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Airport Hours and Location

Luton Airport is open 24 hours a day every day. It is located about 31 miles (50 kilometers) north of Central London. 

Nearby Aircraft

Private jets available for charter to and from Luton Airport include the Citation CJ2+ and Citation Bravo light jets; the Citation Excel and Learjet 45XR super light jets, the Hawker 800XP and Learjet 60XR midsize jets, the Gulfstream G200 and Citation X super midsize jets; and the Legacy 650Gulfstream G450 and Falcon 900DX large jets. In addition, PBJ provides access to luxury VIP airliners such as the Airbus ACJ318.

Runways

Luton Airport has one runway with a length of 7,087 feet (2,160 m) and its elevation is 526 feet (160 m). 

Airport Amenities

Luton Airport offers a great variety of facilities and services. Before departure, you can enjoy your free time and relax in the Aspire Executive Lounge. There you will find space to relax with access to Wi-Fi and magazines available for you to read. The Aspire Lounge also includes restaurants, cafés and bistros with complimentary food, soft drinks, wines, beers and spirits. Do you want to spend your spare time on shopping? In the Aspire Lounge, there are over 40 exciting brands to explore. The Aspire Executive Lounge is open every day 04:30 - 20:30.

Private Jet Charter to and from Luton Airport

London’s Luton Airport is the most popular airport for private jets in the United Kingdom.

The airport prides itself in providing security and anonymity to the royalty and millionaires that frequent its runways.

The airport recently introduced new restrictions on slots to better control the noise impact on the local community. There will be additional noise restrictions commencing Summer 2018 – between 2200Z to 0559Z from 1st June to 30th September.

London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport. Picture Credit.

Where is Luton Airport?

Luton Airport is located about 34 miles north of London, near the M1 motorway, a major north-south road that connects London and Yorkshire.

What is Luton’s airport code?

Luton Airport’s IATA code is LTN; its ICAO code is EGGW.

How many London airports are there?

Luton is one of six international airports that serve London. The others are London City Airport (LCY), Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), Stansted (STN) and Southend (SEN).

How big is Luton Airport?

It’s a fast-growing airport. In 2017, there were 135,000 flights handling 15 million passengers in and out of London Luton Airport, nearly double the number of flights it handled five years earlier. Some 13 airlines that fly to 30 countries have both scheduled and charter flights out of Luton. The airport is expanding in hopes of handling 240,000 flights (38 million passengers) a year by 2050. That would make it as big as Gatwick, the second biggest airport in the United Kingdom.

With a runway long enough to handle almost any plane but an airfield small enough to be easily navigated, it remains a favorite of private charter jet passengers.

Airport Information

Do many private charter jets fly into Luton Airport?

Signature Flight Support FBO at Luton Airport

Signature Flight Support FBO at Terminal 1 in Luton Airport. Picture Credit.

Some 30,000 private jets are expected to take off and land from Luton Airport this year. That number is a quarter of the private jets using all the airports in the entire United Kingdom.

And, the United Kingdom itself has a record number of private jets using its airports. The United Kingdom was found, in a 2017 survey done by a charter jet broker, to be the busiest European country for charter jets. Not far behind was Paris and then Germany and Switzerland. In the first quarter of 2017, there were actually more chartered jets flying in and out than there were privately owned jets – and the number of charters keeps growing.

Why is Luton Airport so popular with private charter jets?

Signature Flight Support FBO at Luton Airport

Signature Flight Support FBO at Terminal 1 in Luton Airport. Picture Credit.

Luton Airport allows celebrities, politicians and other A-list travelers to get in and out of London without being seen. It also has a relatively long runway and caters to private jet charters 24 hours a day. There is a private security screening room for passengers wanting one. And, since most VIPs go directly from car to plane, a private jet can take off 10 minutes after its passengers get to the airport. Upon touchdown, there is a way for elite travelers to get -- unnoticed -- to a couple of private buildings beyond the airport’s perimeter where they can be picked up.

How has Luton Airport changed over the years?

It used to be an airport used by budget carriers, a place to get a cheap flight to other European countries and a few farther destinations. However, more and more of its business is elite travelers coming in on private charter jets. The airport is expanding and modernizing to be able to handle both kinds of traffic. In recent years, a third terminal for private jets opened to meet the growing demand.

How long does it take to get to London?

Harrods Aviation FBO at Luton Airport

Harrods Aviation FBO at Luton Airport. Picture Credit.

It’s about a 35-minute train ride from Luton Airport to London. However, the airport is unfortunately located a little over a mile from the train station. Visitors must take a shuttle bus – or private car -- from the airport to the train station, tacking on another 15-30 minutes. However, plans are under way to bring the rail all the way to the airport.

When will Luton Airport’s new light rail system open?

Passengers will be happy to learn they no longer have to take a shuttle bus to get to the rail stop. A new 1.3-mile light rail system link, which will cost $280 million, is expected to be completed in late 2020 or early 2021. The automated, driverless train is to run 24 hours a day, taking passengers on a five-minute trip to the train station. Travelers should be able to get from the airport to London in 30 minutes. The rail link will be paid for by the airport owner, the borough of Luton, a city of about 200,000 people. Although it seems as if such a short link would be easy to build, it isn’t. The train station is downhill from the airport, making construction tricky and difficult.

(Luton is also spending $150 million to expand the airport to handle 18 million passengers a year by 2020.)

Things to do and see

  • Wardown Park Museum, Luton: Explore Luton from pre-history to present day at the Wardown Park Museum. Check out the Luton Life Gallery and the U.K. lace collection. Nearby is St. Maurice Church and an art gallery.
  • The Church of St. Mary, Luton: This huge church was built in the 10th century after the victory over the Danes. It was totally restored in the early 20th century. It’s definitely worth seeing.
  • The Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton: This interactive museum is a great place to take kids. The museum’s collection includes the Wenlok Jug and the Mossman Carriage Collection, which is the largest collection of horse carts in the United Kingdom. Many of the carriages have been loaned out for theatrical production and movies.
  • The Shire London Golf Course, Barnet: Some 14 miles away is the famous golf course with a snake-like lake winding around the 18th hole. The lake is actually an “S” for Seve Ballesteros, who built The Masters at The Shire.
  • The Sherlock Holmes Museum, London: Millions have visited the museum dedicated to the famous British sleuth. Located in an 1815 Georgian building, it has been left unchanged and is exactly like the lodging house described in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
  • Wrest Park, Luton: This historic park, located on 90 acres, is a great place to go walking. Visitors can walk through a large rose garden that is home to many unusual and rare plants. There is also a French mansion on the property. In the summer, the park and its many sculptures and pavilions are used for festivals and other events.
  • The ruins of the ancient Someries Castle, Luton: Originally built in the 15th century, the castle was nearly destroyed by the 18th century. The stones from the castle were, over time, taken by local residents to build their own houses. All that remains are fragments of the castle and a small watch house and chapel.
  • Christmas in Luton: Since the city is a popular vacation get-away, there is plenty to do during the Christmas holidays. There are fairs and festivals and, of course, lots of shopping places.
  • The Barton Hills National Nature Reserve, Luton: This nature reserve was formed by the chalk that is in the many natural springs in the park. A narrow valley with hills on either side was formed by the springs at the base of the valley. It’s fun to walk along the base or climb up to the rim. This is an especially great place to visit if you have a dog.
ICAO EGGW
IATA LTN
LOCATION London (Luton), United Kingdom
FACILITY TYPE AIRPORT

Runway information

Runway Length (ft) Width (ft) Surface Type Elevation (ft)
26/08 7086 151 ASP 525.63934

FBOs at Luton Airport, EGGW, LTN

Name Address Phone Website
Signature Flight Support Terminal 1 London Luton Airport, Hangar 63, Percival Way, Luton, LU2 9NT London +44 1582 724182
Harrods Aviation HARRODS AVIATION PRESIDENT WAY BEDFORDSHIRE, LU2 9NW +44-1582-589317
Landmark Aviation Britannia House, Frank Lester Way, London Luton Airport , Luton, UK LU2 9NQ +441582798400
Menzies +44 (0) 131 225 8555 www.menziesaviation.com
Servisair +44 1582 432400
Swissport +44 (0) 1582 70090

METAR Weather Data

Luton Airport
  • Weather Partly cloudy
  • Observed 09:48 AM
  • Temperature 8 °C, 46 °F
  • Preticipation 0.0 mm
  • Humidity 87%
  • Pressure 1027 mb
  • Cloud Cover 75%
  • Visibility 10%
  • Wind Speed: 12mph, 19km/h
  • Wind Direction: 260°, W

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to stop for customs when I fly on a private jet?

    Passengers on all international private charter flights will have to stop at customs. In certain countries, you may have to go through customs at a specific port of entry; for example, you must stop in Tahiti to perform customs checks en route to Bora Bora. You’ll also need to stop at the first port of entry when entering the U.S. from Mexico.
  • How much rest does the crew need before they can depart again?

    Crew members are required to have a 10-hour rest period within each 24-hour cycle. The maximum duty day is 14 hours and must be followed by a 10-hour rest period at their hotel. When scheduling a flight, operators usually account for 12 hours of rest instead of 10. These extra two hours allow the crew time to get to their hotel, rest for the required time, and return to the airport.
  • How long does a fuel stop for a private jet flight take?

    The average fuel stop takes 45–60 minutes. To speed up fuel stops, the operator, or pilots may call ahead, so a fuel truck is waiting for the aircraft on arrival. For smaller jets, a fuel stop can take as little as 30 minutes.
  • Will my private jet charter use the same airport as a commercial airline?

    No. When you charter a private jet, you generally fly into a private airport. However, you could access the same airports as a commercial airline if you request to do so or if there are no private airport options. However, using a large mainstream airport like Los Angeles International or London Heathrow is often a bad choice for private jets, as flying to a smaller regional private airport is much faster and often makes for a more luxurious experience.
  • Is the age of an aircraft a safety factor?

    Aircraft age is not a safety factor. However, if the aircraft is older and hasn’t been refurbished properly, it may cause flyers some inconvenience, such as overheating, faulty air conditioning, or faulty plumbing in the lavatory.
  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring on a private jet?

    As a rule of thumb, each seat on a light or midsize jet equates to one passenger and one item of luggage. Each item of luggage is considered to be the standard 23 kilograms, or about 50 lbs. Large jets are designed for long-range trips, which typically involve longer stays, so you can carry more than one item of luggage per person.
  • Are there aircraft that are wheelchair accessible?

    There are many aircraft that are wheelchair accessible. Most of them are large jets or above and have a straight aisle. If the jet has a zigzag aisle – like the Falcon 900 – it will be difficult to maneuver the wheelchair onboard the aircraft. You’ll also need the right type of wheelchair; many motorized wheelchairs won’t fit and can’t be collapsed. If this is the case, you’ll need a smaller, temporary wheelchair. Some aircraft operators have smaller wheelchairs that can be used. Please speak with your Paramount private jet expert to review your aircraft options.
  • Can I fly with large sums of cash?

    Yes, you can. This is a common occurrence for many private jet clients. You can fly with up to $5 million in cash as long as you declare that cash when coming through customs. For domestic trips, there’s no limit and no need to declare it.
  • Which private jets come with flight attendants?

    In the United States, large jets and above are required to have flight attendants onboard; in Europe, flight attendants are used on midsize jets and above. Flight attendants require their own seats. Larger jets and above have a jump seat near the cockpit for the flight attendant to use, meaning the attendant generally stays out of the cabin.
  • Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?

    Private jet clients can often have a limo drive them right up to the private jet, or even drive their own car to the plane. That said, different airports have different policies, and some may not offer ramp access. Please speak with your Paramount Aviation Advisor to review your options for a given trip.
  • Do private jets come with Wi-Fi?

    Many private jets do have Wi-Fi, and it’s increasingly available free of charge on U.S. domestic flights. On international flights, prices range from $3.00-$8.50 USD per megabyte used. This means that opening up social media sites that are rich in images and videos could quickly cost you $20 – and downloading a feature-length movie could cost thousands!
  • When is on-demand private jet charter better than buying a block of hours?

    Private jet charter can be a lot cheaper than buying a block of hours for a one-way flight, as you can access floating fleets or an empty leg to reduce the cost. With a block of hours, the price covers a round trip. If you only fly one-way, you are effectively paying double.
  • What is a carbon-neutral flight?

    Every aircraft burns jet fuel and emits a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This can be offset via one of several carbon offset programs that allow private jet clients to purchase a certain number of carbon credits to offset the emissions from their flights. A carbon-neutral flight is one that offsets the carbon emissions it uses via a formal process.
  • Can I have a flexible departure time for my private jet flight?

    Yes, it is possible to have a flexible departure when flying privately. Operators typically offer a 30-minute to two-hour window, but you can request a longer window as long as it doesn’t interfere with the maximum crew duty day or their next scheduled flight. Please confirm with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking your jet.
  • When should I hire a Boeing Business Jet?

    Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) have unique amenities that extend far beyond sheer size and are often equipped with 1-2 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms (one more of those bathrooms may even offer stand-up showers.) These airliner-based executive aircraft also feature tall or ‘stand-up’ cabins that are also longer and wider than more typical corporate aircraft.
  • How soon can I have a private jet ready from the time I call in the request?

    Generally speaking, with as little as 4 hours of notice. However, we have had wheels up in as little as 32 minutes from the time our client called us to book the flight and had them in the air. It depends on a few factors, such as how long it takes for the pilots to arrive at the airport (generally, there is a 2-hour call-out time for the pilots), and whether the aircraft is ready to go at the airport with no repositioning needed. Our Jet Card members enjoy faster booking since they have funds on account and can confirm a flight with a simple email.
  • Can I access my luggage while in flight?

    On most private jets, you will be able to access your luggage during the flight. That’s because luggage and passengers are situated on the same level. This is in contrast to commercial airlines, where checked luggage is stored in a cargo hold. On large private jets, luggage is often stored in a compartment behind the lavatory, which means easy access to your bags.
  • When are private jet charter landing and takeoff slots applicable?

    A landing or takeoff slot is simply a small window of time in which your aircraft is scheduled to fly in or out of the airport. You will need a landing and takeoff slot if you fly to a high-density airport in the United States or one that is hosting a special event with a significant number of aircraft arriving and departing. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a landing and takeoff slot for all major European cities. Please check with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking for a specific route.
  • What kind of in-flight catering is available on a private jet?

    Other than the standard snacks and drinks, you can order local cuisine options for your catering on board. In short, anything that doesn’t need to be cooked can be ordered; hot food must be precooked and then warmed on board.
  • Can I bring pets with me on private jet flights?

    Of course! Just let us know in advance. The majority of the operators and aircraft owners allow pets onboard. In some cases, a small cleaning fee may apply. That said, there are specific requirements that must be met when traveling with your pet, including making sure that all documentation and vaccination records for your pet(s) are correct and up-to-date. Dogs and cats must also be at least eight weeks old and weaned when traveling within the U.S.
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