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London Luton changes its spots.

London Luton Airport, traditionally a take-off point for holiday travellers, appears to be shedding its leisure image. According to the airport, last year saw more than four million passengers fly from the airport with two passengers catching a scheduled flight for every one flying on a charter service.

Even before the arrival of the airport's planned new terminal, statistics for December showed that 291,300 passengers used the airport, up 33% on the same month the previous year. Of these, 239,356 flew on scheduled services and 49,239 on inclusive tour charters.

"We are demonstrating the enormous attraction of London Luton Airport to both business and leisure passengers as well as to holidaymakers," said John Kingsford, Marketing and Business Development Director. "Once the new terminal is opened in the summer, followed soon afterwards by the opening of the new Luton Parkway [rail] Station, we can only look forward to even further growth in the future."

In other news, London Luton has announced plans to restrict noisier aircraft from using the airport at night as part of a concerted effort to lessen the airport's impact on the surrounding area. From the beginning of the next winter season, Chapter Two aircraft -- which are banned by International Law by 2002 -- will not be permitted to fly out of the airport between 11.00 pm and 6.00 am. Airlines are currently being notified of this new move.

The airport is equally adamant that during the coming summer season only those aircraft which have already been given permission to operate at the airport will be allowed to do so.

At the same time, the airport says it is introducing its own voluntary night noise limit of 100 PNdb -- in line with government proposals for reducing noise levels at designated airports -- with effect from 1 November. The new moves on aircraft noise will give London Luton the toughest night noise controls of any London airport, it claims.
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Publication:Airports International
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 1, 1999
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