London/Luton Airport expansion

2021

 

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MARCH 2021.  THE CONSULTATION FOR  THE APPLICATION BELOW  HAS NOW CLOSED.

The operator of London Luton Airport has submitted a planning application (reference 21/00031/VARCON) seeking consent to increase the capacity of the airport from 18 million passengers per year (mppa) to 19 mppa, and to amend the day and night noise contours.

This application will be determined by the Local Planning Authority (LPA), which has validated the application and begun the 30-day statutory period of consultation.

June. Airspace change feedback report published.

Option One approved, which means minimal changes from today’s flight paths below 5,000ft, and greater dispersion of flights above 5,000ft.

A report summarising the feedback received by the consultation on proposed changes to arrival routes into London Luton Airport (LLA) has been published this week.

More than 2,400 people and organisations responded to the consultation, which ran from October 2020 to February 2021. Their feedback has been collated, categorised and reviewed to help inform the final design. Some of the main points that may influence the final design include:

Concerns about the position of a new hold exclusively for LLA traffic

Noise impacts below 8,000ft, which includes consideration of preferences expressed for the two options on which LLA and NATS consulted

Any increase in the use of aviation fuel

Impacts on other airspace users, by reducing the requirement for controlled airspace while still enhancing safety, and by agreeing operational practices to mitigate airspace access impacts

















 

The Feedback Report includes full details of how the responses have been categorised and themed, which themes may affect the final proposal and which ones won’t, and why. It has been published on the CAA’s portal as required under the Airspace Change guidance process, CAP1616.

The next step is to complete a final design report, that uses this feedback to address the main points, followed by a full options appraisal.  These three steps – the consultation, feedback report and final options appraisal – will complete Stage 4A of CAP1616, the “we asked, you said, we did” stages of the consultation process. Following that, the final design proposal should be delivered to the CAA later this month (June 2021). Subject to CAA regulatory approval, the proposal is planned for implementation no earlier than February 2022.

The joint consultation, co-sponsored by London Luton Airport and air traffic control provider NATS, consulted on two options to simplify and modernise the arrival routes for flights into the UK’s fifth busiest airport and segregate them from Stansted’s, ensuring safety.

In response to the restrictions in place because of Covid-19, the consultation had an increased online presence to still allow for engagement with the majority of stakeholders. More than 11,000 people visited the virtual exhibition during the consultation period and 10 live interactive broadcast webinars were held for the public to ask questions directly to subject matter experts.

To inform those members of the public who are not online, advertisements were placed in local newspapers and magazines and leaflets detailing the proposal, how to access paper consultation material and how to provide a postal response were offered to local representative groups.

Neil Thompson, Operations Director at London Luton Airport, said: “We believe that the digital consultation resulted in greater engagement than would have been possible with more traditional methods, such as town hall meetings. Over 2,400 people and organisations were able to express their views and input into the proposal, which will duly influence the final design; and which we believe will prioritise safety as well as balancing the needs of the community and the environment.”


HOWEVER THE  CHANGES WILL HAVE LITTLE IMPACT ON HARPENDEN

To follow the progress of this Airspace Change Proposal, please check the CAA portal: https://airspacechange.caa.co.uk/PublicProposalArea?pID=51