London Luton Airport

  •  Last updated on 5 Oct 2023

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London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport is one of the largest airports in the United Kingdom and serves as an important hub for millions of business and leisure passengers every year. Its IATA airport code is LTN.

History of London Luton (LTN)

The airport was opened in 1938, originally as a municipal airport for the town of Luton. During World War II, it was used by the Royal Air Force as a base for fighter squadrons. After the war, the airport was returned to civilian use and has since undergone several expansions and upgrades to become the bustling airport it is today.

Getting to/from Luton airport (LTN)

The airport in Luton is situated 35 miles / 56 km north of Central London. To reach the airport from London, several transportation options are available. A popular choice is taking a direct express train from London St Pancras International station to Luton Airport Parkway station, which is located near the airport. From there, a shuttle bus or taxi can be used to get to the terminal building. Another option involves using a coach or bus service, which provides frequent departures from various locations in London to Luton Airport. Additionally, for those preferring a private transfer, taxis or car services can be hired to offer a direct journey from any location in London to Luton Airport.


LTN London Luton Airport is equipped with a single terminal where both domestic and international flights are handled. Passengers can easily find the departure area, complete check-in, and drop off their luggage. Security checks are efficient, and the departure lounge offers amenities like shops and dining options. Upon arrival, passengers go through immigration and customs, collect their luggage, and access transportation services in the arrivals area. The airport ensures a streamlined experience from start to finish.

Luton Airport provides various services to cater to the needs of travelers. For those requiring accommodation, there are several hotels located near the airport for overnight stays or extended layovers. Renting a car is also made convenient with multiple car rental agencies operating at the airport, providing easy access to transportation upon arrival or for exploring the surrounding areas.

Flights & Airlines

In 2022, Luton airport handled over 13 million passengers, making it one of the busiest airports in the UK. The airport is served by a wide range of airlines, offering both domestic and international flights to destinations across Europe, Africa, and Asia. Main destinations for flights departing from London Luton are:

  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
  • Henri Coandă International Airport, Bucharest (OTP)
  • Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
  • Dublin Airport (DUB)
  • John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice (KRK)
  • Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)
  • Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)
  • Milan Bergamo Airport (BGY)
  • Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
  • Warsaw Modlin Airport (WMI)

Several airlines have their base at Luton Airport, including EasyJet, Wizz Air, and Ryanair. Other main airlines flying from Luton Airport are:

  • TUI
  • Pegasus Airlines
  • Vueling Airlines
  • SunExpress
  • El Al
  • Atlasglobal
  • Lauda
  • Air Malta
  • Turkish Airlines


Our recent data indicates that 49 passengers departing from London Luton Airport submitted their flight compensation claims for the amount of 19200 EUR for the last 7 days.

Data shown are estimates, based on internal databases.

Many of the airlines operating in Luton Airport adheres to the EU 261 regulation of 2004 (EC No 261/2004), which provides rights and protections to passengers in cases of flight delays, flight cancellations, and denied boarding. Under this regulation, passengers may be entitled to compensation, assistance, and reimbursement of expenses, depending on the circumstances of the flight disruption.

In case you have experienced a disrupted flight departing from or arriving at Luton Airport, you can easily check your flight compensation using the flight compensation calculator below.

This article relies on information from open sources for informational purposes only. While we have taken care to ensure accuracy, we cannot guarantee the completeness or timeliness of the information. We are not liable for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information presented.

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