25 FEBRUARY 2019
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A preferred option including a second terminal for the sustainable future growth of the UK’s fifth largest and fastest growing major airport was published on Friday by Luton Council’s airport company London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL).
Officials say the plan will support economic growth and help to meet the significant projected shortfall in aviation capacity in London and the South-East to 2050. Luton Airport is operated by a consortium which has the concession until 2031 and is 66% Spanish owned.
Using the existing runway, LLAL is targeting expansion of the airport to 32m passengers per annum (mppa) from its current cap of 18m. The preferred option would involve construction of a new second terminal to the north of the runway.
The company has also published technical reports on feedback received during the first period of consultation last summer, and how its expert advisers have continued to assess the options for development in the light of comments made.
LLAL says it will now develop the preferred option into proposals to form the basis of statutory consultation on a proposed Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the government. Consultation is planned for the autumn.
In its ‘Vision for Sustainable Growth 2020-50’, published in December 2017, LLAL outlined maximum capacity of the runway could be up to 36-38mppa. Last week, it said: “It remains our assessment and aspiration the airport can deliver these volumes in the longer term.”
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