London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport was once called the Luton International Airport. At present, it is a busy international airport owned by the London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) under the Luton Borough Council. It is a public airport that is located about 1.5 miles east of Luton. Read ahead as we discuss this airport in detail.

Table of contents

➡️ Basic Information

➡️ About London Luton Airport

➡️ History of London Luton Airport

➡️ Flights and Destinations

➡️ Shopping at the Airport

➡️ Foods and Drinks

➡️ Transfers from London Luton Airport



Basic Information

Before we move into the details, let’s get our basics ready.

Airport Code: LTN

Airport Location: 56 kilometres (35 miles) north-west of central London

Airport Address: Airport Way, Luton LU2 9LY, United Kingdom

Contact Number: +44 1582 405100

Terminals: One terminal

Time Zone: GMT +0000, Greenwich Mean Time



About London Luton Airport

The IATA or airport code of this airport is LTN. This airport was opened in July 1938 and played a very important part in developing the package holiday business at one point. In 2019, the airport saw almost 18 million passengers.

When many low-cost scheduled flights were offered by EasyJet and Debonair at this airport, it brought about a good increase in passengers’ number. It was in November 1999 that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philips opened the £40 million terminal.

It is the fourth largest airport of the six major airports that are serving the London area. Luton Airport mostly offers routes to destinations within Europe. Some scheduled and charter routes are available to Northern Africa. These serve Asia as well.

This airport has a large, single runway. It moves from the east to the west and has a length of 2160 meters. It is also at an elevation of 526 ft. There are many airport facilities that are just to the north of this runway.

You will notice that the terminals and aprons in this airport have a unique layout. There will be about 60 stands available for aircrafts here. These can be found on the north side of the terminal building.

While the airport is public and owned by Luton Bourough Council, it is managed privately. This is by the London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL). The airport can also allow flights for flying instruction and public transport for passengers. This is enabled by the Civil Aviation Authority Public Use Aerodrome Licence that the London Luton Airport possesses. This is a Number P835 licence.


History of London Luton Airport

This airport has a long and colourful history. Read ahead as we discuss it as part of a brief timeline.

1938 to 1980

The Secretary of State for Air Kingsley Wood opened this airport on July 16, 1938. This airport was opened on a hill-top location and came with a 40m drop-off. It is situated at the runway’s western end.

Luton Airport was then known as the northern terminal for London. It was used by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. At this point, the No. 264 Squadron’s fighters were based here. Once the fight was done, the airport was returned yet again to the local council.

In 1952, a new control tower was opened, and the airport began operating commercially again. In the 1960s, this airport was also home to the first factory of Percival Aircraft. This was a British aviation company.

It was from the mid-1960s that executive jet operators began to be based at London Luton. When people began to travel abroad and the package holiday business began to pick up, Luton Airport was at the centre of the action.

In 1972, London Luton Airport had become the most profitable airport in the whole country.

1980 to 2000

In 1985, the Prince of Wales opened a new international terminal building at the airport. Along with this, automated baggage technology, a cargo centre, and air traffic control systems were worked upon in the following years.

It was in 1987 that the Luton Airport became a limited company. With this, Luton Borough Council became the sole shareholder. It was in 1990 that this airport was renamed to London Luton Airport. This clearly set its ties with the capital city of London.

The glass and aluminium terminal that was built in 1998 is an important development during these years.

The 2000s

The departure and arrival areas were developed again in 2004. This was part of a 10-month project at London Luton Airport. The departure hall opened for use in 2005. The boarding gates were also increased from 19 to 26.

In 2018, a three-year development plan for London Luton airport was launched. This cost about £160 million. The plan included the development of shops, boarding gates, and a boarding pier as well. The overall capacity was also to be increased by 50%.

Terminals and Facilities at London Luton Airport
There is just one two-storey passenger terminal building at London Luton Airport. This single terminal has gone through several rearrangements and expansions since its inception. There are 62 check-in desks on the ground floor of this building.

It also has a separate security screen hall. The departure lounge is located on the upper floor. Read ahead as we discuss the various facilities available at this airport.


Flights and Destinations

London Luton Airport caters to various destinations with many of the flights that it offers. Blue Air has Bacau as a destination. With EasyJet, the destinations include Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Alicante, Barcelona, Naples, Prague, and many others.

With Ryanair, you can go ahead and travel to Dublin, Malta, and Marrakesh. The seasonal destinations with this airline include Faro, Girona, and Fuerteventura. With Wizz Air, you can travel to Athens, Vienna, and Pristina, among other destinations.

The top three busiest routes from the airport are for Amsterdam, Bucharest, and Budapest.



Shopping at the Airport

Here are the places available if you want to shop at London Luton Airport.

Aelia Duty-Free: This is a duty-free shopping destination that will allow you to shop from some of the biggest brands in the world. You can get a gift for a friend or some bestselling brands at a good price.

Accessorize: This is a great place from where you can get your stylish bags and exciting jewellery. You will also find beachwear.

Glorious Britain: In this airport shop, you can look for some great souvenirs and mementoes as well. If you have forgotten to pick something to take back home, you can get your shopping done here.

Dixons Travel: This is one of the leading electrical stores at airports. You can go ahead and shop for a range of gadgets, including headphones, Apple Products, and cameras, among others.

Marks & Spencer Simply Food: You can get some delicious food of a great quality at the Marks & Spencer store. You can get some ready meals or just a simple sandwich as you prefer.

Boots: At this store, you can get a large variety of travel essentials, Suncare, healthcare, and many beauty products as well. You can pick from Soap, Glory, Obsession, and Rimmel, to name a few.

Hamleys: This is the largest and oldest chain store for toys in the world. With its presence at this airport, go ahead and shop for the best quality games and toys.

WHSmith: This is a shop at which you can get access to some excellent bestsellers. You can go ahead and read this on your flight or even as you simply lie by your pool.

International Currency Exchange: There is an International Currency Exchange (ICE) located at arrivals and before security as well.

In addition to this, there are many other shops at London Luton airport. You can go ahead and explore them.


Foods and Drinks

Here are a few joints and restaurants where you can satiate your hunger and get a drink.

Benugo: This is a premium chain of cafes and has an outlet at this airport. It has a warm atmosphere and serves some lovely sandwiches, breakfast items, coffee, and cakes as well.

Burger King: This popular joint is a great stop for some flame-grilled burgers made from beef. The place is quick to serve and does not compromise on quality either.

Auntie Annes: If you are craving some delicious pretzels, this is the place to approach. Get some pretzels with soft dough that is deliciously baked to a golden brown.

Fattorie Garofalo: If you are looking for some delicious Italian food, this place will give you some fresh and fine dishes. Opt for their baguettes, piadine, pizza, and salads, among other dishes.

Costa Coffee: This is a popular airport shop where you can enjoy some of the best coffees and a hot chocolate as well. You can even order some tea and sandwiches if you prefer.

Enrique Tomas: If Spanish food is on your mind, you can order some cheese and cured ham at this airport. You can also opt for wines at their extensive wine bar.

You can explore the other restaurant options at this airport.


Transfers from London Luton Airport

Here is how you can travel to London from London Luton Airport.


If you have a car parked for medium or long-term at the airport, you can drive to London. Use the M1 motorway and drive southwards towards London.


You can use the Luton Airport Parkway Railway Station to get to London by rail. The primary operator here is Thameslink. It will take you to Bedford, London, Albans, Gatwick Airport, Wimbledon, and Brighton as well.

The East Midlands Railway offer an hourly semi-fast service. This will also take you to London St. Pancras. It can also take you to Bedford, Corby, Loughborough, and Nottingham, among other locations.


You can directly get to London by using direct coach services. This includes the Green Line route 757, that is offered by Arriva Shires & Essex. You can also take the A1 which will take you to Victoria Coach Station in London.

You can also opt for EasyBus, which will take you to London’s Liverpool Street Station.