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Luton Airport unveils plans for £200m transit system

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.

New Wizz Air base at Luton to create 36 new jobs

Wizz Air has been flying from Luton since 2004. Credit: PA

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.

– József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air

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MP calls for night flight restrictions at Luton airport

Luton airport had 14.5 million people through the airport in 2016. Credit: London Luton Airport

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.

A consultation was launched last week to bring in tighter noise quotas at London airports. Credit: London Luton Airport

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."

– Peter Lilley MP, Con, Hitchin and Harpenden
Luton insists its noise control standards are already tighter than other London Airports. Credit: London Luton Airport

“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”.

– Neil Thompson, Operations Director, London Luton Airport

Appeal to reunite lost Luton airport 'teddy' with owner takes off

Shackleton is becoming well travelled. Credit: Captain Matt Clutterbuck

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.

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Fog alert across the region with delays at airports

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.

Fog is delaying flights to and from Stansted airport. Credit: London Stansted

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.

Area covered by the yellow weather warning for thick fog. Credit: Met Office

"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."

– Met Office

Flight delays at Luton airport due to weather conditions

Some flights leaving Luton airport are being delayed because of the weather. Credit: London Luton Airport

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."

– London Luton Airport

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.

Air-nimation: The fly through video of Luton airport's new look

Luton Airport has unveiled what it will look like after it's massive £110m refit is completed.

It has released a new video animation showing the eventual results of the terminal extension.

The plans will see the capacity of the airport increase by 50% to 18 million passengers per year by 2020. Construction is well underway, with the airport having already opened a new security search area and £1m executive lounge.

And the airport's parking issues could be helped by a new 1,700 space multi storey car park which is is due to open this winter.

You can watch the new animation below:

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