Luton Airport expansion

Timeline for the Luton Airport expansion

The project is of a size and scale that it meets the thresholds to be a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. That means Luton Rising (previously London Luton Airport Ltd, LLAL) must apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO). The application will be examined by the Planning Inspectorate and decided by the Secretary of State for Transport.

Mid 2018

Non-Statutory Consultation

Mid 2018 to Mid 2019

LLAL reviewed responses to the Non-Statutory Consultation. They consulted with local stakeholders, leading to a preferred scheme.

Winter 2019

LLAL undertook their Statutory DCO Consultation in the December 2019 to expand the airport from its current 18 million passengers per annum to 32 million. The former Buckinghamshire County Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council responded to this consultation. The principal issues were concerns about aircraft noise in the tranquil environment of north Buckinghamshire including the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

2020 to 2022

Since 2019, the expansion has been under review due to changes in conditions including:

  • Brexit
  • climate change emergency
  • Covid-19
  • the challenge to the third runway at Heathrow

Luton Rising has undertaken a statutory consultation entitled Future LuToN, proposing increasing the capacity of the airport to 32 million passengers per annum by expanding terminal 1 and building a second terminal and associated facilities. Buckinghamshire Council has submitted a response to this consultation in April 2022.

This is a precursor to the formal DCO submission scheduled for late summer 2022.