Previously known as Luton International Airport, London Luton Airport is the capital’s fourth largest airport after Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. Located just outside the town of Luton in Bedfordshire, the airport primarily serves low-cost airlines flying to Europe.
Opened in 1938, Luton Airport was a base for the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. After the war, the airport returned to commercial use and became a profitable base for private airlines.
After a period of decline due to neglect of the facilities and competition from London Stansted Airport, the end of the 1980s saw the start of a period of investment aimed at improving the airport’s fortunes.
Today Luton Airport features a single, two-storey passenger terminal and a single runway, 2,162 metres in length. The airport offers flights to more than 70 destinations in over 30 countries.