Wizz Air has reached the milestone of carrying 65 million passengers from London Luton airport, where it is now the largest carrier with 12 aircraft parked.

This landmark passenger count comes as Wizz Air enjoys a bumper summer season. The airline carried 5.3 million passengers in June, compared to 4 million the previous year, marking a 23 per cent increase.

Zsuzsa Trubek, corporate communications manager at Wizz Air UK, said: “It’s a big day for Wizz Air as we celebrate 65 million passengers at London Luton Airport. What we can offer travellers is an exciting mix of popular destinations, as well as off-the-beaten-track locations to explore.

“The UK is an important market for us, and London remains a key focus for investment. We would like to thank the team at London Luton Airport for their partnership over the past 19 years and look forward to what the future holds.”

The low-cost-carrier, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, has a long history with the airport having operated its first flight operated from Katowice in Poland to Luton in May 2004.

Today Wizz Air operates around 100 flights per day to 58 routes, with the most popular destinations including Bucharest, Budapest, Warsaw and Tirana, and it is one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines.

Last month, the airline announced that London Luton Airport would becoming an all-A321neo base by 2025.

Jonathan Rayner, chief commercial officer at London Luton Airport, said: “The success of Wizz Air at London Luton Airport is testament to our strong partnership. Since that first flight in 2004, both Wizz and LLA have made huge advances, achieving impressive growth in both passenger numbers and the choice of destinations.”

The carrier has also announced it will launch a new route from London Luton to Giza in Cairo starting on 30 October.

The three-times-weekly service will depart Luton on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to Sphinx International airport (SPX).

The schedule sees flights departing Luton on Mondays at 1310, arriving in Egypt at 2025. Return services will depart Cairo at 2140, arriving in Luton at 0110 the next day. On Wednesday and Friday, flights will leave Luton at 1355, arriving in Egypt at 2110, with the return service departing at 2155 and touching down in Luton at 0125 the following morning.

Flights are now bookable on the airline’s website and mobile app.