Plans to expand Luton Airport are “reckless and irresponsible” at a time when the UK should be reducing air travel, opponents have said.

Owners London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL) want to build a second terminal and increase passenger numbers to 32 million a year by 2039.

A second consultation, which opens to the public today, includes plans for a third stop for the Luton DART train.

The airport said environmental impact remained an “absolute priority”.

A spokesman said an additional £14m a year would be made available for “noise insulation schemes” for local communities, the airport would retain a single runway, and there were “no plans” to increase the number of night flights.

However, opponents said the plans “demonstrate commercial gain at any price”.

Andrew Lambourne, of Luton and

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