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Old February 22nd, 2019, 08:01 PM   #81
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Council reveals new terminal plan for Luton airport

Luton Council’s airport company London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) has today published its preferred option for the growth of the UK’s fifth largest and fastest growing major airport.

Using the existing runway, LLAL is targeting expansion of the airport to 32 million passengers per annum (mppa) from its current cap of 18 mppa. The preferred option would involve construction of a new second terminal to the north of the runway. To compensate for the partial use of Wigmore Valley Park, new parkland and open space would be provided over a larger area to the east of the existing park.



The company has also published technical reports which outline the feedback received during the first period of consultation last summer, and how its expert advisors have continued to assess the options for development in the light of comments made.

The proposals are of a scale that require an application to the government for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to authorise the expansion.

Over the coming months LLAL will work up the preferred option into proposals that will form the basis of statutory consultation on the proposed DCO application. Consultation is planned to take place in the autumn, and will include key strategies to minimise and mitigate impacts on the environment.

It is expected that the DCO application will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in mid-2020. The final decision will rest with the Secretary of State of Transport.

Cllr Andy Malcolm, chair of LLAL, said: “We are excited to be able to present our preferred option which responds to our first public consultation and outlines how we can move towards making the best use of our existing single runway in line with government policy, deliver maximum benefit to the local, regional and national economy, and actively manage environmental impacts.

“In our Vision for Sustainable Growth 2020-50, published in December 2017, we outlined that the maximum capacity of the runway could be up to 36-38 mppa. How this might be best achieved was the focus of the consultation we carried out during 2018. It remains our assessment and aspiration that the airport can deliver these volumes in the longer term.

“However, in our judgment, at this stage our preferred option for growth to 32 mppa best reflects our determination to get the balance absolutely right between the economic benefits and environmental impacts associated with airport expansion. It is also consistent with feedback people have provided about impacts, such as on road use and green belt land.”

Feedback showed support for LLAL’s strategy to make the best use of its existing single runway, and for its emerging preferred option for two terminals north of the runway. The most common issues raised included noise, flight paths, air quality and how people will get to and from the airport.

Cllr Malcolm said: “We know that our airport will be operating close to the current planning limit in 2019, and that the Department for Transport has identified a shortfall of circa 60 million aviation passenger journeys by 2050 across the UK. We have a unique opportunity as the owner of London Luton Airport to support growth of the local, sub-regional and national economies, and the council’s transformation of our town.

“Our preferred option safeguards as much land as possible within Wigmore Valley Park, and provides a new footprint for the parkland and open space which is 10 per cent bigger than the existing and positioned further away from the runway than it is at the moment. We will also deliver significant improvements to facilities in the retained part of the park. We have also worked to constrain the extent of development required in the green belt.”

London Luton Airport is expected to handle 17.7 million passengers in 2019 and at its current rate of growth is projected to reach its current maximum permitted capacity of 18 mppa by 2020.

In 2017 the airport generated £1.3bn benefit to the national economy, including £895m within Luton, and supported nearly 10,000 direct and 20,000 indirect jobs within the three counties of Beds, Bucks and Herts.

Cllr Malcolm added: “The airport is a key driver for the success of the whole region, generating more than £2,300 in economic benefit every minute, and we are committed to ensuring that everyone can share the benefits.

“At the same time that we present more detailed proposals in the autumn, we will also outline how we propose to develop further the support we provide for communities in areas impacted by airport operations.

“There is now a lot more work for us to do make sure our proposals are the very best they can be, and to mitigate and minimise the full range of environmental impacts that respondents to the consultation have helped us to identify.

“We are committed to continuing the conversation with all our nearby residents, businesses and other stakeholders, and look forward to consulting with you again in the autumn.”
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Old February 28th, 2019, 04:48 PM   #82
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County council responds to Luton Airport expansion report

Sustainable Transport links to Luton Airport expansion is key challenge from Hertfordshire County Council

Derrick Ashley, Cabinet Member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy at Hertfordshire County Council said: “Like many others who responded to London Luton Airport Limited’s informal consultation last year, we continue to have serious concerns about the impact of aircraft noise on nearby towns and villages. We’re also concerned about how an extra 14 million passengers a year will actually get to the airport without this causing serious problems on Hertfordshire’s roads. With up to 100,000 new homes expected to be built in Hertfordshire over the next 15 years we’re already expecting a 20% increase in traffic on our roads if we don’t take action. We need to make sure that the airport has proper sustainable transport plans that encourage people travelling to and from the airport to use more sustainable options, such as bus and rail. We also need to see robust proposals to deal with potential impacts on the road network.

“In recognition of these potential impacts, we’re pleased that Luton Airport have scaled back their expansion plans and are now planning for 32 million passengers a year. But this is still a very significant increase which, if it goes ahead, could potentially have big implications for Hertfordshire.

“The county council, together with other impacted local authorities, will continue to work with the airport to ensure that the evidence underpinning any future planning application is robust and will be responding to the formal consultation on the proposal that is scheduled for autumn this year. We welcome the potential economic benefits that would come with the growth of London Luton Airport, but we need to make sure that these are shared across the region while at the same time protecting our communities and safeguarding our transport infrastructure from any adverse impacts.”
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Busiest February ever for London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport (LTN/EGGW) has just recorded its busiest February on record with 1.2m passengers passing through its terminal, a 13.1% rise over the previous February.

Luton Airport is not home to Easyjet (U2/EZY) and TUI Airways UK (BY/TOM) it is also a major base for Ryanair (FR/RYR) and Wizz Air (W6/WZZ).

The busiest routes for the airport were Amsterdam, Geneva and Bucharest with a healthy mix of business and leisure passengers.

Alberto Martin, CEO of LLA, said: “The diversity in destinations that we offer is just one reason why more passengers are choosing to travel from LLA, both for business and leisure. Since the opening of our newly upgraded terminal, our passengers have been able to experience a more comfortable journey thanks to the addition of new shops and restaurants, more seats, and new boarding gates.”

London Luton Airport is now the fifth busiest airport in the UK partly thanks to its location, just 22 minutes by train from Central London.

The airport terminal has recently undergone a major upgrade include 48 new restaurants and shops.
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Old March 15th, 2019, 08:32 PM   #84
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Luton Airport ranked one of top 50 best in world



An online travel agency has rated Luton Airport as one of the 50 best airports in the world.

eDreams, an online travel agency, compiled around 80,000 reviews from its customers in 2018, with Luton Airport coming in 43rd place.

The agency rated its customers’ feedback on the variety and quality of waiting areas, airport services, shopping areas and restaurants.

Singapore Changi Airport was crowned the winner, while Brisbane Airport, Australia, came second and Zurich Airport, Switzerland, came third.

The UK also had Heathrow Airport land in seventh place, which Robert McNamara, Head of UK at eDreams ODIGEO, described as “fantastic”.

The other top ten spots were: 4th, Franz Josef Strauss (Munich, Germany), 5th, Istanbul Airport (Turkey), 6th Arlanda (Stockholm, Sweden), 7th, Heathrow (London, England), 8th Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok, Thailand), 9 Fuhlsbuttel (Hamburg, Germany), 10th Ben-Gurion International (Israel).
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Old March 15th, 2019, 09:47 PM   #85
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London Luton Airport welcomes arrival of new NEO aircraft



London Luton Airport (LLA) has welcomed Wizz Air’s first new generation Airbus A321neo aircraft, which has a reduced noise footprint of almost 50%.

This new generation aircraft is equipped with the latest technology which in turn will deliver significant environmental benefits, including reduced emissions, lower fuel burn, and less noise than previous generation aircraft.

The new aircraft is the first of 256 A321neo and A320neo’s Wizz Air will take delivery of over the next seven years, as the airline looks to become one of the greenest in the industry.

Wizz is the second airline at LLA to adopt the NEO. easyJet took delivery of its first in June 2017 and now has 25 in its fleet, with over a hundred more on order.

James Dontas, Flight Operations Managerat London Luton Airport, said: “It is great news for our local communities that our two biggest airlines are now taking delivery of these quieter aircraft. We continue to work with all our airlines to encourage and incentivise the use of quieter aircraft. This will make a significant difference, when added to our already stringent noise control measures – the toughest of any major UK airport.”

Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK said: “The arrival of the airline’s brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft to our London Luton base is a major milestone for Wizz Air in the UK, both in terms of our industry-leading growth and our aim to become one of the greenest airlines in the sky. WIZZ is proud to operate one of the youngest fleets in Europe, and this new aircraft decreases our environmental footprint even further.”

The ultra-efficient A321neo touched down from Budapest this afternoon and received the traditional aviation ‘water arch salute' welcome for maiden aircraft.

The NEO will now regularly operate between the two airports, Wizz Air’s busiest route.
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Harpenden campaigners accuse councillors of not caring about aircraft noise

A Harpenden campaign group has accused the local Conversatives of ignoring air traffic noise pollution in favour of other concerns.

South Harpenden Conservatives sent out a questionnaire to residents, asking them to select their five greatest local concerns out of a list of 14 which included affordable homes, parking, social service and local businesses.

Members of the group Harpenden Sky were outraged that the effects of noise pollution from Luton Airport on residents was not one of the options on the list.

Spokesman Neil MacArthur said: “Have South Harpenden Conservatives totally lost the plot? Air traffic noise is a recurring and fundamental issue where local council representatives have been significantly lacking in effective opposition, and now a confident Luton Airport has just announced another expansion plan.

“So at this moment of greatest need, South Harpenden Conservatives are backing off.”

According to Harpenden Sky, a previous newsletter from the Conservatives in May 2018 promised they were fighting to change flight paths out of Luton Airport.

Harpenden South councillors Brian Ellis, Teresa Heritage and David Heritage said they do care about airport noise, but the survey was targeting other areas.

A joint statement from the councillors said: “Protecting the residents of Harpenden from the environmental effects resulting from the operation of Luton Airport is business as usual for us.

“The survey we are doing in part of our ward is focused on those services that the three tiers of local government (town, district and county) have direct control over both financially and politically and can therefore look to adapt/improve.

“The issues around aircraft noise and traffic are controlled by Luton borough council and London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL). Local Conservative councillors lobby those bodies all the time and are committed to representing residents’ views.

“It is completely incorrect for HarpendenSky to give the impression that local councillors do not care about this issue.”

The survey includes a box asking about additional local concerns, and so far three out of 70 respondents have mentioned aircraft noise.
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Wizz Air announces Luton-Stavanger route

Low-cost carrier Wizz Air has announced it will launch a direct flight between Luton airport and Stavanger in Norway from September.

The service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. It adds to Wizz Air’s two other Norwegian destinations, including Bergen and Oslo.

Wizz Air now offers five Nordic routes from Luton, including the Norway flights, Turku in Finland and Billund in Denmark.

The airline offers 61 routes from its Luton base and is set to become the largest carrier at the airport by the end of 2019, though it reported a huge 88 per cent slump in profits for the three months to 31 December in 2018.

Owain Jones, MD of Wizz Air’s UK subsidiary, said: “Wizz Air is committed to offering the lowest airfares in the UK market, and I am delighted that customers will now have the opportunity to travel with us to beautiful Stavanger.”
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