Mikedlayer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2598 times:
Luton also plays a huge part in the holiday airline schemes. Airlines such a Monarch, Britannia, My Travel, and more, holiday airlines opperate out of London Luton.
London Luton isn't owned by BAA, and it is a relativly quiet airport compared to airports such as LHR and LGW...as Horus said there are many low cost airlines too. Lots of money has been spent on redeveloping the airport though, so you can't expect the best of websites.
There is live arrivals and departures on their website.........
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2527 times:
Luton receives a large amount of VIP aircraft (many BBJs and ACJs including many from the Middle East). As well as being an easyJet base, the airport is also served by Helios (738s), Ryanair (738 & 732s), Britannia (757s), Monarch (757, A320/21), First Choice (A320s and 757s), Wizz Air (320s), Volareweb (320s), Aer Arann (ATRs), Manx Airlines (146s).
L1011aaron From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2468 times:
It does have large numbers of Charter operations there especially from Brittania and Monarch as Luton is there home base although they both operate the majority of there flights out of LGW and MAN .
The largest IT charter a/c size this year is Airbus A300 600Rs from Monarch of which will 1 be based there Thursday to Sunday each week over the summer.
Besides that it is mainly a low cost operation and at the current time has no long haul scheduled or charter flights.
TLHFLA From United States of America, joined May 2003, 593 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2353 times:
You can see the inside of London Luton on Airline UK on A&E. The airport looks like it has been renovated recently. It doesn't appear very big and it looks like it doesn't have jetways, at least the EasyJet planes were shown loading via stairways.
Roberta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2340 times:
If its any consolation I was conceived, born and bread in Luton.
Luckily I don't live there now
we used to get a few L1011's back in the days. There where occasional charter flights to the US but most were to Europe. Britannia and Monarch were the main players before the "LCC Renaissance" when easyJet came along and encouraged many other LCC's to LTN.
Ryanair used to fly their Bac 1-11's to Ireland too, when they were a much smaller airline. The Isle of man was another destination, back in the days.
Pilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2327 times:
we used to have a great little viewing area, with our w=own little cafe, and inside seating, but METRO services bought it and now the only good place for viewing is up on the bridge or if you are prepared to walk 3 miles around the port to a lane where you can get good views
Go to the drop down menu "Holiday & Flight Info" and you can select arrivals and departures information which is updated every five mins. (Also Ceefax on page 447>
The airport will never be as big or as busy as the other London airports which have the financial muscle of BAA and the goverment behind them, but LTN puts on a fierce battle.
It handled 6.9 million passengers last year. (7th Busiest in the UK)
The main problems for LTN is in attracting long hauls and flag carriers - is the facilities they offer. With only having 7072ft runway, no jetways and lack of airlines offering conencting flights.
There was an interesting article this month in June's addtion of Airways magazine, with a report about LTN and they interviewed Paul Kehoe the managing director, he said they are putting plans forward to increase the runway length to 9,500ft to the easterly end and jetways are currently in the pipeline.
Paul Kehoe also went on to say that he would like to attract Transatlantic traffic once the runway extention has taken place!
He also gave hints that they are in negotiations with Ryanair to increase flights from LTN to new destinations from the winter and Wizz Air has just annouced both their routes to Katwice and Budapest are to go double daily. Along with easyJet adding thrice daily services to Berlin, Budapest and Dortmund and Aer Arran increasing their services to an ATR 72 and going double daily to Waterford and Galway. (Have also heard rumours that Aer Arran maybe launching services to Cork).
On the other hand charter traffic at LTN has been on a major decline for last few years with MyTravel and Thomas Cook pulling out of the airport. Britannia's summer program is alot more reduced than last year, as they use to base four 752's at the airport from May to Oct and this year is just two 752's May to Oct and another Jul-Sep. First Choice have an A320 based at the airport for most of week during the summer month's and Monarch does not offer that many charters from the airport with them mainly focusing on their scheduled services to the Iberian Peninsular.
LTN probably has the largest available market of any of the London Airports, with a population of over 20 million being within an hour's drive of the airport, including London, South Midlands, East Anglia and East Midlands falling within this catchment area - Pitty this isn't fully utilised!
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2248 times:
Why has holiday traffic at LTN declined? Has it been as a result of a rise of it elsewhere (eg LGW) and/or the regional airports? That would be a bit of a shame seeing that LTN had a long reputation as the holiday airport for London.
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3025 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2145 times:
The charter market in general in the UK has been on a gradual decline for the last few years...
Since the advent of LCC more and more passengers are travelling independently and the charter airlines have reduced capacity respectively. LTN has usually been one of the first airports in the UK to feel the pinch.
With STN, LGW, BHX and EMA all being relatively close by these airports have easily absorbed much of this reduced capacity. Even EMA these days has a larger charter flight program than LTN does this summer. The holiday company's usually choose to base nearly all their charter flights for London area out of LGW, and if they decide to operate some out of another London airport STN is usually the second choice and you can't blame the airlines for not wanting to have to use three airports just to cover London.
Only back in 2000 LTN the long haul charter market was thriving, with Monarch flying weekly to Sanford-Orlando with a 332, Britannia flew regularly to Cancun, Dominican Republic and Barbados with a 763 and Airtours to Las Vegas with a DC10.
Airtours use to a base a DC-10 and an A320, JMC would have both a 757and A320 and there were regular visits by Caledonian with their Tristars... These days are all but history.
Something everyone always loved seeing was one othese large widebodied aircrafts clear the 7000ft runway, which I have always though to this day was an achievement.
KEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2114 times:
You can reach LTN from King's Cross by train.
Watch out!!! Trains to Luton Airport leave from King's Cross Thameslink station, which is a totally separate station from King's Cross (less than 10 minutes' walk away). The station is just a small building next to some shophouses, nothing as impressive as King's Cross or St Pancras because the station is mostly underground.
LTN & LGW airports are directly linked by Thameslink trains. One does not even have to change train in London.
Mrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2016 times:
Watch out!!! Trains to Luton Airport leave from King's Cross Thameslink station, which is a totally separate station from King's Cross (less than 10 minutes' walk away).
They are almost on the opposite of the road, there is a tunnel system which connects both (I am just looking on Kings Cross since I live next there!). But good to point out that they are actually seperate, since I know people who walked confused at the Kings Cross/St. Pancras Station and did not know that there is something like Thameslink!
When did RA pullout of Luton (or are they still serving?). Previously, they did with a 757 via FRA
Richardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1888 times:
LTN is not directly linked by rail.
The nearest station is Luton Airport Parkway. There is a shuttle bus from Luton Airport Parkway to the Luton Airport departure terminal. This bus can sometimes take a long time to get to the terminal depending on traffic levels on the local roads.
The Greenline coach from the airport is great if you arrive late at night. It leaves from the terminal building and can get you into central London quite quickly due to low traffic levels.