THE RAPID rise in budget flights to eastern Europe is blighting the lives of residents living under flight paths near Luton airport, it has been claimed.
Noisy Airbus A321s, the preferred aircraft of many budget carriers, have been flying as low as 4,000ft above people’s gardens in Hertfordshire, campaigners say.
It comes as the airport’s owner is trying to increase capacity from 18 to 36 million passengers a year from 2020, despite planning permission for 18 million passengers not due to expire until 2028.
Andrew Lambourne, of Ladacan, which campaigns for noise control at Luton, said residents should be compensated for the blight caused by the now-proposed 240,000 flights a year.
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