London Luton Airport proposed expansion

Background for the London Luton Airport proposed expansion

London Luton Airport wishes to increase its capacity, using the existing runway to handle 32 million passengers per year, up from its current limit of 18 million passengers per year (which it estimates it will reach by 2020, based on its existing level of growth).

The proposals would include:

  • second terminal
  • multi-storey short-stay / mid-stay car parking close to the terminal
  • mid and long-stay parking
  • bus station, taxi ranks and Luton DART
  • support buildings and fire training facilities
  • road changes

The proposals do not involve new flight paths.

Public consultation

Consultation closed: 16 December 2019

Luton Airport held a first round of public consultation on their proposals in summer 2018. According to the airport team, the public preferred to use the existing single runway, but construct a new second terminal north of that on part of Wigmore Valley Park. To compensate, they propose that new parkland and open space is put east of the current park. This could be larger than the existing park and further away from the runway.

The latest statutory public consultation ran from Wednesday 16 October until Monday 16 December and events were held in locations around the airport and within Central Bedfordshire, specifically in Caddington, Dunstable, Eaton Bray, Leighton Buzzard and Slip End. These well-attended events provided the opportunity to view plans, ask questions and submit comments.

Feedback on the consultation and representations made is expected to be published around Spring 2020.

As part of the statutory consultation, Central Bedfordshire Council provided a response and also commissioned WSP and Vincent & Gorbing to undertake a review of the statutory consultation documents and provide a joint technical response on behalf of the four host authorities:

  • Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • North Hertfordshire District Council
  • Luton Borough Council

The relevant responses are available to view below:

For the latest information on the proposals and the process, please visit Luton Airport's website.