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14/06/2018 - LLAL welcomes Heathrow decision and announces consultation events

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​Luton Council’s airport company - London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) - has welcomed the announcement that the Cabinet has approved plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport.

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling announced last week that the Airport National Policy Statement (NPS) had been approved by Cabinet and will proceed to a parliamentary vote. The Government also took the opportunity to reaffirm their position that airports in the South-East and beyond should look to make best use of their existing runways.

Cllr Andy Malcolm, Chair of the LLAL board, said: “We welcome the announcement that the Government will be proceeding as planned with the Airport NPS. It’s been clear for some time that there is a strong need for additional airport capacity in the South-East.  Government figures suggest all London airports, including Luton, will be full by 2030.

“London Luton Airport (LTN) and Heathrow play different roles and serve different markets in the aviation sector. LTN primarily serves short-haul European destinations while Heathrow focuses on its role as one of the major European hub airports. We believe that the development at LTN will deliver valuable runway capacity to meet the specific needs of its catchment area for mainly short-haul, point-to-point journeys.

“With that in mind, we launched our London Luton Airport Vision for Sustainable Growth 2020-2050 in December 2017, which aligns with the Government’s position that airports should make best use of their existing runways. Our initial analysis suggests that the existing runway could serve up to 36-38 million passengers per year and we are in the process of preparing a Development Consent Order application which we will be submitting to the National Planning Inspectorate next year.

“LTN plays a valuable role in the South-East aviation market; it is the UK’s fifth biggest airport and one of the fastest growing. We have ambitious plans for the airport and look forward to playing a strong role in meeting the increasing demand for aviation.”

LLAL is pleased to be holding a ten-week consultation this summer on its proposals for London Luton Airport. A series of 17 community consultation events will take place in locations around Luton, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire from 9 July – 4 August.

More information is available by visiting the LLAL website​ and details of a dedicated project website will be announced shortly.

The consultation events are as follows, there is no need to register – anyone is welcome to drop in at any point during the published opening times:

  • Monday 9 July 2018, 2pm until 8pm, University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus, Vicarage Street, Luton, LU1 3JU
  • Tuesday 10 July 2018, 2pm until 8pm, Oaklands College, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6AH
  • Wednesday 11 July 2018, 2pm until 8pm, Eaton Bray Village Hall, Church Lane, Eaton Bray, Dunstable, LU6 2DJ
  • Friday 13 July 2018, 2pm until 8pm, Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans, AL3 5BU
  • Monday 16 July 2018, 2pm until 8pm, Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street, Hitchin, SG5 1HX
  • Tuesday 17 July 2018, 2pm until 8pm, The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE  
  • Wednesday 18 July 2018, 2pm until 8pm, Southdown Room, Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PD  
  • Saturday 21 July 2018, 1.30pm until 5pm, Raynham Community Centre, 66 Eaton Green Road, Luton, LU2 9JE
  • Monday 23 July 2018, 2pm until 8pm, Ellen Terry Room, 2nd Floor, Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ
  • Wednesday 25 July 2018, 4pm until 8pm, Mead Hall, East Lane, Wheathampstead, St Albans, AL4 8BP 
  • Thursday 26 July 2018, 2pm until 8pm, The Incuba, 1 Brewers Hill Road, Dunstable, LU6 1AA
  • Friday 27 July 2018, 2pm until 8pm, Breachwood Green Village Hall, Chapel Road, Breachwood Green, Hitchin, SG4 8NX  
  • Saturday 28 July 2018, 1pm until 4.30pm, Flamstead Village Hall, Church Road, Flamstead, St Albans, AL3 8BN
  • Monday 30 July 2018, 2pm until 8pm, Stockwood Discovery Centre, London Road, Luton,  LU1 7HA  
  • Wednesday 1 August 2018, 2pm until 8pm, Caddington Sports and Social Club, Manor Road, Caddington, Luton, LU1 4HH
  • Thursday 2 August 2018, 4pm until 8pm, Whitwell New Fellowship Hall, 9 Bendish Lane, Hitchin, SG4 8HX
  • Saturday 4 August 2018, 12 noon until 4.30pm, Linslade Community Hall, Waterloo Road, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 2NR

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