London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) is Luton Council’s airport company which owns London Luton Airport (LTN). In December 2017, LLAL announced its long-term Vision for Sustainable Growth for the airport from 2020 to 2050.
LTN is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and is now the fifth busiest airport in the UK. At its current rate of growth, LTN is forecast to reach its existing permitted capacity of 18m passengers a year (mppa) by 2021. LLAL believes it may be possible for LTN to handle up to 36-38 mppa from its existing single runway.
There is an opportunity for LTN to play a substantially greater role in the UK aviation market, notwithstanding the proposal for a third runway at Heathrow and the proposed expansion of other airports. Initial estimates are that there could be up to 800 new jobs for each additional million passengers per year travelling through LTN, and an annual boost to the regional economy of £76m.
It is LLAL’s responsibility to plan for LTN’s long-term future, to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefits of this growth, and to actively manage the environmental impacts.
In summer 2018, LLAL conducted an initial ten-week public consultation on its early-stage proposals, outlining four options for developments and its intended approach to minimising and mitigating impacts. More than 1,700 people attended one of 19 consultation events, and more than 800 responses were received which are now being carefully analysed.
LLAL is intending to carry out further consultation on more detailed proposals in autumn 2019 before seeking consent from the government.
Work is now well under way on the £225m state-of-the-art Luton DART, a 2.1km fast transit system which will link London Luton Airport with Luton Airport Parkway mainline station in well under four minutes.
The project forms part of Luton’s £1.5bn Investment Framework to transform the town and secure long-term economic growth, benefiting local business and ensuring the local community has access to high-quality employment opportunities.
In early 2018 the council’s airport company London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) awarded contracts for the civil engineering works to a VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier (VFK) joint venture and for the operating system to Doppelmayr.
The scheme includes design and construction of two stations, a gateway bridge, viaduct and tunnels, and is due to open in 2021.