An airport was built at the site in 1938. During World War II it was used for Royal Air Force fighter aircraft. After the war, it was returned to the local council who kept it as an airport for commercial operation. Percival Aircraft had its factory on the site until the early 1960s.
In the 1960s, executive aircraft were based at the airport and later became an operating base for charter airlines such as Autair (Court Line), Euravia (Thomson Airways), Dan-Air, and Monarch Airlines. Court Line later became bankrupt in 1974.
In 1985, a new terminal was built and in 1990, the airport was named London Luton Airport. In 1997, the council issued a 30 year concession contract to London Luton Airport Operations Limited to fund an extension of the airport. In 1999, a terminal made of aluminium and glass based on an original design by Foster and Partners was built which included 60 check-in desks, baggage, flight information systems, and a wide range of shops, resturants, and bars. In 2005, London Luton Airport Operations Limited was acquired by Airport Concessions Development Limited.
Getting to London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport is easily accessible from all over the country and located close to the M1 and M25. The Sat Nav postcode is LU2 9QT.
Luton Airport Parkway was built in 1999 to serve the airport. It is located on the Midland Main Line from London St Pancras station.
First Capital Connect is the primary operator, with services to the following principal population centres Bedford, St Albans, London, Wimbledon, Sutton, Gatwick Airport and Brighton. East Midlands Trains semi-fast services call hourly going south directly to London St Pancras and north to the following principal population centres Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Beeston and Nottingham.
London Luton Airport has excellent connections with key towns and cities across the country. The coach pick up and drop off points and bus bays are situated in front of the terminal building. Long-distance coach services are operated by National Express.
Licensed Hackney Carriages are available from the rank outside the terminal.
There is a choice of car parking. More information on car parking can be found on the official website.