Future Luton



"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."

Following our initial consultation on proposed long-term sustainable growth of London Luton Airport in summer 2018, we have now begun a second public consultation from 16 October to 16 December 2019.

As we confirmed in February 2019, we are targeting expansion of the airport to 32 million passengers per annum (mppa) from its current cap of 18 mppa, using the existing single runway.

This second ’statutory’ consultation includes key strategies to minimise and mitigate impacts on the environment.

We would like to welcome everyone to attend one of our community consultation events in autumn 2019, and to provide their feedback. All responses will be carefully considered for the future of our airport.

Click below for full details of our 34 community consultation events.

It is expected that our application to the government for a Development Consent Order (DCO) will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in mid-2020. The final decision will rest with the Secretary of State of Transport.

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About us

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.

Our aims

  • To make best use of the existing runway at LTN to provide the maximum benefit to the local and sub-regional economy
  • To deliver good levels of service
  • To actively manage environmental impacts at the local and wider levels in line with our wider commitment to responsible and sustainable development
  • To support Luton Council in delivering the Luton Investment Framework and its work to eradicate poverty and improve lives
About Project

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 2020.

It is our responsibility to plan for LTN’s long-term future, and ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefits of this growth.

In our Vision for Sustainable Growth 2020-50, published in December 2017, we outlined that the maximum capacity of the runway could be up to 36-38 mppa. How this might be best achieved was the focus of the consultation we carried out during 2018.

It remains our assessment and aspiration that the airport can deliver these volumes in the longer term.

In our judgment however at this time our preferred option for growth to 32 mppa best reflects our determination to get the balance absolutely right between the economic benefits and environment impacts associated with airport expansion. It is also consistent with feedback people have provided about impacts, such as on road use and green belt land.

This website sets out our continued thinking as to how this growth can be achieved, and details how and when we are again asking for your views.

Our proposed development

In February 2019 we announced that we are proposing a new second terminal and associated infrastructure, mainly to the north of the runway.

To compensate for the partial use of Wigmore Valley Park, new parkland and open space would be provided over a larger area to the east of the existing park. This area is 10 per cent bigger than the existing park, and is positioned further away from the runway than at present.

The proposed development safeguards as much land as possible within the existing Wigmore Valley Park, where we propose to deliver significant improvements to facilities in the retained part of the park. It also constrains the extent of development in the green belt to the east of the airport.

This proposal was initially referred to as our ‘preferred option’ and has now become the proposed development, which forms the basis for our second public consultation.

Here is the draft layout of our proposed development, formerly our ‘preferred option’: subject to change, ongoing design and consultation. Click here to view the full document.

How to find out more

Click the links to read the following documents:

Main Statutory Consultation documents

This consultation seeks your views on our proposed expansion of London Luton Airport.

You can respond to this consultation using this online form. You can also email to futureluton@llal.org.uk, or you can download and return your completed paper feedback form to one of our community consultation events, or by mail to FREEPOST FUTURE LUTON LLAL (no stamp required).

The consultation documents will also be made available free of charge on USB memory stick by request. Those without computer access can request a printed copy of the Guide to Statutory Consultation and Feedback Form using the contact details below.

Should you require any further information about our expansion proposals, or advice on how you can submit your feedback, please email us at futureluton@llal.org.uk or call 01582 548782.

Your feedback is important to us. All feedback must be received by 11:59pm on Monday 16 December 2019 to ensure your comments can be considered. We will accept posted responses that have a postmark on or before 16 December 2019.

Feedback from Non-Statutory Consultation in summer 2018

In February 2019 we published two technical documents which outlined the feedback received during our summer 2018 consultation, and how our expert advisors had continued to assess the options for development in the light of comments made.

In September 2019, LLAL published a new Sustainability Strategy on its website llal.org.uk. Please click here to view the Sustainability Strategy.

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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).

Mid 2018
Non-Statutory Consultation - initial round of public consultation on the emerging strategic options for making best use of the existing runway in the period up to 2050
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?

There is an opportunity for LTN to play a substantially greater role in the UK aviation market, notwithstanding the proposal for a third runway at Heathrow and the proposed expansion at other London airports.
We estimate that a London Luton Airport handling 32 mppa in 2039 could support delivery of more than 16,000 new jobs.
The contribution of an expanded LTN could provide an additional economic benefit of £1.3 billion every year across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

Community benefits

In 2018-19 the dividend payable from LLAL to Luton Council amounted to £20.2m.

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.

During our Statutory Consultation  in autumn 2019, we are also outlining how we propose to develop further the support we provide for our neighbours in 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 scheme, 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.

Land referencing

In summer 2019 we began writing to those residents and organisations who might be affected by our proposals for the expansion of London Luton Airport.

This includes people beyond the airport site in areas that may be affected by the construction or operation of the expanded airport.

We have a duty to identify people with a legal interest in property or land in those areas.

The purpose of this exercise, known as 'land referencing', is to identify those parties who are statutory consultees and who we are writing to again as part of our Statutory Consultation.

Enclosed within the letter was a 'land interest questionnaire' (LIQ) which sought confirmation that LLAL has correctly identified the details of all parties concerned.

As part of our duty to identify those with an interest, it is normal practice to then visit any parties who have not returned the questionnaire in order to seek information in person.

Please go to the LLAL website for more information on land referencing or download our guidance sheet here.

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 second consultation period.

We will have regard to all the responses we receive and report back on how we have done so.


Our key objectives

For our airlines

We will enable you
to grow.

For local communities

We will be a better

For our passengers

We will improve choice
and your experience

For local businesses

We will offer greater
opportunities to trade.