PETITION – Luton Airport should significantly reduce night flights: Luton Airport is as close to nearby homes as London City, flies much bigger planes, and has more people in its noise footprint. Yet it has no night noise curfew as at City, and no regulation on its night flights. Now they plan to DOUBLE night flights between 10pm and midnight. Join us in petitioning for a significant reduction in night flights at Luton Airport instead. NIGHT NOISE DAMAGES HEALTH!
To sign our petition against increased night flights at Luton Airport click here
Luton Airport is “in denial” of its own plans for flights at night! Despite clear information in its planning application proving that there would be a doubling of flights between 10pm and midnight, Luton Airport is saying this is Untrue. Click here for the story
Fantastic coverage of anti night flights rally in “Luton Today”! Dozens of protestors gathered on the steps of Luton Town Hall to hand in a petition of 1,000 signatures calling for planning controls over night flights – and to make some noise of their own. Click here for the full story and a great video clip
There is still time to make a difference! Because of the magnitude of the proposed airport expansion project and the number of documents involved, the Luton Borough Council planning team is still accepting your comments and objections. Click here for more information
New flight trial brings no respite to South Luton! The people of Luton are in the front line of the battle against aircraft noise – not just because they get the planes departing over their heads, but because it’s they who need to influence Luton Borough Council to get night flight controls in place. Click here for the full story
50% more night flights altogether? Luton Airport is planning to increase the number of flights at night by 50%. Data from the planning application and annual reports indicates that there could be 80 flights a night during busy months. And the noise of night-time arrivals is not being assessed against noise thresholds. Click here for story
Noise mitigations affect less than 1% of flights! The noise mitigation plans put forward by Luton Airport in its Master Plan, and included in its planning application, would only affect less than 1% of flights according to their own planning consultants. This demonstrates how hollow the commitments to be a good neighbour really are. Click here for full story
Twice as many people affected! The noise footprint from Luton Airport would expand to affect almost twice as many people by 2028 as it does now, according to figures in the recently released planning application. Click here for full story
Is Eric in a Pickle? Local MPs and experts agree that the expansion plans at Luton Airport constitute a Nationally Significant Instrastructure Project. The Airport operators say it is a critical part of the national infrastructure. Yet Eric Pickles is resisting calls to call it in for public review. Click here for full story and click to sign the e-petition for call-in
Majority say NO! 73% of the public who responded to the Luton Airport expansion consultation said that they were OPPOSED. Yet the Airport press release claims 65% in favour. That is why it is vital for all those who are concerned about the effects of this expansion to submit an objection. Click here for guidance
Mission statement: To oppose proposals to double the capacity of Luton Airport, and to fight on behalf of neighbouring communities for effective actions to reduce aircraft noise and pollution rather than allowing them just to continue to increase unchecked. Enough is enough!
HALE is campaigning against plans to double the capacity of Luton Airport. Why? – Luton is effectively a City airport and its noise needs to be regulated – there are no limits on night flights and local people have had enough – local road and rail services are already congested enough as it is – 73% of the public OPPOSED the plan during the public consultation.
Click here for help if you want to object >> Submitting objections
Reasons to oppose the expansion of Luton Airport:
1) Luton Airport is in the wrong place for massive expansion:
- there are big towns north, south and east of the airport
- the airport is on a hill with no direct rail connection
- flights routinely pass right over communities all around the airport
- local roads and train services are already congested
- see Growing pains and EIA poser
2) Noise and night-flights are a major problem:
- the mix of flights from Luton is getting noisier year-on-year
- Luton Airport has very lax night-flight restrictions
- noisy cargo planes wake people at night and cause stress
- at peak times planes would be going over every 90 seconds
- see Noise-gate and Flying tonite
3) The extra traffic would add to road and rail congestion:
- they have not modelled the impact on road traffic or trains
- M1 junction 10 is already a serious bottleneck
- A505, A1081, A5, Lower Luton Road would see increased traffic
- the trains were extended to 12 coaches to meet existing demand
- see Queues ahead
4) Information on jobs is misleading:
- between 2004-9, 1.6 million extra passengers yet 1000 fewer jobs
- airport expansion jobs numbers are generally overstated
- jobs look likely to be lost in cargo and commercial aviation
- more holiday flights causes British jobs to be exported overseas
- see Jobs fair ?
5) Consultation information was misleading or incomplete:
- proposals claim planes are getting quieter – in fact they are getting noisier
- they did not tell people about the planned extra night flights
- they cannot say which types of planes will be in the mix
- they did not specify planned changes to flight paths
- see Known unknowns and Fact or fiction ? and Route out
6) Expansion consultation information hides the damaging effects:
- they propose up to an additonal 160 planes a day over local comunities
- they propose an additional 16,000 passengers a day on road and rail
- they propose even larger, heavier and therefore noisier planes
- they will be adding 50% more night flights and start flights earlier
- see Impacts
7) The proposed expansion plans are fundamentally unsustainable:
- Bruntland report 1987: do not compromise tomorrow for today
- World Bank report 1991: do not pollute faster than you can recover
- Better Quality of Life 1999: use natural resources prudently
- 60% more planes means 60% more pollution and carbon footprint
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More background: Luton Borough Council wants to make more money out of Luton Airport. In February 2012 they announced a consultation on a Luton Airport expansion plan which would involve terminating the current concession held by the operators LLAOL. In March LLAOL announced their own rival plan to expand the capacity and increase flights from 9.5million passengers per year to 16 million over 15 years. In September both parties combined to launch a new consultation on expansion to carry 18 million passengers per year by 2030.
Significant expansion of Luton Airport wholly inappropriate given that the airport is so close to large urban areas, on top of a hill, and surrounded by rural towns and villages. Modern airports in Britain would be located with clear runs to the east and west since the prevailing winds are from the west. Luton has Stevenage directly to the west of it, and is constrained by the Heathrow stack to the south east.
Luton Airport already causes serious noise and pollution over populated areas, as well as areas of natural beauty. Flights from Luton are getting noisier each year despite the myth that modern planes are quieter - the fact is that the fleets are travelling further and so are getting heavier and hence louder.
Transport routes to and from the airport by road and rail are already congested at busy times and would be unable to cope with double the airport traffic. M1 junction 10 is a bottleneck between the widened carriageway to the south and hard shoulder running to the north. Other local roads like A505, A5, A1081, B653 are congested as it is.
The airspace around Luton is hemmed in by the proximity of Heathrow airspace and the Bovingdon stack, so flights to and from Luton Airport have to weave under and through the Heathrow traffic, which means they cannot climb to altitude quickly and are hence noisy, polluting and carbon-inefficient.
The airport has not been a good neighbour: planes do not follow the prescribed tracks accurately and – particularly at night – overfly towns and villages as a short-cut which the airport operator permits them to get away with.
Because Luton Airport is not regulated in the same way as other airports around London, there are no restrictions on its night flights in particular. The latest plans show a 50% increase in night flights from 2011 to 2028.
HALE is a non-parochial, apolitical and inclusive campaign for the benefit of North Hertfordshire towns and villages, as well as affected areas in Bedfordshire. We are professional, objective, rational and determined.
What can you do? Object to the expansion plans – input is still being accepted.
See our list of objections and guidance on how to object, starting at Objections
Please contribute by clicking on the speech bubbles by our stories, and posting comments which indicate your experiences of the airport, your objections and potential lines of attack. If you have specialist knowledge and can provide more detailed input we would love to hear from you.
You can contact us on the email address at the top of this page, or by posting replies to our articles. Together we can stand against these proposals.
The HALE team.