London Luton Airport
Luton Airport - LTN – Information for TravellersLondon Luton Airport is located in Bedfordshire, 35 miles from the London centre. It’s the fourth largest airport of the city and it’s a base of operations of a couple of airlines, including Easy Jet, Ryanair and Thomson Airways. Most departures from Luton are heading to European cities, but there are few to Asia and North Africa. To get to it, you should go north-east - take M25 motorway through M1 and exit 10 or drive on A1 trhough A505.
Opened in 1938, Luton was first used as the Royal Air Force airfield for fighter planes. After the war it was a cargo airport, but in the following years it also served as a base for Autair charter airlines. In 1980 the authorities decided to modernize and expand the airport because of the growing number of commercial flights. Thanks to the modernization, a terminal for international flights was built, baggage conveyor belt was installed, a brand-new control tower was erected and a better airspace monitoring system was installed. Furthermore, grassy runways were covered with concrete, lengthened and straightened. Better passenger connections were also devised – railways and roads were expanded and reached the airport, so travelers could get to London Luton using public transport. In later years the airport was upgraded further – a new, modern terminal was built in 1999. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip were present at its opening. At the beginning of 21st century London Luton expanded even further, another terminal was built and many contemporary amenities were added.
The airport is huge and well equipped. Information terminals can be found everywhere, thus you can quickly find all needed info about your flight. Smoking is completely restricted on the terminal premises. The only place where smoking is allowed is located in the building near the main airport entrance. The whole area was designed to make it wheelchair accessible. You can also find many stores and restaurants in the area. Free Wi-Fi is also provided. To get to the airport, you can take a train, a bus or a taxi. Taxi stop and car rental are located just before the main terminal. There are many types of car parks available: priority parking, short, medium and long-stop parking and a car park for handicapped.
Many interesting landmarks can be found around London Luton. Bog Ben, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Westminster Abbey are the most famous ones.
From or to Luton airport the most affordable and time-efficient way to travel is by airport taxi. The airport transfer with a saloon vehicle from/to Luton to/from Central London will cost you only £51. If you are on a company trip from Luton to Gatwick and Heathrow airports, the fare with executive cars will account for around £140 or £100, respectively. A saloon taxi to Bedford (£45), Milton Keynes (£51), St Albans (£25) and Dunstable (£25) will cost only a little but is the most convenient means of transportation. Get the most updated and instant taxi quotes using our taxi fare calculator: "Book online".
Need more information about the airport? Please visit the official website of London Luton Airport: http://www.london-luton.co.uk