London Luton Airport expansion: 'Increased' night flights protest

Protesters outside Luton Town Hall Protesters claim they will "effectively only get five hours sleep" if night flights increase

Related Stories

Protesters in Bedfordshire have demonstrated against proposals for increased night flights from London Luton Airport.

Campaigners said the airport's plans to double movements between 22:00 and 00:00 and start commercial flights at 05:00 would deprive people of sleep.

They are calling on the council to implement planning controls.

The airport said movements on a "typical busy summer's day" would rise from 25 to 45 between 22:00 and 00:00.

It was also confirmed that the number of movements between 05:00 and 06:00 was expected to grow from seven to nine, with "no increase in commercial aviation".

Last January, the airport, the UK's fifth biggest, announced plans to handle 18 million passengers a year, up from 11.5 million.

Its growth bid comes after claims of an air travel capacity shortage in south east England, by 2020.

Andrew Lambourne, from the campaign group No More Night Flights, which demonstrated outside Luton town hall, said without controls in place "we will effectively only get five hours sleep".

He said: "We are not completely anti-airport, we use the airport, what we want are planning controls put in place by Luton Borough Council as part of the process of determining this planning application."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Beds, Herts & Bucks



19 °C 13 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Cerro RicoSatanic mines

    Devil worship in the tunnels of the man-eating mountain

  • Nefertiti MenoeWar of words

    The woman who sparked a row over 'speaking white'

  • Oil pumpPump change

    What would ending the US oil export ban do to petrol prices?

  • Brazilian Scene, Ceara, in 1893Sir Snapshot

    19th Century Brazil seen through the eyes of an Englishman

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • SailingGame on

    BBC Capital discovers why certain sports seem to have a special appeal for those with deep pockets


  • European Union's anti-terrorism chief Gilles de KerchoveHARDtalk Watch

    Anti-terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove on the threat from returning Islamic State fighters

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.