London Luton Airport

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London Luton Airport
Luton airport.jpg

51 ° 52 ′ 29 "  N , 0 ° 22 ′ 6"  W Coordinates: 51 ° 52 ′ 29 "  N , 0 ° 22 ′ 6"  W.

Height above MSL 160 m (525  ft )
Transport links
Distance from the city center 3 km east of Luton , United Kingdom , 50 km northwest of London , United KingdomUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom 
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
Street M1
train East Midlands Railway / Thameslink
Local transport Bus :
National Express
Green Line
Basic data
opening July 16, 1938
operator London Luton Airport Operations Limited
Passengers 15,799,219 (2017)
Air freight 21,199 t (2017)
135,538 (2017)
Start-and runway
07/25 2160 m × 46 m asphalt

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The London Luton Airport ( IATA : LTN , ICAO : EGGW ; formerly Luton International Airport ) is an international airport in Luton , about 50 km northwest of London . The airport also serves the Luton agglomeration and is located in the Wigmore district. After Heathrow , Gatwick and Stansted, it is the fourth largest airport in the metropolitan area of ​​the British capital and is used almost exclusively by low-cost and charter airlines. EasyJet's head office is also located on the premises .

Location and transport links

There is a bus service to Luton Airport Parkway station , which is on the Thameslink route to London and connects St Pancras , City Thameslink, London Bridge and Gatwick Airport, among others . The journey time to St Pancras is around 30 minutes, but you need to allow extra time for the shuttle bus.

Intercity buses such as the National Express and Green Line connect the airport with the city center and the rest of London's airports . There is also a well-developed network of bus connections to other cities.


Development of the number of passengers at the airport

The airport was opened on July 16, 1938 by then Minister of Aviation, Kingsley Wood. During the Second World War it was used as a base for the Royal Air Force's fighter jets .

After the war, the airport was returned to the Luton City Council. This continued the operation; Airlines like Euravia (now Thomson Airways ) had their base there. In 1972 the airport was the most profitable in England. However, he suffered a serious setback in August 1974 when the Clarksons travel company, which also operated the Court Line airline , went bankrupt .

In the following 15 years the airport was renovated and in 1985 a new international terminal was added . At the time, Ryanair operated flights from Luton to Ireland . In 1990 the airport was renamed London Luton Airport . In 1991 Ryanair moved to Stansted, but returned a few years later with some flight connections. As a result, the airport initially lost its importance in the British transport network. This changed suddenly at the end of the 1990s when charter airlines such as Airtours International and the then new and now defunct low-cost airline Debonair and easyJet started from London-Luton. The new Luton Airport Parkway station was also built near the airport.

In August 2013, London-Luton was voted the airport with the lowest customer satisfaction in the country in a survey.

In the course of the same year, the airport was to change hands and in future be managed by a consortium led by the Spanish airport operator Aena .

Extensive renovation and expansion work ("Pier B") has been taking place since 2016.

Airlines and Destinations

Luton Airport is connected by several airlines, mostly low-cost carriers, with numerous destinations in Europe, with a focus on tourist routes. The main local airlines include easyJet , Wizz Air , Vueling and Ryanair .

From the German-speaking area, Luton is currently served by easyJet from Berlin-Schönefeld , Dortmund , Hamburg , Munich , Vienna , Innsbruck , Geneva , Basel and Zurich, among others .

Traffic figures

Source: London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport traffic figures 2010-2017
year Passenger volume Air freight ( tons ) Flight movements
2017 15,799,219 21.199 135,538
2016 14,551,837 25,464 131,536
2015 12.279.176 28,041 116,412
2014 10,500,132 27,500 103,928
2013 9,709,149 29.092 97,596
2012 9,630,969 29,663 98,732
2011 9,526,659 27,942 99.287
2010 8,751,598 28,785 95,604


  • On September 14, 1967, an Airspeed Ambassador ( aircraft registration G-ALZS ) from Autair rolled over the end of the runway after landing. The aircraft was written off as a total loss. All 69 occupants of the machine were uninjured.

public perception

  • London-Luton Airport regularly comes last in various rankings and is perceived by passengers as one of the worst airports in Europe.

See also

Web links

Commons : London Luton Airport  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Statistics., accessed January 14, 2018 .
  2. ^ Runway numbers change at London Luton., accessed on June 14, 2020 .
  3. a b - London Southend Airport is rated best in the UK (English) August 17, 2013
  4. ^ Accident report AS.57 Ambassador G-ALZS , Aviation Safety Network (English), accessed on January 28, 2016.
  5. Berliner Morgenpost - Berlin: Tegel Airport is one of the worst in the world . ( [accessed on May 9, 2018]).
  6. The most popular airports in Germany and Europe . In: - Webbosaurus GmbH . ( [accessed on May 9, 2018]).
  7. The best and worst airports at a glance - eDreams. Retrieved May 9, 2018 .