Luton Airport Guide
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Your Complete Guide to Luton Airport

London Luton Airport is one of the five major international airports serving the London region in the United Kingdom. The airport’s name was recently changed from Luton International to London Luton in order to emphasize the relation of the airport to the city of London. It is located approximately 3 km, or 1.7 miles from the centre of the Borough of Luton, in Bedfordshire, and 57 km, or 35 miles north of central London. London Luton is the fourth largest airport serving London, and is also the fifth largest airport in the United Kingdom, with over eight million passengers per year. It is recognized by its official code of LTN, and has an ICAO code of EGGW. 

Luton serves mainly low-cost airline carriers, and is a base site for carriers such as Easyjet and Ryanair. The scheduled flight services are the most popular, being used by 95% of the passengers, while 5% make use of charter services. The majority of passengers are also on international flights (87%), and a smaller percentage on domestic flights. Low-cost services account for 85% of the airport’s activity, while 10% is recorded for full service flights. The most popular destinations served are Budapest, Warsaw, Dublin, Geneva, Glasgow, Malaga, Edinburgh and Amsterdam. In 2008, passenger numbers peaked at just over 10 million, but since then have declined, to just under 9 million per annum. However, it has shown considerable growth since 1997, with passenger figures increasing by 500,000 to a million with each passing year.

Easyjet, Thomson Airways and Wizz Air handle the greatest number of destinations along with Ryanair, one of the largest low-cost airline carriers in the world. Easyjet’s destinations include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Madrid, Hamburg, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Milan-Malpensa and Bordeaux, while Wizz Air offers flights to Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, Varna and Belgrade. Some of Ryanair’s destinations include Malta, Tenerife-South, Gran Canaria, Knock and Dublin. Other airline companies in operation include Blue Air, Flybe, Aer Arann, Monarch and Sun d’Or International Airlines.

London Luton dates back to July 1938, when Kingsley Wood officially opened the airport, the Secretary of State for Air. The Royal Air Force then made use of the airport as a base during World War II. After the Second World War, Luton resumed commercial activities, mostly in line with charter operations from airline companies such as Autair, or who were later known as Court Line, Euravia (Thomson Airways) and Monarch Airlines. During the earlier 1970’s, the airport was considered to be the most profitable in the country, but was set a little back by the closure of Clarksons and Court Line in 1974, due to bankruptcy. Clarksons was a major package holiday operator, and Court Line was their in-house airline carrier, which also operated bus services. Another setback was also suffered in later years, when Ryanair made Stansted their new base of operations.

During the 1980’s and 1990’s a couple of improvements and expansions took place. A new international terminal was opened in 1985, and there were also major development plans in place by 1997. In 1999, the airport had a new terminal building, constructed from glass and aluminum, and with 60 check-in desks and a wide range of passenger facilities. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip officially opened the new terminal. This terminal was build with an open and unused area on its first floor, which later become a new departure hall in 2005. Luton now has 26 boarding gates and a large boarding area. It is owned by the Luton Borough Council, but managed by the private company of London Luton Airport Operations Limited, or LLAOL.

The airport today has a single runway with a length of 2,160 meters, or 7,087 feet, and is equipped with a landing system that allows the airport to continue its operations in times of poor visibility. There are also stands available for sixty aircraft, a bus station, drop off area and taxi rank, all on the runway side of the terminal building, which can be considered as quite unusual. The headquarters of Easyjet are located in Hangar 89, or H89, along with the headquarters of Monarch Airlines and Thomson Airways, which are also located on the airport site. Management recently had plans to add a second runway and terminal building in order for further expansion, but the ideas were not approved yet due to concerns for noise pollution and traffic congestion. In July 2007, the owners of the airport announced that, due to financial reasons, developments of this nature would not proceed. It is however planned to lengthen the existing runway in order to facilitate aircrafts of a larger size.

London Luton is served by cargo airlines as well, for example, DHL, MNG Airlines and British Airways. The airport’s freight facilities are extensive, and are equipped to handle perishables and all general types of cargo, as well as express and courier services. At the end of 2010’s financial year, over 28,000 tons of freight was moved through the cargo area.

This airport in London is easily accessible from all regions in the country, and is particularly nearby the major M1 and M25 motorways. Motorists can also use the postcode of LU2 9QT, and the following coordinates on a satellite navigation system:  51°52′29″N 000°22′06″W or (– 51.86667, -0.36667). Passengers will find the terminal building to be modern, spacious and well equipped with facilities for disabled persons, Servisair VIP lounges, baby changing areas, currency exchange and banking facilities, Wi-Fi services, a chapel and multi-faith prayer room and numerous bars, shops and restaurants.

Below is a sample of routes flight times and Airlines that fly.

Destination Weekly Flights Distance
Malaga (AGP) 22 1,720 Km (1,069 Miles)
Glasgow (GLA) 22 519 Km (322 Miles)
Palma Mallorca (PMI) 22 1,390 Km (864 Miles)
Warsaw (WAW) 21 1,455 Km (904 Miles)
Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) 20 354 Km (220 Miles)
Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) 19 378 Km (235 Miles)
Edinburgh (EDI) 19 494 Km (307 Miles)
Faro (FAO) 18 1,756 Km (1,091 Miles)
Bucharest Baneasa (BBU) 18 2,110 Km (1,311 Miles)
Madrid (MAD) 18 1,291 Km (802 Miles)

Some of the busiest airlines that fly are easyJet, Wizzair and Ryanair between them they cover 67 of the total destination of 91. The busiest which is easyJet covers a total of 343 flights per week out of Luton and goes to 30 destinations. easyJet covers 48% of all outbound traffic movements out of London Luton. easyJet airline offers flights to Glasgow International, Amsterdam-Schiphol, Charles De Gaulle, Edinburgh, Barajas and Pablo Ruiz Picasso among others.

You can see below a selection of nonstop flights covered with approximate times

Airliner Destination Flight Time (Est)
easyJet Glasgow (GLA) 1 Hour 25 Minutes
easyJet Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) 1 Hour 3 Minutes
easyJet Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) 1 Hour 8 Minutes
easyJet Edinburgh (EDI) 1 Hour 24 Minutes
easyJet Madrid (MAD) 2 Hours 20 Minutes
easyJet Malaga (AGP) 2 Hours 50 Minutes

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