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Easyjet unveils alternative Luton Airport plans

An airline has set out its vision for the future of London Luton Airport in Bedfordshire.

EasyJet said there were "big things missing" from plans already put forward by the airport's owner and operator.

The airline's Vision for Luton says infrastructure improvements are needed to accommodate more passengers.

Easyjet's UK director Paul Simmons said the airport needed to be "more user friendly" and consider passenger experience.

The airline suggests removing the charge for the Luton Airport Parkway shuttle bus and improving the frequency of fast trains to and from London.

'Big things missing'

It also calls for reduced waiting times at security and immigration and an increase in the number of stands to remove the need for bussing to planes.

Luton Borough Council owns the airport under the name London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL).

In January, it announced plans to boost passenger numbers from nearly seven to 18 million a year, with the growth being achieved within the airport's existing boundary and using the existing runway.

The Spanish-owned airport operator, London Luton Airport Operations (LLAOL), then launched a rival plan, stating that 15 million passengers was more realistic.

"Although [the two plans] have merit and are broadly positive they have big things missing," said Mr Simmons.

"If you try and put too many passengers through the current infrastructure it's not going to work."

The airline has sent its Vision for Luton to MPs, councillors and community leaders in the hope that its views will be taken on board.

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