A Local campaign group for Luton airport HALE (Hertfordshire Against Luton Expansion) is claiming that Luton Airport’s expansion plans are based on projections to increase flights at night by 50%.
“The claims are based on information in the Airport’s planning application which shows that the number of take offs and landings between 11pm and 7am is projected to rise to 52 by 2028, compared to 34 in 2011.”
HALE pointed out that this was just the average figure – during the summer peak there could possibly be as many as 80 flights each night.
“The data also showed that the main wave of early morning departures would start to ramp up at 5am rather than 6am.”
“This is going to come as a very rude awakening to people – in more ways than one” said Tim Moss of HALE.
“Just look at the rhetoric of the Master Plan, when the airport was keen to make us believe in its commitment to noise mitigation: they told us how much they wanted the airport to be the best neighbour it could be, and that they would ‘promote measures to minimise noise from aircraft operated at night’. How does that square with a proposal to increase flights at night by 50%, and to start the early morning departures at 5am? At the end of the day this expansion proposal is purely driven by commercial gain, regardless of community pain.”
“HALE has also discovered assurances from the Airport to monitor noise levels and fine airlines which exceed noise violation thresholds are almost meaningless at night, because the fines only apply to departures, and yet according to Airport annual reports 72% of flights at night are arrivals.”