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London Luton Airport, England
London Luton Airport (IATA: LTN) is one of the six airports serving London and located about 47 km (29 miles) north of Central London. It is the fourth busiest airport serving the London area and the fifth busiest in the UK, handling nearly 16 million passengers in 2017. The majority of the international flights are within Europe with a couple of scheduled and charter flights to destinations in Northern Africa. Luton Airport is a single two-storey passenger terminal building. The arrivals area as well as check-in and security screening are on the lower floor while the departure area is on the upper floor. Ground transport from Luton Airport includes coaches, trains, minicabs and car rentals.
Airlines & Flights
Most flights at Luton Airport are scheduled and seasonal flights operated by low-cost airlines. The airport operates as a base for EasyJet, TUI Airways and Ryanair. Hungary’s Wizz Air also operates at Luton Airport as its British base. In addition, British airlines EasyJet and Thomson Airways have their head offices at the airport. Other airlines operating at Luton Airport include Blue Air, El Al, Fly KISS, TAROM, Transavia France and Vueling.
Internationals flights at Luton Airport are mostly within Europe but there are a few scheduled and seasonal flights between Morocco (Essaouira and Marrakesh). Connections on the domestic routes include Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Isle of Man and Jersey. Many flights depart early in the morning and therefore advisable to arrive extra early – some passengers even sleepover at the terminal before their early morning flight.
You can enjoy 4 hours of free Wi-Fi internet access throughout Luton Airport. There’s a charge of £3 per hour if you need to stay connected longer or prefer faster download speed. International Currency Exchange (ICE) operates a foreign currency exchange desk where you can change a wide range of foreign currencies including the euro and US dollar. ICE also operates cash machines (ATMs) that dispense pound sterling and euro currency notes.
There are restaurants, cafes, takeaways and fast food outlets located on the lower and upper floors of the terminal. Food outlets include Burger King, Starbucks, Frankie & Benny’s, Food Village and Pizza e Pronto. For some last minute shopping, there’s a great selection of shops for your travel and holiday essentials on both floors of the terminal. Other facilities at Luton Airport include an Executive Lounge and a multi-faith prayer room in the departure area after security.
A free shuttle bus service connects Luton Airport with Luton Airport Parkway (5 mins). The station serves trains on the Midland Main Line operated by Thameslink and East Midlands Trains. Travelling south, the trains stop at St Pancras International in Central London, Gatwick Airport and finally arrive at the seaside resort of Brighton. Travelling north, the trains stop at Bedford, Leicester, Derby and finally Nottingham.
National Express, Green Line and EasyBus operate frequent coach (long distance bus) services to Central London. National Express also operates coaches to other destinations including Northampton, Oxford, Cambridge, Stansted Airport, Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport. For taxis, head to the Addison Lee office at the airport to hire a mini cab. Car rental companies at Luton Airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.