HALE has highlighted the ways in which this huge expansion proposal will do more harm than good. Further Luton Airport expansion will reduce the quality of life for tens of thousands of people across Hertfordshire.
We strongly oppose any additional expansion of capacity at Luton Airport on the grounds that the harms outweigh the benefits and it is not in the public interest for the following reasons:
300-450 planes a day already fly at very low altitude over Hertfordshire causing noise, loss of sleep and negative health effects which impact people’s well-being.
The effects of doubling capacity from 9 to 18 million passengers between 2013 and 2019 have not been mitigated, and cannot be until airspace is redesigned. Planes are still held low for up to 16 miles, the fleet mix has shifted to larger and noisier aircraft, and night flights have doubled in the past 5 years from 8,000 to 16,000 per year. The Airport has breached its noise contour limits due to this unbalanced growth.
This has already seriously degraded the quality of life in Hertfordshire communities, over which all of Luton’s arriving and departing aircraft must fly. No further capacity growth at Luton Airport should even be considered in these circumstances.