Majority in support of Luton Aiport development

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

In a recent public consultation on proposals to expand Luton Aiport by double its size, 65 per cent of people supported plans to "improve passenger experience and increase capacity."

Proposals were also welcomed by local, national and international businesses, local chambers of commerce, trade unions and local politicians, all of whom were in favour of the economic benefits the development will bring to the region.

Luton Borough Council’s application to see 18 million passengers pass through the airport every year, has otherwise been met with strong opposition from Harpenden Town Council, Hertfordshire Against Luton Expansion (Hale) and the Luton and District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (Ladacan).

Therefore London Luton Airport Operations Limited (‘LLAOL’) has published a narrative on noise which aims to answer questions based on factual data compiled by aviation experts and noise technicians.

They have also produced a ‘noise fact sheet’ which sets out the past, present and future approach to tackling noise disturbances at the Airport. Glyn Jones, Managing Director said: "London Luton Airport plays a central role in the economy of the local region, and with so much of the area’s recovery relying on private investment, it is important that people are able to distinguish between what is correct, and what is hearsay.

"Our development proposals, including the creation of 5,100 new jobs and improvements to the built environment of the Airport, are all part of the robust and sustainable plan to update London Luton for the benefit of our passengers, airline partners and communities.

"That is why so many have given it their backing."

To view the noise fact sheet visit www.london-luton.co.uk/noisefactsheet

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12:15pm Sun 17 Mar 13

Bobbio says...

Good, now can the NIMBYS please stop bothering about this issue
Good, now can the NIMBYS please stop bothering about this issue Bobbio
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11:32am Mon 18 Mar 13

Lee West says...

For far too long the likes of HALE, LADICAN and AIRPORT WATCH supporters have purposely misinformed the general public. Some examples are as follows: They claim that irrelevant of what runway is in use, all flights go over Harpenden and Flamstead. That is false because when aircraft are using runway 08 most flights descend over north Luton which means there is no need to go near either town! When they depart in an Easterly direction, some but most certainly not all flights may turn around and fly overhead Harpenden between 5000 and 6000 feet. Rumours surfaced that the Airbus A380 super jumbo will be operating from the airport. That too is false as the runway is far too short! Then there was the ‘plane every 90 seconds’ theme. Trust me if Luton Airport could achieve an aircraft every 90 seconds then it would rank as the World’s most busiest single runway operation ever. Finally we have the mayor of Harpenden who stated Easyjet have ordered bigger and noisier aircraft-yet Easyjet have not ordered any new aircraft to replace the current part- British built Airbus A320 ‘family’ fleet! LADICAN senior members can not deny that today’s aircraft are like ‘**** cats’ when compared to the roar generated by the airline jets of the 1970’s!
For far too long the likes of HALE, LADICAN and AIRPORT WATCH supporters have purposely misinformed the general public. Some examples are as follows: They claim that irrelevant of what runway is in use, all flights go over Harpenden and Flamstead. That is false because when aircraft are using runway 08 most flights descend over north Luton which means there is no need to go near either town! When they depart in an Easterly direction, some but most certainly not all flights may turn around and fly overhead Harpenden between 5000 and 6000 feet. Rumours surfaced that the Airbus A380 super jumbo will be operating from the airport. That too is false as the runway is far too short! Then there was the ‘plane every 90 seconds’ theme. Trust me if Luton Airport could achieve an aircraft every 90 seconds then it would rank as the World’s most busiest single runway operation ever. Finally we have the mayor of Harpenden who stated Easyjet have ordered bigger and noisier aircraft-yet Easyjet have not ordered any new aircraft to replace the current part- British built Airbus A320 ‘family’ fleet! LADICAN senior members can not deny that today’s aircraft are like ‘**** cats’ when compared to the roar generated by the airline jets of the 1970’s! Lee West
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