New technology in use at Luton Airport should see a substantial reduction in noise pollution.
This is thanks to the new Area Navigation technology for departing flights, following successful trials over a four month period in 2013.
The roll out has been backed by NATS, Air Navigation Service Provider, airlines, along with local stakeholders and community groups.
Flights leaving in a westerly direction, along the Match/Detling route, will be drawn away from largely populated areas.
As a result, this will not only reduce noise but also have a positive effect on emissions – 290 tonnes of fuel and 885 tonnes of CO2.
Speaking about the Area Navigation technology, Luton Airport’s Operations Director, Neil Thompson, said, “The introduction of RNAV1 is a great achievement; for over 10 years we have been working with airlines, NATS and the CAA to look at ways track-keeping can be improved to help reduce the number of people over flown. The plan now, working with our neighbours, is to secure approval from the regulator, the CAA, to deploy the same GPS technology on the remaining arrival and departure routes at LLA.”