Luton Airport consultation about expansion plans, to increase to 32…

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Luton Airport consultation about expansion plans, to increase to 32…

Luton Airport consultation about expansion plans, to increase to 32 million annual passengers
2022-02-09 17:09:00
Luton airport has started another public consultation (ends 4th April) on further expansion plans.  It now wants to increase its annual number of passengers (from 18.2 million in 2019) to 32 million (mppa). The proposals by the airport owner Luton Rising [the new name the company that owns Luton airport has started using] involve expanding the existing terminal, building a 2nd terminal and making “best use” [ie. more use] of the existing runway.  At the start of December 2021, Luton council, which conveniently owns the airport, gave it permission to increase from 18 to 19 mppa. If approved, the Phase 1 would be  expansion of Terminal 1 and associated facilities to increase capacity to approximately 21.5 mppa.  Phase 2 would involve construction of new Terminal 2 and associated facilities to increase airport capacity to 27 mppa.  Then a later further phase would be more expansion of Terminal 2, to increase to 32 mppa. Opponents of the airport’s growth say the latest consultation is “a huge waste of public money”.  The level of aircraft noise in 2019 was severe, and residents are horrified of it becoming even worse – as well as the local congestion etc. It makes no sense to encourage aviation expansion, when the UK must cut its carbon emissions, fast. . Tweet Consultation ends 4th April 2022 Consultation form is at https://magpielanding.traverse.org.uk/surveys/FutureLuToN Views sought on major London Luton Airport expansion 9 FEB, 2022 BY ROB HORGAN (New Civil Engineer) London Luton Airport’s expansion plans have gone out to public consultation, with the airport operator seeking feedback on proposals to increase capacity to 32M passengers per year. Proposals put forward by airport owner Luton Rising [the new name the company that owns Luton airport has started using] involve expanding the existing terminal, building a second terminal and making best use of the existing runway. It comes after the local council signed off on plans to increase passengers from 18M per year to 19M in December. The next stage of expansion would be delivered in two phases. The first phase would see the expansion of Terminal 1 and associated facilities to increase capacity to approximately 21.5M passengers per annum. Phase two, meanwhile, would involve construction of new Terminal 2 and associated facilities to increase airport capacity to 27M passengers per annum. Consultation documents add that there will later be further expansion of Terminal 2 and associated facilities to increase to 32M per year. Luton Rising chair Javeria Hussain said: “Our proposals reflect the sustainability values, both of Luton Rising, and our sole shareholder, Luton Council. “We want to maximise the social and economic benefits of growth and firmly believe there is a way to grow an airport in a sustainably responsible way.” He added: “Our consultation sets out how we propose to achieve this. Sustainability is about more than environmental issues – it’s social and economic impacts too. Our airport is a vital part of the economic ecosystem of the region and beyond, directly and indirectly supporting tens of thousands of jobs. “The proposed expansion will generate thousands more jobs and an extra £1 billion in economic activity in Luton and the neighbouring counties. We want more local people to be able to access these jobs, so our proposals also include an extensive Draft Employment and Training Strategy to make that possible.” Campaigners fighting against the expansion of London Luton Airport say the latest consultation is “a huge waste of public money”. Andrew Lambourne of Luton and District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (LADACAN), said: “The last thing people who live in this area want, having been barraged by a constant stream of ever-noisier flights, clogged roads and standing room only on trains, is the prospect of the situation getting far worse than that.” Meanwhile, work to connect the airport to the Luton Parkway train station via an autonomous rai link continues to gather pace ahead of its open

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