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- Video report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers
Plans have been unveiled for a new £200 million passenger transit system linking Luton Airport with the town's Parkway railway station.
The scheme would enable travel from central London to Luton Airport in just 30 minutes.
Subject to planning permission, work could begin later this year - with the system ready for operation by spring 2021.
Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air has announced it is to open its first UK base at Luton Airport.
The low-cost carrier has been flying to Luton for 12 years and is already the second largest carrier at the airport after easyJet.
The Luton base will be their first in the UK, and their 28th in total.
The company expect the move to create 36 new jobs and the base will house one new Airbus A320 aircraft.
As part of the plans, there will also be three new routes to Tel Aviv in Israel, Pristina in Kosovo and Kutaisi in Georgia.
Today’s announcement once again underlines Wizz Air’s commitment to the UK. Our first Wizz Air flight from the UK took off from London Luton in 2004 and since then, we have carried over 35 million passengers on our low-fare UK routes.
By establishing base operations at London Luton, where WIZZ is already the second largest operator and an important supporter of local jobs with our business partners, we are also creating direct local jobs with one of Europe’s fastest-growing airlines for the first time.
Hitchin and Harpenden MP Peter Lilley has called on the Department of Transport to review the noise disturbance from night flights at Luton airport.
The Conservative MP has long been campaigning for Luton to be treated the same way as Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
It follows a consultation launched last week to bring in tighter noise quotas and introduce quieter planes at the other London airports.
However Luton says its noise control standards are already tighter than those airports.
The noise caused by night flights from Luton is particularly distressing for those affected. As London grows, air traffic is increasing.
"There were 4,897 night flights into and out of Luton Airport between July and September 2016 - 12% more than during the same period in 2015.
"I shall be writing to the Government to ask why Luton Airport has been excluded from this consultation."
“London Luton Airport already has tighter noise control standards than Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
"We are always willing to participate in any discussion that can help us achieve the appropriate balance in managing our social, environmental and economic impact”.
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When an easyJet pilot boarded his plane at Luton Airport to find a child's teddy bear under a seat you might have expected it to end up in lost property.
But so concerned was Captain Matt Clutterbuck that a youngster was spending Christmas without their treasured toy he embarked on a one man mission to reunite the pair.
Now his appeal has been shared thousands of times on social media.
Watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey.
A further Met Office yellow warning has been issued for thick fog across the Anglia region as weather conditions cause delays and cancellations at airports.
Stansted airport in Essex says that heavy fog is affecting flights to and from the airport leading to delays and cancellations. It is advising passengers to check with airlines and allow extra time for journeys to the airport.
Flights into and out of Luton airport are also affected by fog.
The airport says there have been a number of delays to arrivals and departures. Passengers are advised to check in as normal.
The Met Office weather warning is in force until 10am on Saturday 31 December.
"Areas of fog have persisted in places through Friday and are expected to become more widespread and freezing in places again on Friday night and into Saturday morning.
"Driving conditions will be difficult with journeys likely to take longer than usual and delays to air travel possible.
"Fog and freezing fog patches with visibility less than 100 metres in places are expected to become more widespread."
London Luton Airport says flight departures are being delayed by the weather.
Many parts of the Anglia region were hit by mist and fog during the early hours but this has largely cleared.
"Weather related issues for Air Traffic Control are affecting flight departures. Arrivals are unaffected."
The 9.15 am Monarch flight to Tel Aviv took off more than an hour late at shortly before 10.30am.
The 10.25am easyJet flight to Amsterdam is due to depart at 1.50pm.
The embattled airline Monarch are due to advertise for workers at a jobs fair in Luton today.
The low-cost operators licence on package holidays was due to expire last week but they were granted an extension.
Monarch says it has since received further investment from shareholders.