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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.

  1. Emma Hutchinson

Plans for new hub-airport

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.

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  1. Olivia Paterson

Luton Airport Chaplain calls it a day

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

Luton Airport fined over health and safety breaches

Luton Airport has been fined for health and safety breaches over the death of a woman. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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.

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Airport chief welcomes deal

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.”

Protest group welcomes opportunity to talk to Aena

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:

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.

– Hertfordshire Against Luton Expansion
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