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.

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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.

  •  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

  •  And to support Luton Council in delivering the Luton Investment Framework
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 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:

Consultation Document
Summary Consultation Document
Consultation Feedback Form

Both these documents build on our Vision for Sustainable Growth 2020-2050 which was published in December 2017.

You can also read:

Sift 1 report
Sift 2 report
London Luton Airport Ltd’s new Draft Sustainability Strategy

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 masterplan options for making best use of the existing runway in the period up to 2050 to achieve up to 36-38 mppa

Mid 2018 – mid 2019

Ongoing engagement and feedback review - project team reviews responses to Non-Statutory Consultation while continuing dialogue with local stakeholders, leading to a preferred scheme

Mid 2019

Statutory Consultation - statutory consultation on the preferred scheme. Supported by the draft detailed technical and environmental assessments

Mid - late 2019

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 Stansted.

Initial estimates are that there could be an increase of up to 800 new jobs for each additional million passengers per year travelling through LTN, and an annual boost to the regional economy of £76m.

The contribution of an expanded LTN to Beds, Bucks and Herts could reach up to £2.6bn and support up to 42,000 jobs.

Community benefits

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.


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.