London Luton Announces Public Consultation Results

London Luton Airport Operations Ltd (LLAOL) has announced the findings of the public consultation on its Masterplan to develop capacity to 18 million passengers per year.
During the course of the consultation, LLAOL received 1,360 responses from local, national and international businesses, local residents, local chambers of commerce, trade unions, airline partners, holiday makers and business passengers.
A total of 884 respondents (65%) said they supported the Airport’s development proposals.  They were in favour because of the economic benefits to the region, employment generation associated with the proposals, private inward investment and improvements to the Airport’s infrastructure.  Of the 380 respondents (28%) who said they were not supportive of the Masterplan, the key reasons they gave included the potential impact of increased noise and additional night flights.  There were
also 94 respondents (7%) who said they were undecided.
LLAOL says it has taken all feedback it received seriously and used it to improve and amend its planning application by adding two further mitigation measures to the six new noise initiatives it has already proposed.  They are the introduction of a new quota and
aircraft movement limit for night time flights to bring London Luton Airport in line with other, designated UK airports and a reduction in noise violation limits, and the introduction of a fining system for aircraft breaching these limits, effective from 2014/2015, and not 2018 as previously planned.
Glyn Jones, Managing Director of the Airport said: “LLAOL has listened to the local community and has put in place a robust plan to deliver a balanced, sustainable development, which offers a number of significant economic and social benefits, including the creation of approximately 5,100 new jobs, increasing value to the local economy, and improving the built environment of the Airport”.