Our ambition to be the UK’s greenest and most socially responsible airport owner
Update on our expansion proposals, 8 June 2020
We are pleased to confirm that we now intend to submit our Development Consent Order application to the government for an expanded London Luton Airport in 2021.
As previously announced here, we are investing more time now to take a fresh look at every aspect of sustainability and the impacts of running an airport. We are actively considering how we can set out a path to meet our ambition to become the UK’s most sustainable as well as socially conscious airport owner in the UK.
Our approach will also help us meet the challenge of supporting essential economic recovery from the impacts of coronavirus.
Following Statutory Consultation on our expansion proposals during autumn 2019, we have been considering very closely and seriously the feedback we received.
We have heard in particular a clear message that people want us to go even further to mitigate environmental issues, including noise, air quality and climate change.
We are an airport owner entirely focused on supporting and improving people’s lives, and driving economic and employment growth, both in Luton and neighbouring communities. We see it as vital that we continue to plan for how prudent investment in our stewardship of the airport can continue to benefit future generations.
It is right that we take all the time we need at this stage. We therefore will not be submitting our DCO application in June 2020, as originally outlined.
We will have more to say about this over the coming weeks and months. Please keep following our latest news here.
London Luton Airport and Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic is having a major impact on the aviation industry. Our focus during these unprecedented times is firmly on supporting staff and all our partners across London Luton Airport, and preparing for a period of recovery and renewed safe travel.
For information on coronavirus you may find the following websites useful:
- Government advice - for general government advice including travel
- NHS – practical advice about coronavirus and what you must do
- Luton Council - general information on how to keep safe
- London Luton Airport - latest advice for passengers from London Luton Airport
- Civil Aviation Authority - information for passengers, holiday makers and the aviation industry
Our Statutory Consultation on the proposed long-term sustainable growth of London Luton Airport started on 16 October 2019 and closed on 16 December. The 35 community consultation events were well attended and we have been processing the high volume of feedback received.
It is expected that our application to the government for a Development Consent Order (DCO) will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in 2021. The final decision will rest with the Secretary of State for Transport.
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"We have a unique opportunity as the owner of London Luton Airport to support sustainable growth of the local, sub-regional and national economies, and help meet the significant projected shortfall in aviation capacity in London and the South-East to 2050."
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.