Luton Airport tops table for ‘next-generation’ aircraft

Aerial view of London Luton Airport
Photo Credit: Luton Airport

London Luton Airport (LLA) has topped the tables for the most next generation aircraft this summer than any other major European airport.

Data gathered from aviation intelligence and data specialist RDC Aviation, shows that between April and August 2023, more than a third (33.5%) of all flights from LLA were operated using Airbus neo or Boeing Max variants, reducing emissions by up to 20%.

Net Zero carbon commitment

Alberto Martin, Chief Executive Officer at London Luton Airport, commented: “The analysis from leading aviation data provider RDC, highlights the significant strides that London Luton Airport is making as we look to work more sustainably with airlines.”

“As well as our own commitment to achieve Net Zero carbon for our own airport emissions by 2040, we are working closely with our airlines to reduce their emissions and the agreements secured this year with easyJet, Ryanair and Wizz represent important milestones in our sustainable aviation strategy.”

Photo: London Luton Airport from the sky. Photo Credit: London Luton
Photo: London Luton Airport from the sky. Photo Credit: London Luton


Yvonne Moynihan, Corporate and ESG Officer at Wizz Air, added: “We are already leading in sustainability, operating the youngest fleet in Europe¹ in the most efficient way.”

“London is an important market for Wizz Air and we are confident that fleet renewal is a key solution available here and now to reduce emissions from aviation. Currently, the newest and more fuel-efficient Airbus A321neo accounts for over 60% of our total fleet at London Luton Airport.”

“Replacing older generation aircraft with newer technology is part of our long-term fleet renewal strategy to reduce carbon intensity by 25% by 2030. As LLA’s largest operator we are delighted to work on finding new and innovative solutions that help us to reach our targets together, collectively as an industry.”

The data shows that the increase in next generation aircraft accounted for 33.52% of total departures from LLA, ahead of second place Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport and third placed Lisbon Airport.

Milan Orio Al Serio and Athens Eleftherios Venizelos follow, making up the top five; solid backing to the claim that LLA tops the table for ‘next-generation’ aircraft movements.

For further information on London Luton Airport’s plan to achieve net zero in its emissions³ by 2040, please click here.

Airport Carbon Accreditation for Luton

Just last month Mr Martin spoke of their achievement of reaching Level 4 of the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme. Luton is only the third major airport in the UK to achieve this accreditation.

London Luton Airport is committed to sustainable aviation and achieving the highest level of the ACA programme1* is a significant milestone, demonstrating our commitment to minimising the environmental impacts of the airport.”

“LLA has taken important steps to set an ambition to be Net Zero in its carbon emissions by 2040. However, we recognise there is still a great deal of work to be done, continuing to demonstrate our focus on delivering on our sustainability commitments for our passengers, industry and local community.”

As a Level 4 accredited airport, LLA has demonstrated that it is ‘transforming its operations to achieve carbon reductions in line with global climate goals’. This achievement also highlights LLA’s commitment to working with key airport partners to reduce their emissions at the airport too.

  1. Without the use of offsetting ↩︎

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