The Airport


Situated on the Chiltern Hills in the Luton/Dunstable conurbation some 50km (32 miles) from Central London and close to the M1 motorway.

Around 25 minutes by rail from London St Pancras International to Luton Airport Parkway with a frequent shuttle bus straight to the airport terminal.

Over 22 million people live within 120 minutes drive time of the airport.

Air Traffic:

  • The airport accommodates three main types of aviation business: commercial passenger, cargo and general aviation (mainly business flying).
    In 2015 the airport served 12.3 million passengers, flying to some 130 destinations (over 116,000 aircraft movements).
  • easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomson, EL AL, Blue Air, TAROM, SunExpress, Iberia (Air Nostrum), Vueling, Transavia, Adria Airways and Fly KISS currently operate from the airport.
  • In 2015 the airport’s Cargo Centre handled 28,000 tonnes of freight.

Local Economy:

  • In 2013, there were 95 companies working within the airport or at an aviation-related business close to the airport’s boundary.
  • Luton Borough Council has estimated that these companies employed around 8,600 people.


  • The origins of the airport go back 70 years, to July 1938.
  • A new terminal was opened in 1999 along with the airport rail station. In July 2005, the new terminal was further developed with the opening of a new departure lounge and retail / catering complex.
  • In January 2013 the airport launched its 5 year Community Engagement Strategy, which sets out the airport’s formal commitments to the community up to 2017. The strategy focuses on three action areas, ‘Health, Safety & Environment’, ‘Building Sustainable Communites’ and ‘Contribute to Economic Growth’, identifying priority programmes in each one.
  • In January 2014 a £110m redevelopment programme began which will transform the airport. Further details can be found here.

Noise monitoring:

  • LLAOL undertakes fixed point continuous noise monitoring of departures with a system of financial penalties, which seek to promote the quietest operations. There is also a more specific night noise policy, which includes quarterly monitoring and reporting to LLACC. Further information is available on the airport’s website and in the Annual Monitoring Reports which can be viewed by visiting the Policy Monitoring page in the “About Us” section of this website.

Pollution control:

  • We have a programme of Air Quality Monitoring to determine the contribution of the airport to local air emissions.  LLAOL has also introduced a NOx Levy on all departing aircraft where the engine NOx emission exceeds 400 grammes per passenger and on non-passenger aircraft. Further information is available on the airport’s website.