London Luton Airport (LTN) owner Luton Rising has submitted an application for a development consent order (DCO) to the UK’s Planning Inspectorate.

The application is to obtain consent for the expansion of LTN from its permitted cap of 18 million passengers per annum (mppa) to 32mppa, including new terminal capacity.

It is also seeking permission for new airside and landside facilities, as well as earthworks to extend the current airfield platform.

Luton Rising also intends to enhance the surface access network and Luton DART (direct air-rail transit).

The DCO also includes permits for landscaping and ecological improvements, in addition to further infrastructure enhancements, which will help in reaching the 2040 goal for zero-emission ground operations.

It also outlines improved noise insulation plans.

The company estimates that the phased growth could see an additional £1.5bn of economic activity and more than 10,000 new jobs across the UK.

Luton Rising added that its initiatives would support its unique community funding programmes and Luton’s 2040 Vision.

The plans include community funding proposals that could provide £14m annually across Luton and neighbouring areas.

This proposal was included in the DCO after consultation exercises that were undertaken during 2018, 2019, and 2022.

Luton Rising CEO Graham Olver said: “We’re pleased to bring forward these proposals for the expansion of London Luton Airport – we aim to enhance economic activity in and around Luton, provide numerous community benefits, and make the airport a leader in sustainable aviation.

“We now wait in anticipation for the Inspectorate’s decision as to whether we proceed to the examination stage of the DCO process.”