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London Luton Airport is located 1.5 miles east of Luton town centre in Bedfordshire and is 28 miles north of Central London.

The vast majority of the routes served are within Europe, although there are some charter and scheduled routes to destinations in Northern Africa and Asia.

The airport is the fourth largest airport serving the London area after Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

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Luton Airport Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 129.550, 132.055
Radar/Dir - 128.750
Tower - 132.555, 126.725
Delivery - 121.885
Ground - 121.755
ATIS - 120.580

An airport was built at the site in 1938 and during World War II it was used for Royal Air Force fighter aircraft of No.264 Squadron. 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, a company owned by Abertis Infraestructuras (90%) and Aena Internacional (10%), both Spanish companies. The Department for Transport supports plans to extend the runway from its current 2,160 m (7,087 ft) length to 9,843 ft and increase the length of the taxiway in the future.

In November 2013, ownership of London Luton Airport Operations Ltd passed to Aena and Ardian. In April 2018, AMP Capital acquired Ardian's 49% stake in the business. The airport remains in municipal ownership, owned by Luton Borough Council but managed by the private sector London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL). During December 2018, a three-year redevelopment of Luton Airport was officially launched which included new shops, a new boarding pier, and more boarding gates.

Getting to London Luton Airport
The airport lies a few miles away from the M1 motorway, which runs southwards to London, northwards to Leeds and connects to the M25 motorway. The airport is linked to M1's Junction 10 by the dual-carriageway A1081 road. The Sat Nav postcode is LU2 9QT.

Luton Airport Parkway has since 1999 served the airport. It is on the Midland Main Line from London St Pancras, between which, journeys take as little as 22 minutes, on services branded EMR. Thameslink is the primary operator, with services running from the station to Bedford, St Albans, London, Wimbledon, Sutton, Gatwick Airport and Brighton. East Midlands Railway operate semi-fast services calling at the station hourly. These trains run south directly to London St Pancras and north to Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Beeston and Nottingham.

Local buses connect Luton Airport with Luton town centre and other nearby places.

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.

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