Luton Airport Imposes Aircraft Noise Restrictions that Impacts Business Aviation

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Luton Airport Imposes Aircraft Noise Restrictions that Impacts Business Aviation
London is a popular destination for general aviation operators, and there are many airports in the region to pick from. One of the destinations that many operators travel to is Luton (EGGW). Though EGGW is a 24-hour airport, authorities have now published upcoming night restrictions that will be imposed June 1 through September 30—and every subsequent summer period until further notice.

If you plan on operating to EGGW between June 1 and September 30 (and any future summer period), you need to be aware of the following:

  • No ad hoc movements – including general aviation, scheduled commercial, and maintenance flights – will be permitted 2200-0559 UTC
  • No night slots will be allotted to series flights 2200-0559 UTC
  • No revisions of existing confirmed slots from day time (0600-2159 UTC) to night time (2200-0559 UTC)
  • No non-emergency diversion flights will be permitted during 2200-0559 UTC
  • Effective summer period of 2019 and until further notice, aircraft with a value greater of QC1 will not be permitted to operate during the night time period

Furthermore, below you will find the day time noise restrictions that will start for this year’s summer season between June 1 and September 30:

  • No day time slots will be allotted to aircraft greater than QC1 0600-2159 UTC
  • No aircraft changes to confirmed slots that would involve replacing an aircraft with a QC value of 1 or less to an aircraft that exceeds that value during 0600-2159 UTC
  • No non-emergency diversion flights will be permitted 0600-2159 UTC

Due to the above restrictions, it’s important to consider alternates that will allow you to complete your critical missions. With that in mind, please consider the following recommendations:

  • Stansted (EGSS) airport – Note: only 10 night slots per week will be allotted between 2200-0559 UTC

Be advised that airports throughout the London area are imposing stricter noise restrictions that will affect operators with equipment exceeding the designated noise restrictions.


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Sean Raftery has more than 30 years of aviation experience, including over 20 with Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Based in Stansted, United Kingdom, Sean was an airman in the Royal Air Force where he worked in air traffic control and squadron operations. In 2002, he was appointed Managing Director of Universal Aviation U.K. – London-Stansted and in 2010 took on the additional responsibilities as Managing Director of Ireland as well. Under Sean’s leadership, Universal Aviation U.K. – London-Stansted and Universal Aviation Ireland, with FBO locations at Dublin and Shannon, have continued to grow and add new services, including the European Operations Centre and a new fuelling into plane business in Dublin. Sean has also been instrumental in Universal Aviation continuing to upgrade its facilities and recently led efforts in Dublin to relocate the location to a new, larger facility while in Stansted he oversaw the complete refurbishment of Universal Aviation U.K. – London-Stansted in time for the ’12 Games in London. Well respected within the business aviation industry, Sean has worked closely with government officials to develop and implement industry leading Health and Safety practices and was highly instrumental in influencing the U.K. government for fairer and better immigration procedures for visiting business jet passengers. Sean can be reached at

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