London Luton Airport (LTN/EGGW) has returned its summer figures which show passenger numbers were down 66% compared to pre-pandemic levels.
July and August saw just 1.2m passengers pass through the terminals at London Luton compared to 3.6m in the same period of 2019.
The airport says that despite the success of the coronavirus vaccination programme, uncertainty surrounding the government’s traffic light travel system has led to a lack of confidence in holidaymakers.
London Luton Airport CEO Alberto Martin said: “We recognise the effort Government is making to try to help the sector navigate this difficult period, but these figures make clear the need to urgently overhaul the current travel system in order to restore passenger confidence and enable the sector to trade its way through the winter season and out of the crisis. Further specific financial support is also needed while the outlook remains so uncertain.“
The most popular destinations this summer from London Luton were Palma de Mallorca, Bucharest and Belfast, which refelcts the Government’s traffic light system.