Local campaign groups oppose Luton Airport expansion…

Local campaign groups oppose Luton Airport expansion plans and flight path changes, due to noise
2020-11-17 12:20:00
Two campaign groups dedicated to reducing noise from Luton Airport have hit out at its latest plans for expansion. LADACAN (Luton And District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise) and STAQS (St Albans Quieter Skies) have rejected the airport’s plans as “both unjustified and unmerited” in a series of responses to the consultation (ends 5th Feb 2021).  LADACAN said: “Airport growth going forward has to be more responsibly managed than in the past. The industry is innately carbon-inefficient at present due to outdated airspace design, which forces planes into holding stacks and causes Luton departures to be held low sometimes for 15-20 miles. This is very wasteful of fuel and causes far more widespread noise than necessary.” They also say the latest aircraft introduced into the Luton fleet, the Airbus A321-neo was meant to be a bit less noisy than the A321, but it is not.  STAQS said claims of a 2dB noise benefit from the A321-neo in the Airport’s noise reduction strategy are ‘wishful thinking’.  “Luton Council needs to send Luton Airport a really clear signal that noise conditions are there for a purpose, which might focus some effort on growth balanced by mitigation, as the government requires.” .Tweet   Anti-noise campaign groups hit out at Luton Airport expansion plans Two campaign groups dedicated to reducing noise from Luton Airport have hit out at its latest plans for expansion. By Stewart Carr  (Luton Today) 16th November 2020 The consultation documents, including maps, are at  https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/london-luton-airport/ad6_luton_arrivals/ The consultation will run from Monday 19th October 2020 – Friday 5th February 2021. The main document is at https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/london-luton-airport/ad6_luton_arrivals/user_uploads/lla-arrivals-consultation-document-screenview-1-3.0.pdf LADACAN (Luton And District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise) and STAQS (St Albans Quieter Skies) have rejected the plans as “both unjustified and unmerited” in a series of responses to the pre-consultation. Andrew Lambourne, spokesman for LADACAN, said: “Airport growth going forward has to be more responsibly managed than in the past. “The industry is innately carbon-inefficient at present due to outdated airspace design, which forces planes into holding stacks and causes Luton departures to be held low sometimes for 15-20 miles. “This is very wasteful of fuel and causes far more widespread noise than necessary. “Equally the latest aircraft introduced into the Luton fleet have proved not to be slightly quieter as expected, and that issue needs to be resolved quickly.” Luton Airport has signalled it may apply for planning permission to alternate four of the planning conditions laid down by Luton Borough Council in 2013. But its expansion plans have repeatedly faced firm opposition from neighbouring Hertfordshire County Council. John Hale, on behalf of STAQS, added: “The Airport has to meet legally agreed noise reduction targets, and should undo

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