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What is happening at London Luton Airport?

Monday, 17 September 2018 12:06

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London Luton Airport’s (LTN) vision for the future (2020-2050) is to:-

Double passenger movements from its current capacity of 18 million passengers per annum (mmpa) to 36-38 million passengers per annum.

This means increasing aircraft movements from 135,000 to 240,000 per annum.

Around 15.8 million passengers used the airport in 2017 and it has planning permission to increase this to 18 million per annum. The airport is expected to reach this limit by 2020/21.

The Airport are therefore looking at the next stage of expansion – increasing the capacity by an additional 10 million passengers a year. They have stated this will not include a second or extended runway but will involve creating new terminal capacity and other landside and airside infrastructure.

This will involve expanding the Airport onto additional land.

The scale of this development means it will be classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). An application will need to be made to the Government for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to authorise the proposed development. NSIP applications are examined by the national Planning Inspectorate, and decided by the Secretary of State for Transport (not Luton Borough Council).
The Airport has started this process by holding an early-stage, non-statutory consultation on the options that they are considering. This includes their preferred option.

This consultation closed on 31st August 2018.

It is the first of two consultations the Airport are planning to hold. The second consultation, scheduled to take place next year, will be a statutory consultation under the Planning Act 2008. That will be a consultation about the scheme the Airport are proposing to apply for.


Who owns Luton Airport?

London Luton Airport Limited, own LTN. The company is in turn wholly owned by Luton Borough Council. There is an operating agreement in place (until 2031) with LLAOL (London Luton Airport Operations Limited), which is owned by Aena Internacional and AMP Capital. LLAOL is responsible for LTN’s current development programme.


Other useful Links

Luton Airport’s vision document

Luton Airport consultation documents

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