Short and medium term recommendations laid out in the interim report of the airport Commission need to be implemented as quickly as possible, according to Luton airport.

The Bedfordshire airport said it was “hugely encouraged” that its plans to unlock additional capacity and grow to 18 million passengers a year were in line with the commission’s thinking.

The commission backs a range of road and rail improvements to improve access at Luton, including already approved enhancements to Junction 10A of the M1 motorway and the improved Thameslink rail franchise from London, due to begin in September 2014.

Luton also welcomed the suggested creation of an Independent Aviation Noise Authority by the commission led by Sir Howard Davies.

“With a package of mitigation measures submitted as part of our plans to improve the airport we are well placed to achieve the report’s recommendations of delivering a balance between aviation growth and noise control,” the airport said.

Managing director Glyn Jones said: “We welcome Sir Howard’s recommendations for immediate action which are in line with the thinking from our own planning application to unlock existing capacity at London Luton.

“Along with the work we are already doing to improve surface access and mitigate noise, we view the commission’s report as a green light for London Luton to press ahead with our development plans which go before Luton Borough Council’s planning committee on Friday.”