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Luton Airport

Airport Name – London Luton Airport
Offical Airport Code – LTN

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Luton, Bedfordshire

Although not to the same level as London Heathrow Airport or London Gatwick Airport, Luton still figures as one of the UK’s busiest International Airports (5th busiesst in the UK).

Luton Airport does not belong to one of the large airport industry bodies, it remains the property of Luton Borough Council and is operated and run by a private consortium known simply as London Luton Airport Operations Ltd who signed a deal to continue developing and operating the airport for the next 30 years.

London Luton Airport History

Opened 16 July 1938 and originally known as Luton Municipal Airport it has always been referred to as the London northern terminal.

In the sixties there was a lot of change for London Luton Airport as it played a very important part within the holiday tours business. During this time (1962) the biggest step forward for Luton Airport was the formation of a brand new charter airline Euravia (known afterward as Britannia Airways and more recently in 2004 to Thomsonfly and finally to the current name Thomson Airways who are now one of the world’s biggest charter airlines.

Another major step forward for Luton was the formation of Monarch Airlines in 1968.

From that point on Luton went from strength to strength.

Top Ten Destinations from Luton Airport

Budapest, Warsaw, Dublin, Geneva, Glasgow, Malaga Airport, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Paris and Bucharest

How to Get to Luton Airport

Being based just 32 miles north of central London, 25 miles from Milton Keynes, 90 miles from Birmingham and 50 miles from Oxford, Luton Airport offers a great alternative to some of the larger London airports.

Access by Road

From the East (and A1)

Go through Hitchin via the A505 and the airport is clearly signposted from this point onwards


From Dunstable just follow the many signs to Luton Airport

From M40 / M25 motorways follow until the M25 junction 21 and the join the M1 and exit at junction 10. Then follow the signs for Luton Airport.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates for London Luton Airport


Getting to Airport by Train

Thameslink and First Capital Connect run services to and from Luton Parkway (the closest station to Luton Airport). Journey time from central London is around 25 minutes. East Midlands Trains also run a service from London to Luton Airport with journey times of around 21 minutes.

© 2013 Airport Information Guide +PJ Lopez

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