Luton Airport chiefs bowed to pressure from environmentalists today and shelved a controversial scheme to massively expand the airport. TBI, the company that operates the airport had planned to completely rebuild the runway and to build a new terminal. However, these plans have now been scrapped, according to TBI chairman Demetrio Ullastres because of “shareholder expectations”.
Greenpeace have welcomed the move. Their aviation campaigner Emily Armistead said:
This is great news for the climate. The airlines operating out of Luton have been pushing a binge-flying culture that’s deeply damaging to the environment and a second runway would only have made things worse.
“If the government is serious about tackling climate change it should step in and put a stop to plans for expansion at other airports. First off, plans for a new runway at Heathrow should go the way of Luton. Britain stands little chance of meeting its long-term climate targets if we allow aviation to expand as much as predicted.”
Airports and airlines have come under increasing pressure in recent months as governments and consumers have begun to recognise just how much the expansion of no frills airlines, many of whom operate out of Luton, is contributing to global warming.