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Old 5th Jan 2022, 21:24
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End if the road for Wigmore Valley Park?
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The DHL/Air Tanker Miami flight is back on the board for today after a Christmas/New Year break.
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Old 11th Jan 2022, 13:56
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Old 11th Jan 2022, 18:43
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The DHL/Air Tanker Miami flight is back on the board for today after a Christmas/New Year break.
Seems to be off to Cincinnati this time, perhaps replacing the normal Aero Logic flight from EMA?
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Old 11th Jan 2022, 19:04
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Sun Express confirmation.

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Old 12th Jan 2022, 15:08
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I suspect for the first time in many years, there were briefly 7 TUI aircraft on the ground earlier today - 4 738s, 2 73Ms and 1 787. Five UK-reg, 2 Netherlands. It didn't last long, the Dutch 73M left three minutes after the Dutch 787 arrived..
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Old 12th Jan 2022, 16:12
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I see Sun Express flights to Gaziantep rise to four weekly from June with a weekly service to Ankara.
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Old 12th Jan 2022, 17:30
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I think Luton-Gaziantep is just 1x weekly in summer - the other frequencies seem to involve a few hours changing aircraft at Izmir
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Old 12th Jan 2022, 19:50
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DHL

Luton doesn't normally stand out on Cargo ops but today it hosted DHL flights from Leipzig x 2, Brussels, Frankfurt, Stockholm, the Cinicinnati & NMG from Istanbul. Must be a tight operation with only 2 stands for Cargo.
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TAXI! https://www.taxi-point.co.uk/post/ta...-luton-airport
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Old 18th Jan 2022, 20:33
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Councillor Hazel Simmons, Leader of Luton Council, said: “We know how important our airport is to local people, supporting frontline services, improving the lives of people most in need, and supporting the livelihoods of thousands of families. This is very welcome good news for our town’s hard-working taxi drivers.”
Short memories at the council as the only reason Luton’s taxi drivers are back is because of a contracts dispute with the old taxi operator. When the old contract was awarded the council refused to help.

A reminder from 2016
https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/rmt-taxi...ton-town-hall/
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'Supporting front line services'
'Improving the lives of people most in need'
This is about taxi services at an airport isn't it, or is it about some humanitarian crisis response team I overlooked ?
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Yes I was reading on another forum that they fail to mention the extra 45m that the council has agreed that the airport concessionaire (LLAOL) can keep over the next three years despite the concessionaire refusing all existing payments since 2019 by declaring force majeure.

https://www.lutontoday.co.uk/news/po...ghting-2886948

Income from the council’s airport company has all but dried up since March. The council's proposals include at least 365 jobs going.

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Old 19th Jan 2022, 20:07
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That's an old article, were the jobs ever lost or just furlong?
Anyway, back to taxis. Glad the standards are being kept up. Gone are the days when I ask the group of drivers for a fare into Luton, heads stay down. Then someone else asks fare to Central London and they all jump!
I end up in a beaten up old Toyota which was questionable as being roadworthy !
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So we have a situation of glad tidings with the airport operator patting itself on the back with full support of the owners for a problem they created in 2016 in which LLAL refused to do anything.
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Old 20th Jan 2022, 23:02
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Imagine allegedly building a 300m+ railway that runs for around a mile, possibly slightly more and only paying interest on this until 2070 when the final 'balloon' payment is due! I cannot think which rail project that relates to? Reminds me of the School and hospital PFI scandal! No way can the 'Borough' be that daft!
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Grrr

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So we have a situation of glad tidings with the airport operator patting itself on the back with full support of the owners for a problem they created in 2016 in which LLAL refused to do anything.
Taxis will not be required soon, as everyone will be arriving via another method of transportation. Mind you, when that method fails and the buses have been sold off, the staff made redundant, it might be the only method to get around........
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Construction update

So with the Dart a year late will it be open for its latest planned opening date of early spring so it is open for Easter? Think it might be but the jury is out.

The actual structure at Parkway is complete but the interior and public entrance still needs much work.


The national railway station stairs and escalators are now connected to the Dart station.


Glass barriers and I assume an emergency exist have been put in on the drop off side while the entrance and exit barriers are now installed on the terminal side.


This photo was taken in December and shows a gloomy station, as not much light is given off from the upward facing lights at night. I wonder if eventually supplementary lighting will have to be installed in the future?



The foundations for a new covered walkway for the Dart are being poured.

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Old 21st Jan 2022, 19:39
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Thanks for the update LTN man
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The last photo shows a gap in the existing lower walkways, which is in two halves. This was to allow vehicles, so I assume an ambulance, to get from the gap between the bus station and taxi rank via electric dropping bollards to the terminal entrance. As yet I have never seen it used or the bollards dropped in anger so I assume it was money wasted. Now with a new walkway going in I am thinking the route is set to disappear anyway.

The existing walkway is a cheap affair that lacks width to keep a person dry when the wind blows. Also passengers waiting for the car hire and car park buses use the walkway for shelter so forcing drop off and short term car park passengers to walk around them in the rain. Then of course there is the 150m gap from the drop off zone to the start of the walkway so passengers can still get soaked.

The recess by the terminal is the area for a planned mini terminal extension. It will be interesting to see how the site will be accessed for materials, machines and construction workers if it is built.

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