Airports can be green, and air travel could be cheaper in the future, but a scientist stated in an interview that a lot of money is needed first; Prof. Pericles Pilidis of Cranfield University in Bedfordshire believes new hydrogen-powered planes could be available in ten years. He suggested that expanding airports will be better for the environment in the long term. In the meantime, Luton Airport declared that its new rail link between the terminal and the railway station will lower emissions. According to Professor Pilidis of Cranfield University’s Power and Propulsion Department, zero-carbon hydrogen-powered aircraft would erase air travel’s environmental impact. When asked whether airport development might be environmentally beneficial, he said “yes” if the right expenditures are made.

According to the airport, this year will see the launch of a fresh new Direct Air-Rail Transit (DART) system that will link the airport terminal to the Luton Airport Parkway railway station, decreasing the airport’s carbon footprint. Luton Rising, the airport’s owner, hopes to increase passenger numbers to 32 million per year in the future. Green-controlled growth, according to Graham Olver, chief executive officer of Luton Rising, is the new framework for ensuring that environmental pledges are made during the airport’s expansion are followed.