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Luton airport history

An airport was first opened on the site on the 16th July, 1938 by the then Secretary of State for Air Kingsley Wood. During the Second World War the airport was used as a base for RAF fighters.

Following the war the land was returned to the local council who continued activity at the airport as a commercial operation, providing the base for major tour operators such as Euravia (now TUI, following previous growth as Britannia Airways) and Monarch Airlines. In 1972, Luton Airport was the most profitable in the country. The airport suffered a severe setback in August 1974 when a major package tour operator Clarksons, scheduling flights via its airline Court Line (which also operated local bus services), went bankrupt.

The next fifteen years saw a process of rebuilding, including the opening of a new international terminal in 1985. At this time Ryanair flew flights from Luton to Ireland. In 1990 the airport was renamed "London Luton Airport" in order to boost the profile of the airport in the eyes of foreign visitors, likely to be heading to London but not realising Luton was close. In 1991, Ryanair transferred its base of operations to Stansted, again resulting in the decline in the airport's importance in the British transport network. This trend was dramatically reversed later in the 90s with the introduction of charter flights for Airtours and new 'low cost' scheduled flights from Debonair and easyJet, the latter making Luton its hub.

Today, the Airport remains in municipal ownership, owned by Luton Borough Council in August 1997, in order to fund a £80 million extension of the airport, the council issued a 30 year management contract to a public private partnership consortium London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLOAL), which was headed by Barclays Bank. Barclays later sold to TBI plc. In January 2005, LLAOL was acquiredby Airport Concessions Development Limited, a company owned by Abertis Infraestructuras (90%) and Aena Internacional (10%) – both of Spain. Abertis is one of Europe’s leading infrastructure providers. Aena Internacional is the international business arm of Aena, the Spanish national airport and air traffic control organisation which owns and operates 47 airports across the Iberian Peninsula. Some 155 million passengers per annum use its airports. Aena also has operations in Central and South America. LLAOL can now rely on additional operational experience and financial support when developing future plans.

The main feature of the development phase in 1998 was a £40 million terminal made from aluminium and glass, based on an original design by Foster and Partners, which The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened in November 1999. The building is nicknamed "The Tinshed" by locals.

The terminal houses 60 check-in desks, "state of the art" baggage and flight information systems and a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars. In the original design brief for the 1999 Terminal, a 9000 sq ft 1st floor area - which features a spectacular vaulted ceiling originally conceived by Sir Norman Foster; was built but intended to lie fallow until required for a development of this type.

In September 2004, development work started on a major project to transfer departures from the International Terminal Building built in 1985, to the 9000 sq ft first floor of the 1999 Terminal Building. The new departure hall opened on schedule on 1st July 2005 and features extensive 'new build' in the form of the new Boarding Pier extending 190 metres out between the Airport's North & East Aprons and relocated Security, Customs and Immigration facilities. It also encompasses the development and remodelling of the entire 1st floor of the so-far unused 1st Floor of the 1999 Terminal.In 2005 total passengers at London Luton increased by 21.5% to 9.135 million, making it the UK's sixth busiest airport. It is also the fastest growing UK airport.

A indicator of the importance of the airport to the economy of Luton is that the town has the highest number of taxi cabs per head of population in the United Kingdom. The airport has become even more critical to the future of Luton given the recent closure of the Vauxhall car factory.

The airport has also been featured on two popular British television series. The first, Airline, now follows the staff of Easyjet at Luton and the airlines other hubs across the country. In 2005, a new series called Luton Airport was shown which followed the life of employees at Luton Airport in a similar format to the show Airport which follows staff at Heathrow Airport.

This history article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article " London Luton Airport".

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Airparks Services providing luton airport parking Luton Airport Parking - Airparks Services
AddressLuton Airparks Services,
Grove Road,
Slip End,
Luton,
LU1 4DF
MapClick Here for Map
Postcode for Sat NavLU1 4DF
Transfer Time 6 - 10 minutes / approximately 4 miles.
Transfer Time45 minutes
Minimum Stay1 day
Frequency of TransferD
Transfer ProcedureOperating 24 hours a day. The return transfer info will be confirmed on your arrival at the car park
DirectionsFrom M1 North & South, exit at J10. At roundabout at end of the motorway slip-road turn right following A1081 to St Albans. After 300m take next right towards Slip End, Newlands Rd. Go under motorway slip road, take first left to Slip End. Go up hill, under M1 into Slip End. At traffic lights turn right into Grove Road. After 100m turn left & follow signs to Airparks.
Departure ProcedureHand your ticket in at reception. Your car will be parked near to the reception bay so you can easily pick it up.
Arrival Procedure Park your car at the check in area and one of the reps will park it properly for you. You are then transferred to the airport terminal. The whole process can take up to 30 mins - so be sure to allow for this.
SecuritySecure perimeter fences. Full CCTV in operation. Patrols from from local Crime Prevention Officers.
Disabled FacilitiesAll Airparks buses have wheelchair steps fitted to make it easy when getting chairs on and off.
Luton Airport Parking - Alpha Car Storage
AddressLuton Alpha Car Storage,
22 Kimpton Road,
Luton,
LU2 0SX
Postcode for Sat NavLU2 0SX
Transfer Time 5 minutes from the airport, approximately 1.5 miles.
Transfer Time15 minutes
Frequency of TransferD
Transfer ProcedureTransfers to the airport run on demand 24 hours a day.
DirectionsFrom the M1: Exit at Junction 10 then at Junction 10a take the second exit (A1081). Follow A1081 over next roundabout and at second roundabout take first exit to Kimpton Road. Continue over the mini roundabout, past the shops and Alpha Car Storage is located on your left, directly opposite the Hayward Tyler factory. (Entrance is under the the billboard). From the A1: Follow the A505 all the way to the large roundabout into the airport. Take the third exit, Kimpton Road and follow the directions as above.
Departure ProcedureUpon clearing customs please call Alpha Car Storage on 01582 401 504 to arrange to be met at the airport.
Arrival Procedure On arrival at Alpha report to reception and present confirmation slip or quote your booking reference number.
SecurityCar park is fully secure.
Luton Airport Parking - Central Car Storage
AddressCentral Car Storage Luton,
Kimpton Road,
Luton,
Beds
Transfer Time Less than 5 minutes, very near.
Transfer Time5 minutes
Frequency of TransferD
Transfer ProcedureCourtsey bus service runs very frequently, 24 hours a day.
DirectionsFrom the M1, Junction 10 - If coming from the south, come off and go up slip road. At the top of slip road take the second exit and come down large slip road, this is 10a. If coming from north come up slip road and take first exit down long slip road which is 10a. At bottom at large roundabout take second exit, sign posted for airport. Go along dual carriageway, get in right hand lane as approaching the roundabout and go straight across. At the second roundabout, turn left passing a Vauxhall showroom on your left, straight over the roundabout, pass the row of shops on your left, over the railway bridge. Central Car Storage is the first turning on your left, down the service road and our gates are on the left. If closed please wait for them to open fully as they are electrically operated.
Departure ProcedureFull details of the returns procedure will be given on arrival at the car park.
Arrival Procedure Please report to the car park reception on arrival and present your booking voucher.
SecurityThis car park has CCTV, 15 foot high Security Fencing and is manned 24 hours a day.
Undercover Parking Not available.
Trailer FacilitiesAre permitted but will be charged for an extra space.
Luton Airport Parking - Central Car Storage Meet & Greet
AddressLuton Central Car Storage Meet & Greet,
Kimpton Road,
Luton,
Beds
Transfer Time Less than 5 minutes, very near.
Transfer Timeat terminal
Transfer ProcedureNo transfer provided as this is a Meet & Greet service.
DirectionsFrom the M1, Junction 10 - If coming from the south, come off and go up slip road. At the top of slip road take the second exit and come down large slip road, this is 10a. If coming from north come up slip road and take first exit down long slip road which is 10a. At bottom at large roundabout take second exit, sign posted for airport. Go along dual carriageway, get in right hand lane as approaching the roundabout and go straight across. At the second roundabout, turn left passing a Vauxhall showroom on your left, straight over the roundabout, pass the row of shops on your left, over the railway bridge. Central Car Storage is the first turning on your left, down the service road and our gates are on the left. If closed please wait for them to open fully as they are electrically operated.
Departure ProcedureFull details of the returns procedure will be given when you meet the representative outside the terminal.
Arrival Procedure You must drive to airport and call the car park as you approach the airport, then meet the car attendant outside the terminal building at the drop-off point.
SecurityThis car park has CCTV, 15 foot high Security Fencing and is manned 24 hours a day.
Undercover Parking Not available.
Trailer FacilitiesAre permitted but will be charged for an extra space.
Luton Airport Parking - Long Term Parking
AddressLuton Long Term Parking,
London Luton Airport,
Luton,
Bedfordshire,
LU2 9LY
Postcode for Sat NavLU2 9LY
Minimum Stay5 days
Transfer ProcedureA regular courtesy coach will drop you at the terminal building.
DirectionsFrom M1 - Exit at Junction 10 and follow the signs for Luton Airport. As you approach the airport follow the pink long term parking signs. Please note that your booking is valid at this car park only.
Departure ProcedureAfter collecting your vehicle, please proceed directly to the exit barrier. Insert the same credit card into the exit column to open the barrier that you used when booking.
Arrival Procedure On arrival at the airport follow the pink signs for the long term parking area. Insert credit/debit card used to make the reservation into the entry column to open the barrier. It is imperative that you use the same card which you used at the time of booking.
SecurityThis car park has CCTV, 15 foot high Security Fencing and is manned 24 hours a day.
Disabled FacilitiesLong Term Parking has wheel chair adapted buses and is suitable for use by disabled passengers. Passengers wishing to drop off disabled passengers can do so using the drop off area before proceeding to the car park if they desire.
Trailer FacilitiesAre accepted but at a charge of 2 spaces.
Luton Airport Parking - Mid Term Parking
AddressLuton Mid Term Parking,
London Luton Airport,
Luton,
Bedfordshire,
LU2 5LY
Postcode for Sat NavLU2 5LY
Transfer Time Situated on the airport approach road opposite the holiday inn so not far at all.
Transfer ProcedureRegular courtsey bus service is available.
DirectionsOn arrival at the airport follow the green airport car park signs for Mid Term Parking.
Departure ProcedureCatch courtsey bus back to the car park from the terminal and insert your credit card into the machine to get access to the exit.
Arrival Procedure Insert your credit card into the machine. The barrier will recognise your card details from your booking and you will be allowed access to and from the car park. You can then get a courtsey bus to the terminal.
SecurityCCTV and regular patrols from security staff.
Trailer FacilitiesNot accepted.
Luton Airport Parking - Short Term Parking
AddressLuton Short Term Parking,
London Luton Airport,
Luton,
Bedfordshire,
LU2 9LY
Postcode for Sat NavLU2 9LY
Transfer Time Located close to the airport - access to the terminal is via a covered walkway.
Transfer ProcedureNo need for transfer as there is access to the terminal via a covered walkway.
DirectionsThe airport is only 2 miles from J10 of the M1 and the route from this exit is well sign posted.
Departure ProcedureOn your return simply take your ticket and booking voucher to the manned pay station who will issue you an exit ticket.
Arrival Procedure On arrival follow the pink airport car park signs for Express Short Term Parking. At the entry barrier take a ticket and park your car.
SecurityFully secure car park. CCTV, high fences, floodlights and round the clock patrols.
Please note this section is intended as a guide to luton airport parking, full details of your luton airport parking are provided for with your booking.
 
 
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