Aircraft noise

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.

Although we were told as recently as 2014 by Luton Airport that there would only be 121,000 flights during 2016, there were in fact 131,000: what do they know?

The increase in flights has not been fairly distributed: the “RNAV” route which flies out west over Slip End, between Markyate and Flamstead, round past Redbourn and over Childwickbury and Redbournbury, past South Harpenden and North St Albans before flying directly over Sandridge, has seen a massive 66% increase in aircraft since 2013.

We were promised quieter aircraft to counteract the noise of additional flights – well that promise has not been kept: larger and noisier aircraft like the Airbus A320 and A321 are being used in place of the smaller and quieter A319 so as to cram in more passengers. A single A320neo (new engine option) plane arrived in June 2017: watch this space…

Noise levels at Luton Airport have been shifting to louder noise bands by day…

..and also by night, coupled with a massive 220% increase in night flights on the RNAV route since 2013 – no wonder people complain about not being able to sleep.

The mix of aircraft from Luton Airport is noisiest at night. 25% of aircraft were measured at 76 decibels or louder at night in 2015, compared to only 19% during the day. There are no government restrictions on night flights from Luton – they have a 24 hour license.

To tell the Civil Aviation Authority what you think about aircraft noise and the need for some independent regulation and legislation to force airports to reduce noise, PLEASE take part in their online survey: it takes 5 minutes and can be found at this link:

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