.

The airport has also invested in a new dual carriageway, bus interchange and multi-storey car park to improve travel to and from the terminal.

The transformation programme will increase the airport’s capacity by 50 per cent to 18 million passengers by 2020.

But travellers will have to wait until at least 2021 for a new £200 million rail line linking Luton Airport Parkway station with the terminal building to open, replacing the current, much-maligned bus shuttle service.