Airport chiefs welcome government decision to give expansion plans the green light

May 07, 2014

London Luton Airport Operations Ltd and owners Ardian and Aena have been waiting for 12 months as the plans were reviewed by neighbouring councils, independent experts and Luton Ciouncil as the local planning authority.

Two public consultations resulted in 65 per cent of respondent supporting proposals to develop the airport, citing the economic benefits to Luton and the wider region, and the need to generate 5,100 new jobs, including a contribution to a reduction in youth unemployment.

The plans intend to increase ethe airport’s capacity by six million passengers a year and to expand, modernize and remodel the terminal building to house more security lanes, baggae reclaim belts and more retail and catering facilities.

The project wil also see dual carriageway between the Holiday Inn Express hotel and the terminal and a new multi-storey car park.

Airport managing director Glyn Jones said: “We see this as a real vote of confidence in the Airport and its future, underlining the determination of our new owners  to develop and radically improve London Luton and deliver a better airport experience for our passengers in the years to come.

“The opportunities it brings for the local economy in terms of jobs and investment are significant, and Luton can now press ahead with making its local airport bigger and better, while remaining a good neighbour.”

Campaigners against the airport expansion plans have vowed to continue their protests. Andrew Lambourne, of the Hertfordshire Against Luton Expansion group, said: “The government is hell bent on expanding airport capacity in the South East, come what may.

“The airport’s announcement mentions everything except the key local issues: the effect of an extra nine million passengers per year on the already crowded transport infrastructure, and the effect of noise from 60pc more flights.

"The throwaway comment at the end about being a good neighbour is meaningless unless the airport takes seriously the concerns about noise and puts in place measures to make a difference. That means a Noise Action Plan which has some real bite.”  

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