London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport was previously known as Luton International Airport. It is located in Bedfordshire, a few miles from the town centre of Luton. It is the London area’s fourth largest airport, with Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted the top three.

Luton is an airport undergoing significant growth, with passengers increasing by 2.6% between 2007 and 2008; total passenger count in ’08 was 10.1 million. Currently calling London Luton home are Monarch Airlines, Wizz Air, Thomson Airways, and Ryannair. There are a few intercontinental flights, although most routes serve areas within Europe.

There is just one runway at the airport, running nearly 2.2 m from east to west. Luton is the property of Luton Borough Council, although London Luton Airport Operations, a private venture, manages it for the borough.  To give you an idea of just how important Luton is to London’s economy, consider that it has the most taxicabs per head of population anywhere in the country.

Under recent expansion plans, a new full-length runway will be added as well as a new terminal.  However, after several protests over the expansion, the airport owners announced in 2007 that they were putting a halt to all of these endeavours. For the time being, the airport will continue serving the community with the current facilities.

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