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Location – About 30 miles to the north-west of central London is the sleepy town of Luton, Bedfordshire. Regardless of the somber mood of the town, the fourth largest airport serving London market is the Luton airport. The location of the airport is semi-urban and this has contributed to the 88% of passengers flying on scheduled services in 2004.

Know your Airport - New airlines and numerous new routes have driven passenger numbers up to 7.5 million passengers per year. London Luton Airport was formally opened on 16 July 1938 as "Luton Municipal Airport" by the then Secretary of State for Air. Between years 1992 and 1996, almost £30 million was invested in the airport infrastructure and upgradation of services. Very recently plans have been put to use to relocate security, customs and immigration facilities. London Luton Airport employs almost 500 people directly. The Airport is one of the major economic forces in the regional economy of Bedfordshire.  

Airport Structure

  Terminals – There is one terminal at Luton airport. A major expansion of the new terminal building was opened in July 2005.

Transit systems
– A new railway station, Luton Airport Parkway, has been built to serve the airport. A free shuttle bus also connects the airport. The railway station is just over a mile from the airport terminal buildings. Since there only one terminal at Luton, no public transit system has been developed for movement inside the airport. Stairs, escalators and walkways are the only systems which prevail.

Inside the terminals
– Passengers are advised that London Luton Airport operates a "silent terminal" policy. This effectively means that flight announcements are no longer made in the departure lounge. All the information regarding flights is displayed on information screens throughout the lounge area. The passengers are expected to keep an eye on the screens for information. The check-in desks are located along the length of the terminal wall opposite the entrance and exits. Departure Lounges and Arrivals Meeting Point are accessed through the walkway from the main terminal building. For international flights the check in is 2 hours prior to departure. For all European flights, the check in time is also the same. Local or domestic passengers can opt for check in just 1 hour before departure. Please remember that hand baggage of a maximum weight of 5 - 7 kilos is allowed. Most of the airlines have a hand baggage measurement estimate at check-in. apart from all this; London Luton Airport offers passengers a wide range of facilities inside the terminal to ensure that the stay at airport is enjoyable.

Safety - Till date, there have been very few security breaches in Luton Airport. Safety has always been the topmost priority on the minds of its authorities. Elaborate but hassle-free security arrangements are in place. Travelers are requested not to carry items like scissors, blades, knives, needles and even pool cues/darts. The security policy for cylinders, magnets, fire-lighters, poisons and radioactive materials etc. are is very strict.

Business facilities
– The business class facilities at Luton are in a league of their own. There are many good lounges in the airport which offers professional hospitality. The lounges offer a selection of beverages and drinks, while the business traveler uses the internet/telephone/fax services available. The lounges are available for use by both domestic and international passengers. Passengers who want to avoid the rush at other lounges can win back their peace of mind by staying in the lounges. Standard business facilities are on offer at Luton. The services are flexible to the demands of the small-town business traveler to the corporate biggie. Click here to know more.

Family interests
– The travelers and their families can have good time at Luton airport. There are shopping options like Whistlestop Grocery store, World News, Impulse, Sock Shop and Tie Rack etc. the baby changing facilities are inside the toilets. Unique baby care rooms, equipped with changing tables, nappy dispensers and other essential equipment are also available for passengers. Just on entry, there are two information kiosks at the right. Keep in touch with your relatives and family by using the postal services at the airport. For children, Luton entertainment games grid can be found inside the terminal. There is also a children's play area in the departures area between the customer service desk and the departure gates. It is for children aged 2 to 6 years. While mothers change their babies, men can make good use of the meeting point, coffee shops in the right of the Departures hall entrance. Special menus for children are available in all the airport restaurants. Baby food is free. There is an Airport Prayer Centre which welcomes people of all faiths.

  Special service – There are excellent facilities for those who have special needs. There is a designated accessible door for disabled travelers. There are special toilets for them in the toilet bays. Wheelchairs can be collected free of charge from separate collection points. There are even lowered payphones fitted with inductive couplers and touch screen facilities. Equipment to assist disabled travelers from boarding and alighting from the aircraft itself are available. Designated disabled accessible bays are available in all car parks. The charges are at par with normal prices. Normal prices apply for each car park. There is also a special assistance help point where disabled travelers can call for free assistance.

Parking options
– Good parking options are limited in Luton airport. There are however options like mid-term parking, express parking, valet parking are available. Long-term parking options are the best.

Extra information
- The single runway at Luton handles as much as 18 fixed-wing airlines. More airlines are making Luton a regular fare in their routes. In addition to that many charter operators like Thomsonfly, First Choice Airways, Monarch Airlines, Sun Express, and Thomas Cook Airlines also use the services of the airport. EasyJet has made Luton airport its local hub. Luton is also a favorite with big cargo operators like DHL and Streamline. Nowadays, many business jets are frequently transporting visitors to London Luton Airport.

Leaving from Luton airport – There are many options to leave the airport. There is a regular 24 hour service to central London which takes only 25 minutes with Luton Airport Express. There are Thameslink and Midland Mainline trains that connect travelers with London, the South coast and the Midlands. For travelers who love traveling by bus, there are coach pick up and drop off points situated in front of the terminal building. London Luton Airport is also served by frequent local bus services connecting the airport and the adjacent areas. Car hire services, taxis and other forms of transit options are also available from the airport.

- There is International Currency Exchange with two cash dispensers. There are many public telephones scattered in the airport. There is a special assistance phone at the entrance of the terminal.

Airlines operating from Luton Airport

  The prominent airlines that are operating from Luton airport are Aer Arann, Air Turquoise, British Airways, BA Connect, easyJet, Flybe, Helios Airways, Helvetic Airways, Monarch Scheduled, Ryanair, Thomsonfly, Wizzair etc.

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