HEADLINE: Luton Airport owners LLAL want to double capacity yet again
Luton Borough Council’s subsidiary LLAL which owns the airport is consulting on its plans to double capacity yet again from 18 to 36 million passengers and 240,000 flights a year – see LADACAN’s thoughts on this “sham” consultation.
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Respite routes and quieter departure procedures: essential mitigations to noise
Luton Airport is proposing to make changes to the concentrated RNAV route which has caused so many people to become really upset by aircraft noise. But in doing so it needs to be open and transparent about how the noise impact will be assessed, to avoid another disastrous airspace change process >> New departure procedures
Why is there so much more aircraft noise from Luton Airport these days?
Luton Airport is getting busier far more quickly than we were told it would when Luton Borough Council gave it permission to double its capacity. Why? Because the Council’s airport holding company LLAL incentivised rapid growth by discounting the concession fee payable to operate the airport. Click for details about 87% more flights, more noisy hours in the day, larger and noisier aircraft, and how to complain >> Aircraft noise
Who are we and what do we do?
LADACAN stands for the Luton And District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise. We are members of the Airport’s Consultative Committee and we fight against aircraft noise and further expansion of Luton Airport, given that its planes overfly so many rural towns and villages as well as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. To find out more about what we do and to join LADACAN, click here >> About us
To download our recent newsletter, click this link >> LADACAN newsletter
LADACAN fully supports the creation of an independent aircraft noise regulator and new legislation compelling airports to reduce noise by forcing airlines to fly quieter planes, by banning the noisiest aircraft, and by restricting night flights. We have co-signed a strong statement by the Aviation Communities Forum >> ACF statement
LADACAN submitted a report to the CAA RNAV Post-Implementation Review process which highlights the issues with flight concentration >> Runway 26 RNAV PIR
Reasons for increased aircraft noise at Luton Airport:
People all around Luton Airport are reporting many more flights coming one after the other, noisier aircraft, and being kept awake at night by planes. Complaints have risen dramatically since permission to double the airport’s capacity was granted by its owner Luton Borough Council in 2013. These graphs show just how fast it’s getting worse.
Luton Airport told us in 2014 that there would be 124,000 flights during 2017, but in fact there were 135,000 – largely because Luton Borough Council incentivised them to grow faster than predicted in order to make more money.
The increase in flights has not been fairly distributed: the westerly “RNAV” route which deliberately bends south-west over Pepperstock and Slip End, between Markyate and Flamstead, past Redbourn, over Childwickbury and Redbournbury, between South Harpenden and North St Albans before flying directly over Sandridge, has seen a massive 87% increase in aircraft since 2013 – and reduction in altitude past Redbourn.
We were promised quieter aircraft to counteract the noise of additional flights – but now larger and noisier aircraft like the Airbus A321 are being used in place of smaller and quieter A319s so as to cram in more passengers. A handful of A320neo (new engine option) planes are now used, but they do not offset the huge increase in flights.
The number of night flights has more the doubled since 2013. There are no government restrictions on night flights from Luton Airport – it has a 24 hour license. During the night, noisy cargo planes fly to and from Turkey for example.
To find out how you can make your voice heard, see our Complaints page
Links to other allied Luton Airport campaign groups:
St Albans Quieter Skies (STAQS) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Save our Skies St Albans – email@example.com
Harpenden Sky – www.harpendensky.com
Friends of Wigmore Park – campaigning against Luton Airport expansion which would destroy their vital district park and County Wildlife Site with huge biodiversity