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Old 2nd Nov 2016, 23:17
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LBC borrowing the money, lending it to airport for new rail link with interest allegedly.
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Old 3rd Nov 2016, 04:37
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Did hear that LBC can borrow money more cheaply than the airport and that the money will be paid back over 25 years.

What is hard to comprehend is that the CTA road network, cores, passenger bridges, short term car park and drop off zone are not even finished yet but will all require to be either replaced, modified or supplemented. It is a real shame that the rail route and station were not planned for before the design of the CTA was laid out and started. It is clear that several million pounds will have been spent on the existing reconstruction project that will have a life span of maybe 2 - 4 years.

A major exercise will be rerouting the entry and exit road routes from the tunnel as the cut and cover MTS runs right through the middle of the road that hasn't even been started yet and that was meant to open for Christmas. Maybe now is the time to build and open the first diversion seeing that this last section of the CTA road upgrade could only be in place for a couple of years before it is dug up again.

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Old 3rd Nov 2016, 06:46
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Notice Wizz have 36 arrivals today on a Thursday in November - very impressive - and please can we have no silly 'johnny foreigner type' remarks please - very tiresome.
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Old 3rd Nov 2016, 06:57
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Each train can will carry between 150 and 225 passengers depending if 2 or 3 car carriages are used.

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Parkway showing new footbridge across tracks
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Old 3rd Nov 2016, 08:27
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With the easyJet summer schedule released Toulouse has been loaded for S17 but Tenerife, Lanzarote & Copenhagen have not! I don't understand why the Canary services would be dropped or would just be winter seasonal!
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Old 3rd Nov 2016, 09:24
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Originally Posted by AvGeek1 View Post
With the easyJet summer schedule released Toulouse has been loaded for S17 but Tenerife, Lanzarote & Copenhagen have not! I don't understand why the Canary services would be dropped or would just be winter seasonal!
Since a lot of the eastern Med and north Africa became too dangerous, the Canaries are more popular with the Brits than ever - any services being cut from the UK would be a surprise.
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Old 3rd Nov 2016, 10:28
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Looking at the aerial photo of the airport development it is obvious that with the location of the MSCP that another 8 pack will be built on the current short term car park in the future (Even the location of the link to Taxiway Foxtrot lines up perfectly).
There is no way I can envisage another MSCP going in on that land and putting in obstacles to the south stands.
Thanks to all for posting the info on the rail link, very interesting.
Maybe that was the reason we didn't see glass in the footbridges and got the cheap version as they knew it wouldn't stay for long- or am I giving them too much credit.
Looks like ESU finishes next year as well with EZY, not bookable for summer.
That along with CPH not looking like operating must give them scope for new routes.
Real mystery why the Canaries routes don't appear to be year round.
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Old 3rd Nov 2016, 10:38
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Out of all of the new routes, Toulouse should be the one getting the axe, 20 pax pet flights most days apart from Fridays and Sundays!

Essaouria was always a strange one, but it was performing well considering, I guess with people not travelling to Africa passengers numbers have gone down.

I can't believe easyJet have given up on Copenhagen so easily to Ryanair but I guess they will always win a price war!

It will be interesting to learn of some new routes if these services are being cut.
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Old 3rd Nov 2016, 12:20
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Wizz Air

With Craiova getting another plane being based we will see more flights. It will now be daily compared to this summers 5 flights.
From 26/03/17 Daily
London Luton (‏LTN) → Craiova (Romania)
W6 3754 19:55 - 00:55
Craiova (Romania) (‏CRA) → London Luton (‏LTN)
W6 3753 17:55 - 19:10
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Old 5th Nov 2016, 11:15
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National Express have brought into service this week a new fleet of 5 double-decker coaches for their flagship A1 route between London and Luton Airport with each coach carrying up to 79 passengers. These new coaches will supplement the existing fleet due to high demand and is the only route operated by National Express that will use these coaches. As well as being a double-decker the coaches are longer than their standard coach so they overhang the airports bus bays.

National Express withdrew all its double-deckers after a fatal incident on the M25/M40 slip road in January 2007, caused by a speeding driver.

National Express now operates 217 services a day from Luton, only Heathrow also with over 200 services a day has a higher airport service in the UK.



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Old 5th Nov 2016, 11:16
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fyi - the additional information supplied at the MPT consultation (poster displays) are now available in PDF format on the LLAL.org website
http://www.llal.org.uk/Documents/Lut...n%20Panels.pdf
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Old 5th Nov 2016, 11:27
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About a year ago, National Express responded to increased demand on their coach route between central London and Stansted by opening routes from different parts of London to Stansted.

Why have National Express chosen to increase number of seats per coach rather than open routes to different areas of London for their Luton service ?
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Old 5th Nov 2016, 13:31
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Intersting documents, ClearLand08 - thanks for posting them. But why must LLAL apply to Central Bedfordshire Council as well as LBC for planning permission?
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Old 6th Nov 2016, 10:33
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Intersting documents, ClearLand08 - thanks for posting them. But why must LLAL apply to Central Bedfordshire Council as well as LBC for planning permission?
The MPT route crosses the CBC border
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Old 6th Nov 2016, 11:58
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According to Ordnance Survey Election Maps (which show District Council boundaries) the whole route is in LBC's area. That's why I asked.
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Old 6th Nov 2016, 14:31
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I'm not sure what scale the OS Election Map is, but the OS Explorer Map (1:25000) clearly shows that a small portion of the proposed route to the south and east of the runway is within Central Bedfordshire. The border runs to the east of the A1081 from the south, and then crosses the road where it intersects the River Lea. Both mini-roundabouts on the B653 are within Central Beds., before the boundary rejoins the A1081, this time on the western side, and then crosses back over this road before the airport spur. It then heads south of east towards Someries Castle.
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Old 6th Nov 2016, 15:19
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ViscountFan -
My mistake. I presumed incorrectly that Central Beds is a District Council rather than a Unitary Authority - hence I pulled up the wrong boundary.
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Old 6th Nov 2016, 17:01
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Are we all looking forward to a new airline starting scheduled passenger service tomorrow, Monday 07 November ?
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Old 6th Nov 2016, 18:14
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It's on the official Web site arriving at 10:30
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Old 7th Nov 2016, 10:41
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From the house I watched it land a few minutes early and watched it depart later than scheduled!

I was surprised how quiet it was climbing out.

I wish the airline well and look forward to the new airlines yet to come to Luton.
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