MAKING BEST USE OF OUR RUNWAY
Our initial consultation on proposed long-term expansion of London Luton Airport closed at 5pm on Friday 31 August. We would like to thank everyone who attended one of our community consultation events and provided their feedback. Responses are now being carefully considered for the future of our airport.
London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) is Luton Council’s airport company which owns London Luton Airport (LTN).
In December 2017, we announced our Vision for Sustainable Growth for the airport from 2020-2050.
About our project
LTN is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and is now the fifth busiest airport in the UK. At its current rate of growth, LTN is forecast to reach its existing permitted capacity of 18 million passengers per annum (mppa) in 2021.
It is our responsibility to plan for LTN’s long-term future, and ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefits of this growth.
We believe it may be possible for LTN to handle up to 36-38 mppa. This website sets out our early thinking as to how this can be achieved, and asks for your views.
How to find out more
Click the links to read the following documents:
Both these documents build on our Vision for Sustainable Growth 2020-2050 which was published in December 2017.
You can also read:
What is the DCO process?
Our project is of a size and scale that it meets the thresholds to be a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. That means we must apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO). The application will be examined by the Planning Inspectorate and decided by the Secretary of State for Transport (not Luton Council).
Non-Statutory Consultation - initial round of public consultation on the emerging strategic masterplan options for making best use of the existing runway in the period up to 2050 to achieve up to 36-38 mppa
Ongoing engagement and feedback review - project team reviews responses to Non-Statutory Consultation while continuing dialogue with local stakeholders, leading to a preferred scheme
Statutory Consultation - statutory consultation on the preferred scheme. Supported by the draft detailed technical and environmental assessments
Further engagement and feedback review - consideration of all comments provided during consultation, leading to final design changes to our scheme. Finalisation of Environmental Impact Assessment
Why expand the UK’s fifth busiest airport?
Through LLAL, the airport is an important source of revenue for Luton Council, supporting local services and infrastructure investment. In 2017/18 this amounted to £19.5m.
Since 2004 we have used our Community Funding Programme to provide more than £120m to local charities and voluntary organisations in Luton and beyond for the benefit of communities impacted by airport operations.
Our key considerations
We appreciate that airport operations can have an impact on people and the environment, and acknowledge that communities close to the airport will be affected.
As we develop our masterplan, we are looking at the potential impacts that expansion may bring and ways to manage them, as we believe our plans must happen in the right way.
We will look to minimise and, where necessary, mitigate potential adverse environmental impacts.
From 25 June until 31 August 2018, we consulted on our plans to expand LTN by making best use of our runway.
Our plan is to progressively expand LTN to achieve the growth, which would require new terminal capacity and other landside and airside infrastructure.
We are now carefully considering your feedback and will update you regarding our future plans shortly.
How we will use your feedback?
We will collate and consider all the feedback and comments received.
They will be analysed to help the project team as they examine the proposals further following the ten-week consultation period.
We will have regard to all the responses we receive and report back on how we have done so.