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Man charged with smuggling drugs through Luton Airport

A 48-year-old man has been charged with attempting to smuggle cocaine worth £40,000 in the UK through Luton Airport.

Andrew Chitedze, of Bosman Road, Dalston in London, was arrested by Border Force officers last month.

He had just arrived on a flight from Madrid and is suspected of attempting to smuggle an estimated 1kg of cocaine, with a potential street value of £40,000.

Chitedze was later charged with attempting to import a class A drug.

He appeared before Uxbridge Magistrates on Friday and was remanded in custody until February 13th when he will appear at Isleworth Crown Court.


Charity benefits from Airport connection

London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport Credit: ITV Anglia

Luton Airport has helped the Sue Ryder charity raise more than £100,000 over the past two years.

Airport managers are thanking their staff, passengers and supporters for contributing to the appeal.

The terminal at London Luton Airport
The terminal at London Luton Airport Credit: ITV Anglia

The money raised will fund more than 12,000 hours of care which the Sue Ryder charity can provide.

Luton airport expansion approved

Plans to expand London Luton Airport have been approved by Luton Borough Council.

It means the airport will be able to increase capacity from 12 to 18 million passengers a year.

We have committed to developing an Airport which everyone in the local area will be proud of and passengers from all over the world will enjoy visiting.

In the year of our 75th Anniversary this is an exciting milestone for all of us at the Airport, the local area, and the millions of passengers who use us for business travel, to visit friends and family or to get away on holiday.”

– Glyn Jones, Managing Director of the Airport

Decision expected to be made on plans to expand Luton Airport

Passengers at Luton Airport.
Passengers at Luton Airport. Credit: PA

A decision is expected to be made today on the expansion of Luton Airport.

Luton Borough Council, which is a shareholder in the airport, is expected to approve increasing passenger capacity from 12 million to 18 million a year.

The council has received 455 objections.

Some councillors have complained about the timing of the meeting just before Christmas when some are away.

Dreamliner on show

Staff at Thomson Airways will be showing off the company's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at Luton today.

Carrying 291 passengers it will offer a greater range and more long haul destinations from the airport.

The company says pollution and noise levels will also be much lower than older aircraft.


Luton Airport set for expansion?

Passengers at Luton airport Credit: PA

A Council meeting in Luton this week will consider an application to increase the capacity of London Luton Airport from 12 million to 18 million passengers a year.

Officers are recommending approval for the application at the meeting on Thursday which will be held at Luton Town Hall at 4pm and is open to the public.

Plans for new hub-airport

by Emma Hutchinson

Plans have been unveiled for a new hub-airport in the Thames estuary, to the east of London, to tackle growing airport capacity problems.

Last year the government set up the UK Airports Commission to look at options for expansion in southern England. Since then bosses at Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow have expressed their desire to build more runways.

Now, designs for a massive floating airport are in the spotlight. But if it goes ahead, would Stansted miss out? Our Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson reports.

Luton Airport Chaplain calls it a day

by Olivia Paterson

For 18 years, the Reverend Michael Banfield has worked quietly away as the Senior Chaplain at Luton Airport. He's met people from all over the world, and over nearly two decades has seen the airport transform.

Well this week he retires, making way for a new chaplain.

But before he hands over the reins, he sat down with our reporter Olivia Paterson, to talk about his unusual job.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson

Fine for Luton Airport over death of passenger

Luton Airport has been ordered to pay almost £300,000 in fines and costs after a pensioner died on a crossing outside the terminal.

Mary Whiting from Norfolk had just returned from holiday, when she was hit by a lorry in 2009.

In June a jury decided that the airport had breached health and safety laws. The lorry driver was previously cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson

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