Anger as flight paths to Luton Airport take a dip over Linslade

Embargoed to 0001 Monday March 14 File photo dated 21/04/10 of a plane leaving Newcastle Airport as the number of travel companies and tour operators that have closed down has risen by 45\% over the last year. PPP-140415-133036001
Embargoed to 0001 Monday March 14 File photo dated 21/04/10 of a plane leaving Newcastle Airport as the number of travel companies and tour operators that have closed down has risen by 45\% over the last year. PPP-140415-133036001

A Linslade man has taken a swipe at Luton Airport over the flight paths that cross the skies above his home.

John Rimington believes too many flights returning to the airport are taking a diversion over Linslade, due to controllers allegedly ignoring recommended procedure to fly just south of the town.

And the real problem, he says, is the noise pollution given off by the aircraft.

Mr Rimington, of Golden Riddy, said: “At times the planes are arriving every few minutes and the noise pollution is frequent, especially now during the summer holiday season.

“These planes are coming directly over us at a height which emits a disturbing engine noise level which can clearly be heard indoors even when we have all the doors and windows shut.”

In response to Mr Rimington’s complaint, a Luton Airtport spokesman confirmed strong winds had caused a few easterly routes into the airport flying over Linslade.

She said: “Aircraft are required to take off and land into the wind. During easterly operations, the Leighton Buzzard and Linslade area will be impacted to a far greater degree by Luton arrivals.”

In spite of this, the spokesman insisted easterly routes to Luton Airport over Linslade made up around only 30% of journeys.

A sample of daily air traffic, showing easterly and westerly flight paths over the town, was submitted by the airport to Mr Rimington, who rejected its contents.

He said: “I am able to observe the flight paths of incoming planes, nearly all of which are routinely vectored noisily over the central area of the town.”