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Luton Airport flight tracks
Flight tracks at Luton Airport fall into two completely different patterns depending on whether the wind is coming from the west or the east . This is because aircraft always take off and land into the wind. In the UK, westerly winds prevail, typically occurring around 70% of the time on average, though weather patterns may be altering due to Climate Change. The position and direction of aircraft in the sky, and the noise on the ground, will be completely different depending on the wind direction. Our track diagrams will help you work out what’s going on.
The illustrations below show the typical tracks followed by commercial aircraft below 7,000ft as they arrive at or depart from Luton Airport. (Bear in mind that other flights to and from Stansted, Heathrow and London City also affect this area.) The tracks are coloured to indicate the airline (eg mauve=Wizz, orange=easyJet, green=RyanAir). The caption beneath each picture explains what’s happening.