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.
Luton Airport held a first round of public consultation on their proposals in summer 2018. According to them, 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.