Well one London airport has a plan….By IAG | March 15th, 2012 | Posted in Aviation News | No Comments
London Luton Airport Operations, the operator of London Luton Airport, announced its Master Plan for the future of the airport. The airport is the fifth largest airport in the UK and was the fastest growing London airport in 2011.
As the operator since 1998, LLAO has carried out a detailed study of Luton and opportunities for growth, which it has now used as the basis for creating a sustainable plan.The plan might ease the constraints on point-to-point short haul capacity for London and meet the DOT's forecast of 15-16m passengers per year by 2028.
The plans include:
- The phased development of Luton over the next 15 years to facilitate growth in passenger numbers and airline demand that will avoid overbuilding capacity, and passing on unnecessary costs to airlines and passengers.
- Growing the number of passengers from nearly 10m to 15-16m per year over the next decade.
- Turning Luton into ‘London’s Local Airport’ through continual improvement of transport links with the capital, and caring for the local environment.
The three main components of the proposed initial development phase include:
- Improvements to the terminal building through the construction of a new pier, and a new layout which can be achieved through minor extension works that won’t disrupt the running of the airport.
- Extending the taxiway to increase the number of aircraft movements, creating new aircraft stands, and upgrading existing ones.
- Constructing two new traffic lanes to the south of ‘Airport Way’, leading into a newly created set down system in the Central Terminal Area, which will ease congestion and manage growth in the future. There is more information on the official website.