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21 January 2016, 17:51 | Updated: 21 January 2016, 18:05
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has visited Luton Airport today - and praised it's £110m redevelopment.
He described the project as "world class"' as he officially broke ground on the transformation of the passenger terminal.
The expansion will increase annual capacity at the airport from 12 million to 18 million by 2020.
A recent report by financial consultancy Oxford Economics found the investment could generate #1 billion for the economy and support 10,500 new jobs.
Mr McLoughlin said:
"The transformation of London Luton Airport is adding to the UK's reputation for world-class aviation infrastructure. Not only will its development help to meet demand for aviation but it will also create thousands of jobs.''
The project will include the complete redesign of the terminal to make it more efficient for passengers, doubling the size of security and baggage reclaim areas and introducing all-night trains from London St Pancras.
Airport chief executive Nick Barton said: "Expansion at LLA is strategically vital to ensure that we can meet rapidly rising demand for air travel in the South East over the next 15 to 20 years.
Our £110m transformation is also set to give a huge boost to the local economy and will create thousands of new jobs for local people."