More than five thousand jobs are set to be created at Luton airport which has been given the green light for a massive expansion
Luton Airport and one of its contractors has been ordered to pay £373,000 in fines and costs over the death of a passenger.
Luton Airport is celebrating its 75th anniversary today.
Luton Airport has been ordered to pay £273,000 in fines and costs after a 78-year-old woman died on a crossing outside the terminal in 2009.
C T Aviations Solutions, the civil engineering company which designed the crossing, was fined £70,000 plus costs of £30,000.
Both were found guilty of breaching health and safety laws at a 6-week jury trial earlier this year.
Simon Calder says news that Luton Airport is to be sold and will benefit from investment should be welcomed.
Luton Airport bosses have welcomed a £400m deal for the sale of the airport.
Glyn Jones, Managing Director of London Luton Airport said:
The transaction is a very positive vote of confidence in London Luton Airport, bringing clarity to the future of the concession. We look forward to working with the new shareholders to pursue our plans to develop the Airport for the benefit of our local economy, business and airline partners, as well as our passengers.”
Members of the Hertfordshire Against Luton Expansion campaign group have given their reaction to news Luton Airport looks set to be sold.
In a statement released today the group said:
– Hertfordshire Against Luton Expansion
Aena is no doubt referring to the planning application submitted in January to double passenger capacity and increase the number of planes by 60%.
Because Luton Airport is so close to big towns with crowded roads and trains, this plan has already met strong headwinds.
We look forward as local stakeholders to consulting with Aena about reducing the already substantial environmental impact, rather than making it worse.
Luton Airport is set to be sold in a deal worth almost £400m.
Spanish airport operator Aena said it had agreed to acquire Luton airport for £394.4 million.
Aena, which runs all Spain's major airports, is buying Luton from Spanish company Abertis in which it already has a 10% stake.
It was perhaps best known for its television advert with Lorraine Chase. Yes, it has helped fly millions to holidays and celebrations around the world.
But now Luton Airport is enjoying a party all of its own - its 75th birthday. Today it celebrated in style.
The Luton airport website reports: "Owing to technical issues with Air Traffic Control, flights in or out of London Luton Airport may be affected.
"Passengers are advised to check in for their flights as normal."
There's possible disruption to some flights in the south of England due to technical problems with air traffic control.
Because of technical problems at the Swanwick air traffic control centre there are currently restrictions on the number of flights operating across the south of England, which will cause delays to some flights.