Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Yesterday in Parliament, Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, urged Transport Minister, Alistair Darling, to ignore the threat of legal action by Luton Airport and to accept that there is huge opposition locally to the over-expansion of the airport to the size of Gatwick.

    Peter Lilley said: “At Transport Questions yesterday, I urged Alistair Darling to ignore the threat by Keith Brooks, the head of TBI which operates Luton Airport, to sue the government if Luton Airport is frozen out of plans to expand air services in the South East.

    “I asked the Minister to accept that there continues to be massive local opposition to over-expansion of the airport to the size of Gatwick and pointed out that there are no direct rail links to the airport, and that the overflying stacked above it means that it will be less safe than the other options he is considering.

    “I reminded him that the airport is closed more frequently than any other airport serving London because of weather conditions, and that on the government‘s own calculations, development is the least cost-effective of the airport is the least cost-effective option of all those he is considering.”