Luton Rising is a business and social enterprise that is owned by a sole shareholder, Luton Council, for community benefit, not private shareholders. Our largest asset is London Luton Airport, and we are proud that we are owners of by far the most socially impactful airport in the country, supporting and improving lives across the communities we serve. We make a major economic contribution to our local region, and aim to be one of the greenest airports.
Pre-pandemic, 18 million passengers chose our airport to connect with over 127 destinations in 37 countries. We are the UK’s fifth largest airport and our plans for an additional terminal will create 12,000 new jobs and an additional £1.6bn in economic activity.
We are the UK’s most socially impactful airport and have given over £155 million in philanthropy to local community projects. For every passenger travelling through our airport, 53p is invested directly in the local community: 20 times that of any other UK airport.
Our Sustainability and Net Zero Strategies and our emerging Green Controlled Growth approach to expansion, make, we believe, some of the most far-reaching commitments to minimising environmental impact ever put forward by a UK airport.
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Two years ago, Farida was keen to get a new career under way after having a family. Having previously worked in retail management, she wanted to use her excellent organisational skills.
Farida was interested in construction but didn’t know how to find an entry point. The answer arrived via our pioneering Luton DART project.
Teenager Jen* became aware that she was different to her friends and that they no longer wished to hang around with her. She was socially awkward and no longer seemed to fit in.
When her mum discovered Autism Bedfordshire and its evening social group Wanted Fun, she described it as “a godsend”.
From 8 February until 4 April, Luton Rising held a statutory consultation on the long-term proposals to increase the capacity of the airport to 32 million passengers per year, by building a new terminal and making the best use of the existing runway.