London Luton Airport arrivals route airspace change

Hilton Parish Council has received correspondence from NATS regarding this change which states that they have decided to progress Option One, which means minimal changes from today’s flight paths below 5,000ft, and greater dispersion of flights above 5,000ft. The location and orientation of the new holding area near the A1-A14 junction has been adjusted and the lowest standard altitude of the hold raised by 1,000ft, reducing potential noise impacts on the residents of St Neots and Huntingdon.

The updated design is fully explained in their Step 4A(i) document, and an accompanying technical map is available to directly compare the consulted design with the final design (before and after layers can be switched on and off).  They also provide a Final Options Appraisal document, which describes the cost benefit analysis in terms of quantified and monetised impacts and benefits.

This completes the three-stage, ‘we asked, you said, we did’ consultation process, and the final design will now be submitted for approval to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in line with the airspace change process. Subject to CAA regulatory approval, the proposal is planned for implementation no earlier than February 2022.

All of the documentation can be found on the CAA’s portal here: