Introduced on the 20th August 2015, RNAV1 technology aims to reduce noise disturbance and emissions for the local area. This new technology relies on GPS to enable flights to fly routes more precisely and draw them away from more crowded areas.
This new technology has been in development for over ten years, and will now mean a 79% reduction in the number of people who have aircraft fly over them in the area, according to the trail run in 2013.
It is currently only used on Westerly routes leaving Luton on the Match/Detling path but the hope is now to roll it out to the other arrival and departure routes. MP for Luton South Gavin Shukar claimed that London Luton is setting the standard for noise regulation in the UK. This is a pretty big deal at a time when the war wages on between London Gatwick and London Heathrow over a third runway and how their noise and emissions may impact this decision.
This announcement comes as good news for the London airport that saw over 10 million passengers in 2014 and hopes to see even more in 2015, with an aim to reach 18 million by 2026.