Chance to make a racket about noise from Luton Airport flights affecting Stevenage and North Herts

A Ryanair plane at Luton airport

A Ryanair plane at Luton airport - Credit: Archant

Anyone concerned about noise created by aeroplanes taking off and landing at Luton Airport is invited to a public consultation in Stevenage tomorrow.

Luton Airport's change in flight paths are affecting residents throughout Herts, including those liv

Luton Airport's change in flight paths are affecting residents throughout Herts, including those living in Stevenage, Harpenden, Welwyn Garden City and St Albans - but avoids Luton itself. This shows just one day in March last year: westerly departures in blue, arrivals in red. - Credit: supplied

The event will take place from 6pm to 8pm at the Ellen Terry room at Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre.

The airport’s flight operations team will be on hand for information and to answer queries on aircraft noise.

The Comet has received complaints in recent years about the noise generated by aircraft in the skies above Stevenage, but the numbers of flights to and from the airport is only likely to increase.

This week the airport announced a new £200 million plan to develop a direct rail shuttle link from Luton Airport Parkway railway station to the airport.

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Predictions have shown that this could help increase the numbers of people using the airport each year to 18 million by 2020.

The year 2016 broke records for the airport with 14.5 million passengers travelling through Luton, and that figure coincided with a 150-per-cent increase in complaints about noise.

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Flight movement maps – recording westerly and easterly movements over a 24-hour period in March last year – showed a concentration of planes flying over many urban areas in Herts, including Stevenage and Letchworth.

Yet the skies above Luton, and the immediate area around the town – apart from the airport’s location in the south – appear to be mostly devoid of aircraft by comparison.

All are invited to attend the meeting.

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