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Protest over plans to double the number of night flights from Luton

Luton Airport protest Credit: ITV News Anglia

Protesters have staged a rally in Luton calling for tighter controls on night flights from Luton Airport.

The group is campaigning against plans to double the number of fights between 10pm and midnight and bring early departures forward to five in the morning.

A thousand signature petition was handed to airport owners Luton Borough Council.


Luton airport online gaffe over crashed plane

by Matthew Hudson

Managers at Luton Airport have apologised unreservedly for a social media gaffe on Facebook after posting a picture of a plane crash in America.

The image was accompanied by the comment about how the airport was dealing with ice and snow. But staff hadn't realised that the image was of a crash which resulted in the death of a child.

Click below to watch a report by ITV Anglia's Matthew Hudson:

Airport apology for using plane crash on website

Luton airport has apologised for using an image of a crashed plane on its Facebook page Credit: Facebook

Luton Airport has apologised for putting a picture of a plane crash at another airport on its Facebook page. The image appeared for just a few minutes but attracted a number of adverse comments from other Facebook users.

Luton airport has apologised for using an image of a crashed plane on its Facebook page Credit: Facebook

The image was accompanied by the comment: "Because we are such a super airport....this is what we prevent you from when it snows......Weeeee :)"

A spokesperson for Luton Airport said: "We apologise unreservedly. The post was wholly unacceptable and it will never happen again."

Facebook users were swift to condemn the airport using the image Credit: Facebook

The image used was an incident at Chicago's Midway airport in 2005 when a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 slid off the end of the runway after landing in heavy snow. A child in a car was killed in the accident.

Airline seeks pilots

easyJet says it needs 330 new pilots for 2013
easyJet says it needs 330 new pilots for 2013 Credit: Press Association

Luton based airline easyJet is to create 330 new jobs for pilots this year across its 11 UK bases, which include Southend, Luton and Stansted.

The company says it offers a clear career path for pilots with the potential to move from first officer to captain more quickly than other airlines.


Easyjet celebrates charity success

Easyjet are launching a new plane
Easyjet is launching a new plane Credit: ITV Anglia

Luton-based airline easyJet is launching a plane with a team of Santa Clauses to celebrate raising over a million pounds for the children's charity UNICEF.

The money was raised through passenger donations and will help the charity protect mothers and children against seven deadly childhood diseases, including tetanus.

Airport bosses quizzed by MPs

The managing directors of Stansted and Luton airports have been giving evidence to MPs investigating airport expansion in the south of England.

Members of the Commons Transport Committee were told that Stansted is currently half full while Luton needed more peak-time capacity. The Managing Director of Gatwick told MPs that plans for an island airport in the Thames estuary wouldn't be a deliverable solution.

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