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Luton Airport is anticipating a 17.5% increase in passengers on last Easter.

A total of 161,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport between Good Friday and Easter Monday. The airport said the increase is in part down to the introduction of new routes.

This month will see the launch of six new routes from the airport, including new Vueling services to Amsterdam and Barcelona and Wizz Air routes to Kaunas and Palanga in Lithuania.

To meet demand, Luton Airport is undergoing a £110 million development project to increase annual capacity by 50% from 12 to 18 million passengers by 2020.

Head of business development at Luton Airport, Simon Harley, said: “Easter is always a popular time of year for people to travel to visit friends and family or explore new places.

“The increased number of routes we are able to offer to passengers gives them more choice than ever before, whether they are looking for a convenient city break or a relaxing beach holiday.

“LLA’s continued popularity with travellers is just one of the reasons we are investing £110 million to improve the passenger experience and expand our capacity.”