London Luton Airport (LLA) has welcomed an announcement by the department for transport (DoT) that the government is to provide funding to get a UK airspace modernisation programme back on track.
Local campaign groups LADACAN, STAQs and Harpenden Sky joined LLA in calling for the government to step-in after the financial impact of the pandemic threatened the future of the programme, which aims to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys.
Some £5.5 million has been made available to ensure 21 UK airports can continue to develop and assess ways of upgrading the current airspace structure and route network.
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Neil Thompson, operations director at LLA said: “This announcement is very welcome news; and we are extremely grateful to the local community groups for backing our campaign.
“Like our roads and railways, airspace is a vital piece of infrastructure; yet it has remained largely unchanged since the start of the jet age.
“An overhaul is long overdue and will bring benefits for the industry and the travelling public; as well as for the environment and local communities.
“LLA has been at the forefront of this programme since its inception and remains committed to its future.”