Airport Guide to Luton (LTN)

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Luton Airport is the fourth largest airport serving the London Greater Area. In 2014 it served around 10.5 million passengers. Recent investments will see a new multi-story carpark being built near the terminal, along with a new executive lounge, security area. New destinations including New York, Copenhagen and Vienna are expected to be added to the route selection during 2016. Currently around 13 passenger airlines fly in and out of the airport, with new airlines to begin services in 2016.

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General Information
Most Popular Airlines
Most Popular Routes
To and From the Airport
Checking-In
Amenities
Facilities


Luton Airport General Information

  • Contact Info: +44 (0)1582 405100
  • Distance from London: 35 miles
  • Number of airlines: Approximately 13 passenger airlines
  • Number of destinations served: 103
  • Number of terminals: 1
  • Number of runways: 1

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To and From the Airport

The Borough of Luton lies about 1.7 miles west of the airport and can be accessed by all major forms of public transport. Bus and coach facilities can also carry passengers to London around 35 miles south of the airport.

Rail
Bus and Coach
Taxis
Uber
Parking Fees

Rail

A shuttle bus runs from the airport to Luton Airport Parkway train station every 10 minutes between 5 am and mid-night, the trip taking about 10 minutes and costs £2.00.

From Luton Airport Parkway regular rail services to central London take about 25 minutes. Other destinations include the South Coast, the Midlands and Northern England. Depending on departure time and class, the fares to London range between £15.50 and £24.50

The airport site offers this convenient tool that allows passengers to enter their destination and departure time from the airport.

Bus and Coach

The National Express line serves the airport, with buses running every half hour to Victoria Station at £11 for adults. The journey to London city centre takes around one and a half hours during busy times. You can book your tickets online here.

Taxis

Licensed Hackney Carriages operate a 24-hour, 365 day service from the rank directly outside the terminal building. Each taxi can carry up to five passengers (some can carry up to eight). All are able to take wheelchair passengers. To London City Centre, expect to pay around £76 or more depending on traffic conditions. The journey takes about an hour or more. You can book a taxi here.

Uber

An Uber fare from Lutton Airport to central London will cost between £41 and £55, taking roughly as long as a taxi journey depending on traffic conditions.

Parking Fees

If you plan to drive to the airport, long stay parking fees start from £3.19 a day. Short, Mid and Long Term low-cost options are also available. Passengers can use the online form here to determine the parking fee.  There is also a meet and greet parking option available.


Checking-In

Terminal Information
Liquids
Baby Milk and Medicine
Electronic Passport Exit

Terminal Information

Airline Ticket desks and Handling Agent desks are located in the Check-In Concourse. You’re allowed to take electrical items (like laptops and hair dryers) in your hand baggage, but they have to be removed and screened separately. If you are carrying a laptop in a case, this will count as your one item of hand baggage.

Liquids

Liquids may only be carried in containers holding 100ml or less. They must be carried separately in a single plastic bag which is:

  • Transparent and resealable
  • No larger than 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in)
  • Able to close properly with all the items inside

Liquids in containers over 100ml will not be permitted through security. You will need to pack them in your hold baggage instead.

Baby Milk and Medicine

  • If you are travelling with a baby or infant, an exception to the above rule will apply, but you can carry only what you need for your journey.
  • The same applies to liquid medication – you can only carry what you need during the course of your flight. All medication should be accompanied by documentary proof of authenticity, such as a prescription or letter from a doctor.
  • Liquid medication that is not required on the flight should be carried as hold luggage.

Electronic Passport Exit

If you have a new biometric ‘chipped’ passport, you can use the automated ePassport gates instead of having your passport checked by a Border Force officer. This means you can avoid the queues and get through passport control more quickly.

You can use the gates if you are a passport holder of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) – including the UK – or Switzerland; and if you have the EEA chip logo on your passport.

You cannot use the gates with a national identity card. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are not members of the European Union (EU) but citizens of these countries have the same rights to enter, live in and work in the United Kingdom as EU citizens.


Amenities

Wi-Fi and Internet
Plug Stations and Charging
Cafés, Restaurants Bars
Lounges
Playrooms
Smoking Lounge
Prayer Rooms
Shopping and Duty Free
Sleeping Pods

Wi-Fi and Internet

Free WiFi is available at London Luton Airport for 30 minutes. Additional time can be purchased for £3 per hour. In Settings, select “WiFi” and choose “Luton Airport WiFi” from the list of network names. Launch your web browser and the Welcome Page will appear.

Internet kiosks are also available at Spectrum on both landside and airside.

Plug Stations and Charging

Live sockets are available before and after security. They are compatible with UK and European plugs and are free to use.

Cafés, Restaurants Bars

Eateries can be found in all terminals. For more information on dining and drinking at Luton Airport please click here.

Lounges

The terminal offers an executive lounge run by Aspire where passengers can receive spa treatments and select from a range of snacks, meals and beverages. It is located next to Accessorize within the main terminal. Work and sleeping pods are also available. Prices for lounge access are around £22.99. You can obtain a quote here.

Playrooms

Luton Airport does not have a play area but there’s an amusement arcade in the departure lounge.

Smoking Lounge

Luton is a smoke-free airport, although smoking is permitted in designated areas outside the terminal building. The use of electronic cigarettes indoors is also prohibited.

Prayer Rooms

The Airport has a chapel which is located close to the main terminal building, next to Bus Bay 10. It is open from 0400 hours until 2300 hours. A short Christian Service (Roman Catholic / Communion / Informal) is normally held each Wednesday at 1300 hours. Services on a Sunday are normally only during the summer season or on special occasions and holy days.

An Islamic Prayer service takes place on Friday at 1300 hours. There is also an air-side Multi-Faith Prayer Room situated adjacent to Gate 20.

Shopping and Duty Free

Click here for more information of Luton Airport’s shopping opportunities and their locations at the airport.

There is also a free Shop & Collect service at participating stores in the Departure Lounge where purchases can be collected on your return at the new Aelia Arrivals shop located after baggage reclaim.

Sleeping Pods

Are available in the executive lounge operated by Aspire.


Facilities

Toilets
Showers
Assisted Travelling Through Terminals
Lost and Found
Luggage Trolleys
Nearby Hotels

Toilets

Toilets can be found throughout the terminal building and all have disabled facilities.

Showers

None.

Assisted Travelling Through Terminals

If you require special assistance, you will need to pre-book this service with your airline or tour operator at least 48 hours before departure or arrival at Luton Airport.

You should also tell your airline if you intend to take your own electric mobility aid. There is a Special Assistance Help Desk in Departures fitted with an induction loop. If you need to take liquid medication in your hand luggage, this will be screened using specific equipment.

Lost and Found

Lost Property is managed by Excess Baggage Company and is located at the far end of the Check In Concourse, opposite Bar Des Voyageurs. For inquiries about items lost on airport premises, or at Security, you will need to call 01582 809174 or click here to log an inquiry at www.lostproperty.org.

Note that lost property is only retained for three months. If your item is found, you will need to provide identification in the form of a passport or photographic driving license and a repatriation fee will apply.

Luggage Trolleys

Luton Airport offers trolleys that are readily available from vending points located around the Airport. The fee is £2 per trolley (or €2 per trolley) and is non-refundable. All vending points accept credit cards, debit cards and coins.

Nearby Hotels

There are a number of different Hotel near-by to Luton Airport.

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Airport Guide to Luton (LTN) was last modified: April 7th, 2016 by Oonagh Shiel
Author: Oonagh Shiel (3402 posts)

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