Passenger Terminal Today
Elizabeth Baker

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved an airspace change at London Luton Airport, enabling it to simplify its arrival routes for flights into the airport and separate them from London Stansted Airport.

This change follows a public consultation that ran from October 2020 to February 2021 and received feedback from more than 2,400 respondents. The joint consultation, co-sponsored by London Luton Airport and air traffic control provider NATS, covered options to ensure continued safety.

Three notable changes to the original proposal occurred as a result of the feedback. The first of these was a modified version of the original option, including minimal changes from today’s flight paths below 5,000ft (1,524m), with greater dispersion of flights above 5,000ft. The second change involved an adjustment to the location and orientation of the new holding area near the A1-A14 road junction. Finally, the lowest standard altitude of the hold was raised by 1,000ft (305m), reducing potential noise impacts on the residents of St Neots and Huntingdon.

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