London Luton Airport

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London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport is an international airport located in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, situated 1.5 miles east of the town centre, and 28 miles north of Central London.

The airport is owned by London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL), a company wholly owned by Luton Borough Council, and operated by London Luton Airport Operations Ltd (LLAOL).

An airport was opened on the site on 16 July 1938. During the Second World War, the airport was used by fighters of the Royal Air Force. Commercial activity and general aviation flight training at Luton resumed during 1952. By the 1960s, Luton Airport was playing a key role in the development of the package holiday business; by 1969, a fifth of all holiday flights from the UK departed from Luton Airport. From the mid-1960s, executive aircraft have been based at the airport. During the late 1970s, an expansion plan was initiated at Luton to accommodate as many as 5 million passengers per year, although the airport experienced a reduction in passenger numbers in the 1980s. In 1990, the airport was renamed London Luton Airport to re-emphasise the airport’s proximity to the capital.

The arrival of new operators at Luton during the 1990s, such as charter operator MyTravel Group and new low-cost scheduled flights from Debonair and EasyJet, contributed to a rapid increase in passenger numbers that made it the fastest growing major airport in the UK. In August 1997, to fund an £80 million extension of the airport, a 30-year concession contract was issued to a public-private partnership consortium, London Luton Airport Operations Limited. Throughout the 1990s, £30 million was invested in Luton’s infrastructure and facilities. In November 1999, a new £40 million terminal was opened by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip; the new building houses 60 check-in desks, baggage and flight information systems and a range of commercial outlets. During 2004/5, the departure and arrivals lounges and other facilities were redeveloped at a cost of £38 million.

The airport serves as a base for EasyJet, TUI Airways, Ryanair and Wizz Air. The vast majority of the routes served are within Europe, although there are some charter and scheduled routes to destinations in Northern Africa and Asia.

Airport News

Wizz Air Celebrates 70 Million Passengers Milestone at London Luton Airport

Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest-growing and most environmentally sustainable airline globally[1], today celebrates over 70 million passengers who have travelled to London Luton Airport (LLA). The milestone 70 millionth passenger was welcomed on a flight from Tirana …

London Luton Airport highlights top 10 travel trends for 2024

‘Swiftie Stays, ‘Destination Dupes’, and ‘Sistermoons’ are amongst the top travel trends to look out for this year as confidence returns to the travel market Travellers are willing to follow their favourite artist on tour …

London Luton Airport wins mental health and wellbeing award

London Luton Airport (LLA) has been recognised for its approach to promoting the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing across its workforce.  LLA’s Health and Safety team received the prestigious ‘Best Approach to Mental Health …

Wizz Air Resumes Route from London Luton to Moldova

Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest growing and most environmentally sustainable airline globally*, today announces a resumption of the route from London Luton Airport to Chisinau in Moldova. The airline will reconnect the Moldovan capital with London with the move …

Wizz Air to Switch All Luton-Based Aircraft to Airbus A321neo by 2025

Wizz Air, Europe's fastest-growing and most environmentally sustainable airline globally*, will make its entire aircraft fleet at London Luton Airport (LLA) Airbus A321neo by 2025. Wizz Air has 11 aircraft stationed at its base in London …

London Luton Airport hosts accessibility day

London Luton Airport (LLA) and easyJet have hosted an accessibility familiarisation day, providing passengers with both hidden and visual disabilities with an opportunity to experience all aspects of the airport’s end-to-end passenger journey.  Underlining London Luton …

London Luton Airport hosts The King

The people of London Luton Airport (LLA) gave His Majesty King Charles III an enthusiastic welcome on his first visit to Bedfordshire as monarch The King travelled on the newly built Direct Air-Rail Transit (DART) between …

Award success for London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport (LLA) has been recognised for its commitment to delivering exceptional customer service at the 2022 UK Customer Experience Awards held at Wembley Stadium. LLA and customer experience partner, Ethos Farm, were presented with …

London Luton Airport to host supplier event

London Luton Airport (LLA) is hosting a networking event for local suppliers looking to get advice on bidding for contracts at the airport. The event will take place at Putteridge Bury Conference Centre on Tuesday 8th …


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