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Old 6th Jan 2024, 14:17
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Would it be a good idea that when the car park has been demolished to use half of that area as a drop off zone during the summer while rebuilding starts on the new mscp. Just a thought.
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Old 6th Jan 2024, 16:02
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The airport needs a massive reduction in its capacity this summer. Itís not going to happen, as it is all about greed with many people who are booking flights and holidays through Luton missing their flights in the summer ahead. Itís a scandal, as we can all see what is going to happen.
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Old 6th Jan 2024, 16:26
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Originally Posted by LTNman
The airport needs a massive reduction in its capacity this summer. Itís not going to happen, as it is all about greed with many people who are booking flights and holidays through Luton missing their flights in the summer ahead. Itís a scandal, as we can all see what is going to happen.
Wait for Easter or early May or at worst case the end of May... it'll all spill into the press and pax will get the message to either avoid LTN or take the train.
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Old 6th Jan 2024, 22:29
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pabely Highlights the increase in drop off charge at LGW.
When asked how the airport can justify such an increase, a representative of LGW responded that the company believes ďthat increasing the charge will help reduce congestion, allow us to reinvest in sustainable transport, and encourage more passengers and staff to use public transport to reach the airport.Ē
Well they WOULD say that wouldn't they? My guess is that the increase will make no change to the number of vehicle drop-offs, the cost would have to be considerably higher to do that. Staying with other airports - but on the same theme:

Family coming back from European christmas with inlaws into LHR, had many extra suitcases of goodies. They tried to book a people carrier sized Taxi that, crucially, also had a child seat for their 2 year old. The only offer was going to cost over £160. Thus it was cheaper for two cars from the family (one with the child seat) to drive the 56 mile round trip. Add in the parking and one ULEZ fee and it was still more than £120 cheaper.

Britain follwed the Americans and built the modern UK for the car.
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Old 7th Jan 2024, 06:18
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I have no doubt that in-depth studies have taken place to establish what is the maximum fee that can be charged without affecting the total number of cars visiting the drop off area. Luton though is in the unfortunate position that to allow a maximum flow rate through a restricted mid term car park entrance and exit it can’t stop cars at barriers to inflict a charge.

I am sure that it is being looked at now to see if there is a way to modify the entrance and exit to increase the number of lanes so charges can be reintroduced. The old drop off area had 2 lanes in and I think 8 lanes out.

This is the temporary drop off that has been refined over the last few weeks but is still a nightmare if being picked up.
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Old 7th Jan 2024, 14:05
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Things will get worse next week with the return of schools and fully back to work.

A1081 Road Closure - 8th to 16th January 2024

From the 8th January until 16th January 2024 both lanes will be closed on the westbound (outbound) section of the A1081 from the roundabout at Percival Way to where it merges onto the main carriageway from Kimpton Road.

Vehicles will be diverted down Old Airport Way and then onto the main carriageway towards the M1.

There will also be one lane closed on the main carriageway to enable the works.

The lane closures will be in effect 24 hours a day while repairs are carried out.
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Old 7th Jan 2024, 14:38
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The traffic into the airport was backing down to the A505 a few minutes ago. Also the M1 from the airport turn off to Milton Keynes is going to be limited to 50 mph until 2025 starting this month for crash barrier replacement.
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Old 7th Jan 2024, 15:45
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The traffic into the airport was backing down to the A505 a few minutes ago. Also the M1 from the airport turn off to Milton Keynes is going to be limited to 50 mph until 2025 starting this month for crash barrier replacement.
Most of the time you are lucky to get above 60 mph on that M1 stretch anyway (thanks to the over-zealous smart motorway operators!)
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Old 10th Jan 2024, 07:49
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16.2m pax for full year then.
https://www.travelandtourworld.com/n...ngers-in-2023/
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Old 10th Jan 2024, 12:19
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Originally Posted by pabely
This year, LLA’s continued focus on delivering brilliant passenger service.
I just love these articles that seems to have been written by LLAOL publicity department where everything is roses with nothing bad to report. It would be far better if it was balanced and while rightly celebrating achievements mentioning what has gone wrong and what they are doing about it.

Maybe it has slipped their mind that 3 months ago today a fire wrecked not only their car park with over 1400 motorists having their cars written off but also their drop off zone imploded. Now the airport has a drop off area outside the CTA with a long walk to get to and from the terminal until around the end of 2025 . No mention either about peak time queues with passengers missing their flights. I guess they just forgot to mention it.

I note that work is being carried out to the temporary entrance and exit of the remaining MSCP. I have no idea what is going on but it looks like minor adjustments to traffic flows.

We are now on day 8 of the removal of the multi-story car park with not much happening that is visible.


Written off cars that have been removed to a rubber lined compound, which is good to see.


Meanwhile Easyjet has parked up many of its aircraft on the south stands.



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Old 10th Jan 2024, 13:47
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easyJet has a big reduction in capacity this time of year as demand drops off after New Year. Its schedule today, for example, consists of only 24 departures. That's about a third of a typical day over the summer when there are 24 easyJet departures in the first wave alone. Wizzair similarly have 52 departures today, around 45% of a typical summer day.
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Old 10th Jan 2024, 13:55
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easyjet, and to a lesser extent wizz and ryanair all park aircraft overnight on the south apron
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Old 11th Jan 2024, 17:34
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Luton's longest running route

https://www.route-one.net/news/arriv...st-five-years/

OK not Amsterdam, Glasgow or Malaga but made you look!
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Old face, new chair
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Wizz Air OK by CAA now

Always a hot topic here. Short term leases of Titan aircraft to cover engine checks are good as well.
https://www.reuters.com/business/aer...es-2024-01-17/
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It is being reported Wizzair UK to restart TLV flights from 1st March.
Only x3 week and not from LGW yet which would imply, not surprisingly, the North London market is much stronger.

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Old 29th Jan 2024, 14:03
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Not very obvious from the pic, the machines are very nearly in the middle of the car park.

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Old 29th Jan 2024, 17:11
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Built on the cheap, turns out to have been a very expensive mistake but will they learn any lessons? I doubt it.
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Old 30th Jan 2024, 10:31
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I hear the new mscp is going to be bigger ( more floors ) than the old one !
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Old 30th Jan 2024, 10:51
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If so it will block the view from the tower, which is why it was as high as it was and no taller.
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