The Anonymous Widower

Luton DART Fly Through

This video does what it says in the title.

It certainly looks like the DART will greatly improve the experience of getting to Luton Airport.

The Future Of Luton Airport

For many people, including myself, getting to Luton Airport currently, is not the easiest.

I haven’t used Luton Airport since I went to see England play in Belarus in 2008.

In those days, I drove to the Airport from Suffolk, but these days, as I don’t drive, I’d use the train.

Luton Airport By Train And DART

With the claimed four minute journey of the DART shuttle, times of around thirty minutes between St. Pancras and Luton Airport will be possible.

Current trains from London include.

  • One fast train per hour (tph), run by East Midlands Railway, that connects St. Pancras and Nottingham stations.
  • Four stopping tph, run by Thameslink, that connect Gatwick Airport, St. Pancras and Bedford.

I can see the following improvements in the next few years.

  • East Midlands Railway’s new Class 810 trains, which will run on electricity between St. Pancras and Kettering, may be able to provide a more frequent fast service.
  • There has been statements from Luton Airport, that they’d like to see four fast tph.
  • Four fast tph could be possible with the new trains, which will have fast acceleration and deceleration, thus ensuring a quicker stop.
  • The station also has separate fast and slow lines, so could probably handle four fast tph and four slow tph with only the most minor of improvements.
  • Luton Airport Parkway station being updated to handle more passengers.

I can see these rail improvements both attracting more passengers to Luton Airport and encouraging more of them to use the train.

A Second Passenger Terminal At Luton Airport

In 2019, with one runway and one terminal, Luton Airport handled eighteen million passengers.

By comparison, in 2019, with one runway and two terminals, Gatwick Airport handled over forty million passengers.

Wikipedia says this about a second terminal at Luton Airport.

In February 2019, London Luton Airport Limited announced plans to expand the airport by building a second terminal. The expansion would increase airport capacity to handle 32 million passengers per year 2039. The enlarged airport would continue to operate using the existing single runway.

With unlimited passengers wanting to fly and comparing these ambitions to the current figures for Gatwick, I don’t believe they are unreasonable.

But in times of Covid-19 and global warming, the expansion plans may not happen as envisaged.

This Google Map shows Luton Airport

Note.

  1. Luton Airport Parkway station in the South-West corner of the map.
  2. The current terminal is on the North side of the crunway.

There is probably space for a second terminal, either to the North-East or South of the runway. Extension of the DART is probably already designed for.

Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft

Consider.

  • Luton Airport is mainly short-haul.
  • Short-haul flights are more likely to go zero-carbon, using hydrogen.
  • Will hydrogen-powered aircraft need more space on the apron? I think they could!
  • Heathrow is crowded, with lots of large aircraft.

With more space, Luton, Gatwick and/or Stansted could position themselves as the airports to get your zero-carbon flights to the sun.

February 24, 2021 - Posted by | Health, Transport/Travel | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Indeed, one will be able to leave even quicker!

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | February 24, 2021 | Reply


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