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Old 2nd Apr 2024, 08:33
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Yes but only until the end of May at Stansted. A trade paper published the news today among all the other new summer flights from the UK. These two new flights make 29 destinations operated by Ryanair from Luton.
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Old 2nd Apr 2024, 09:28
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Originally Posted by compton3bravo
Yes but only until the end of May at Stansted. A trade paper published the news today among all the other new summer flights from the UK. These two new flights make 29 destinations operated by Ryanair from Luton.
Agree with previous poster, they still look bookable into the summer from STN, are you sure this wasn’t a April Fool?
Also Zadar is mainly operated by Lauda from STN for RYR

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Old 2nd Apr 2024, 10:19
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Originally Posted by compton3bravo
Looks like Ryanair are moving their flights from Stansted to Rhodes and Zadar to Luton beginning in June.
https://travelweekly.co.uk/news/air/...om-uk-airports

The link here quotes Rhodes and Zadar from Luton but I feel it's perhaps an error. All the other routes mentioned have been on sale for months and they're reporting now purely as the summer flying schedules kick in.

Maybe something incremental could still be added before June, a couple of flights a week, but there's certainly no mention here at least of them moving those routes from Stansted. That's probably more wishful thinking on the original poster's part
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Old 2nd Apr 2024, 11:01
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Planning Limits
LTNman is correct that the 18m pax is an absolute legal limit.
It just goes to show how daft those who govern us are that such arbitrary limits are set and that no flexibility is allowed.
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Old 2nd Apr 2024, 11:37
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Except in 2019, according to the CAA, the airport handled 18,213,901 while the airport claimed the figure was 17,999,969 just 31 passengers inside the legal limit, which was very convenient as the airport operated at 99.99982% of its planning limit.

https://www.caa.co.uk/Documents/Down...e0b5b3307/1330
https://www.london-luton.co.uk/Londo...c5e683c5fe.pdf

Those with a suspicious mind could be thinking that it was a deliberate act to create numbers to comply with planning permission while others might have thought it was magic that the airport could make 213,932 passengers just disappear while no one was looking, particularly the planning authority who asked no questions and just said nothing while taking their cut.

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Old 2nd Apr 2024, 11:39
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What is the likely penalty for exceeding the 18m limit ?
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Old 2nd Apr 2024, 11:56
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They won't exceed it as Harry Potter will be waving his magic wand again to make people disappear. Even if he broke his wand the Council will just turn a blind eye, as they did for 3 years for breaches of the night time noise limits. LLAOL, LRT, the Council and dare I say Ryebridge are all tied at the hip.

Changing the subject, how does Ryebridge win every construction contract going at the airport? Their signage also appears in the departure lounge as they are involved with building the mezzanine floor. Other recent contacts include building new aprons, building 2 temporary drop off areas, road and pavement modifications and modifying MSCP1 to carve in a new entrance.


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Old 2nd Apr 2024, 13:01
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Originally Posted by LTNman

Changing the subject, how does Ryebridge win every construction contract going at the airport? Their signage also appears in the departure lounge as they are involved with building the mezzanine floor. Other recent contacts include building new aprons, building 2 temporary drop off areas, road and pavement modifications and modifying MSCP1 to carve in a new entrance.
Assuming it works the same way in the construction industry, but you put out a tender for a contract saying something like "We need somebody to do all our building jobs between a value of X and Y for the next five years" and the winner then become your preferred supplier. Obviously more complicated than that, but that's the basic gist. Saves having to do repeated tender/procurement exercises.
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Old 2nd Apr 2024, 13:12
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Hmm, that makes perfect sense. I wonder if they will build the replacement MSCP2 or would it be out of their comfort zone and ability.

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It's quite easy to find the bids for work - refurbishment of hangars 60 & 127, drop off zone etc. Nothing about CP2 rebuild though.
Some by LLA others by LLOL.
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Old 2nd Apr 2024, 16:27
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Some by LLA others by LLOL
So how does that work? It all went to pot when LRT funded the Dart. Now LRT seem to be funding other projects like the mezzanine floor yet all infrastructure was meant to be funded by the operator leaving LRT risk free with no debts.

The big biggest difference between the two companies is that LLAOL make large profits while LRT make massive losses not helped by LRT handing over £45m to the operator due to Covid and £260m write downs for the Dart that they will be paying off for the next generation together with Council bailout loans of £199m to stop LRT going bankrupt.

LRT are finally getting their act in order by appointing directors that might just know about business. LRT has a long history of appointing fish wives, shop workers and taxi driver types who are Councillors with the only financial skills and advice they bring to the table is managing their housing benefits and attendance allowances for attending Council meetings.

Shame LRT can no longer afford to pay a dividend due to its losses, as the Council is also in a financial mess due to it no longer receiving a dividend.

https://www.lutontoday.co.uk/news/po...rophic-4576390

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LLAOL are funding this:
London LutonAirport is looking for bidders for a four (4) year requirement with the option to extend for a further 12 months (4+1) for the service, maintenance and 24/7/365 call out, to LLA’s sprinkler systems and also for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of new sprinkler systems (as and when required), details of which are shown in the Pricing Schedule, PT35. (Further details can be requested through our correspondence facility on the portal. The quotatio...
Note some NEW systems.

Yet LLA fund this:
This is to provide watercoolers for staff working in gate houses, Airside Ops and TSD airside rooms that are unable to house mains running water. This contract will run for 3 years with an optional 2 years (1+1) through extension periods and will cover 6 units for AirOps, 1 for Chaplaincy (GX), 4 for TSD, 18 for SEC & 1 for IT.

In some more details about hangars 60 & 127, they are to be separated so all 3 hangars can be leased out individually. Full refurbishment taking 15 months.
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Interesting selection of Airlines operating for Wizz tomorrow.
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Old 2nd Apr 2024, 22:17
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Interesting selection of Airlines operating for Wizz tomorrow.
When someone else is footing the bill, charter in whoever you can get your hands on.
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Old 3rd Apr 2024, 07:22
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Luton airport car park fire thefts are investigated by police https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...herts-68674790

All they have to do is interview the staff that were tasked with demolishing the car park.
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Old 3rd Apr 2024, 13:27
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...re-thefts.html

An airport spokesman said any allegations of criminal activity were taken very seriously
I heard about this around 6 weeks ago but that the airport operator allegedly only got interested when one of their cash machines got broken into. Up until then they had zero interest despite knowing what was going on.
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Old 3rd Apr 2024, 16:29
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Originally Posted by LTNman
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I heard about this around 6 weeks ago but that the airport operator allegedly only got interested when one of their cash machines got broken into. Up until then they had zero interest despite knowing what was going on.
LTNman as you love ‘snooping’ around the airport just maybe you should look through your collection of photos or videos as maybe you might have inadvertently caught footage that just maybe could identify those persons who could be the culprits and would help the police with there enquiry’s, or is it a case of fraud as I can not understand what valuables people leave in their cars over long periods. Further more were the owners of the vehicles invited to identify their cars knowing they were destroyed and the car park was unsafe and did they raise concerns about valuables when they were first contacted regarding the accident ?
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Old 3rd Apr 2024, 16:59
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I don’t snoop, I observe and comment when appropriate.

Now let me help you out sonny so you can understand what happened. Airport employees witnessed the thefts from vehicles after they were removed from the car park but before they left the ring road. This was then reported but I was told it fell initially on deaf ears until the operator found out they were also a victim of crime. As for the valuables, cars and more importantly some vans were left in this short term car park, which meant from a planned 15 minutes onwards. It only became long term due to the fire.

Also, I have heard that some cars were trapped in the drop off zone after the drivers ignored the signage and left their cars unattended to walk to the terminal. Security in the drop off zone was none existent so cars could just be parked up and left.

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Old 4th Apr 2024, 08:51
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Luton schools to close for two days due to Big Weekend https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...herts-68714874

Parents at Chiltern Academy, on Gypsy Lane, were sent an email saying "significant road closures" would make it "extremely difficult for staff and students to travel to and from school".
Three day pop concert expecting 100,000 visitors close to the M1 airport turn off. Maybe not a good time to fly from Luton?
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Old 4th Apr 2024, 10:18
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Is there EVER a good time to fly from London Luton ??
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