Airports Commission report backs expansion plans, say London Luton chiefsDec 18, 2013
The report says the UK faces a huge challenge until new airport capacity is delivered and that a number of short and medium term recommendations laid out in the report be implemented as quickly as possible.
In its assessment of the short and medium term options, the Davies Commission headed by former CBI director general Sir Howard Davies backs a range of road and rail improvements to improve access at London Luton, including the already approved enhancements to Junction 10A of the M1 and the improved Thameslink rail franchise, due to begin in September 2014.
A statement from London Luton said: “We are therefore hugely encouraged that our own plans to unlock additional capacity and grow the airport to 18 million passengers per annum are in line with the Commission’s thinking and welcome its findings.”
Airport executives have also welcomed the creation of an Independent Aviation Noise Authority.
They have included a package of mitigation measures as part of plans due to be considered by Luton Borough Council’s planning committee on Friday to improve the airport and say they are “well placed” to achieve the report’s recommendations of delivering a balance between aviation growth and noise control.
London Luton Airport managing director Glyn Jones said: “We welcome Sir Howard’s recommendations for immediate action which are in line with the thinking from our own planning application to unlock existing capacity at London Luton.
“Along with the work we are already doing to improve surface access and mitigate noise, we view the Commission’s report as a green light for London Luton to press ahead with our development plans.”