Luton airport is gearing up for its busiest ever Christmas period with most departures expected on December 28.

The most popular destinations are likely to be Amsterdam, Budapest and Bucharest, in addition to the Canary Islands.

Passengers travelling from this month will experience an upgraded terminal.

The revamped building includes an expanded security search area and more than 30 shops.

Passengers travelling by rail will be able to use Oyster and contactless cards on train services between London and the airport terminal from the new year.

The expected festive season growth follows an 11.5% increase in passenger numbers in November to more than 1.1 million compared to the same month last year.

CEO Nick Barton said: “We have worked hard to ensure that our passengers’ journeys can be as efficient and comfortable as possible throughout our redevelopment, which we will complete this month.”