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Luton airport evacuated after reports of a suspect package

Luton airport closed by security alert: Terminal evacuated

Luton airport has been closed by a security alert. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive

Luton airport in Bedfordshire has been evacuated following a security alert, disrupting air travel for thousands of passengers.

Pictures posted on Twitter showed travellers massed outside the terminal at Luton airport.

A spokeswoman for the airport said: "London Luton Airport has evacuated the terminal building after a suspicious item was found in the security search area.

"The decision has been taken with the police to ensure the safety and security of passengers and staff. Further updates regarding the security and operations at the airport will be provided as soon as possible."

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.

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Charity benefits from Airport connection

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 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. 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.

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