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Plans have been formed to expand passenger numbers at Luton Airport so that millions more travellers will be able to use the hub by 2022.

The operators of the Bedfordshire airport, London Luton Airport Operations Ltd (LLAOL), said it hopes to increase users by up to 15 and 16 million passengers a year as part of their 10-year strategy.

LLAOL said it wants to make Luton "London's local airport" by developing better transport links to the city. It also promised to "avoid overbuilding capacity, and passing on unnecessary costs to airlines and passengers."

The new blueprints by Spanish-owned LLAOL include building a new terminal, a larger taxiway, fresh aircraft stands and improving current ones.

These plans rival those put forward by airport-owners Luton Borough Council last month, who wanted to expand the airport from handling 10 million passengers a year to 18 million.

The council said to go ahead with their plans they would have to end LLAOL's contract before its expiry in 2028.

Current airline operators that fly daily from Luton include Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch and Thomson