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London Luton welcomes Interim Davies Report and says adopt recommendations now

Published: 17 December 2013

Today’s Airports Commission Interim Report makes clear the UK faces a huge challenge until new airport capacity is delivered and that a number of short and medium term recommendations laid out in the report be implemented as quickly as possible.

In its assessment of the short and medium term options, the Davies Commission backs a range of road and rail improvements to improve access at London Luton, including the already approved enhancements to Junction 10A of the M1 and the improved Thameslink rail franchise, due to begin in September 2014. We are therefore hugely encouraged that our own plans to unlock additional capacity and grow the Airport to 18 million passengers per annum are in line with the Commission’s thinking, and welcome its findings. 

Furthermore, we welcome the creation of an Independent Aviation Noise Authority.  With a package of mitigation measures submitted as part of our plans to improve the airport we are well placed to achieve the report’s recommendations of delivering a balance between aviation growth and noise control. 

London Luton Airport Managing Director Glyn Jones said: “We welcome Sir Howard’s recommendations for immediate action which are in line with the thinking from our own planning application to unlock existing capacity at London Luton. Along with the work we are already doing to improve surface access and mitigate noise, we view the Commission’s report as a green light for London Luton to press ahead with our development plans which go before Luton Borough Council’s Planning Committee on Friday.” 

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Notes to Editors

London Luton Airport is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried 9.6 million passengers in 2012. The Airport directly and indirectly employs over 500 and 8,000 staff respectively, is a key economic driver for the region and a major base for ‘low cost’ or ‘no frills’ air travel.

easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomson, EL AL, Blue Air, TAROM and Carpatair operate from the airport, departing to over 100 destinations including services to Europe, Africa, and Asia, with onward connections to Mumbai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Beijing and Bangkok via Tel Aviv.     

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