London Luton Airport Limited


The UK’s number one community airport

London Luton Airport Ltd is the Luton Council company that owns the airport – and we can proudly claim to be the UK’s number one community airport owner.

Our model is different because we don’t benefit private shareholders – instead, we invest in improving people’s lives.

We are tremendously proud of our track record of community investment.

Since 2004 we have provided more than £140m for vital community causes. Since 2012, the airport’s huge success has additionally allowed us to significantly increase the contribution we make to front-line council services in Luton: up from £7m eight years ago to £32m in 2019.

With this comes enormous responsibility.

It is our role to act as the responsible steward of the airport on behalf of the people of Luton – plan for its ongoing prosperity – and ensure we can continue to deliver community benefits for future generations.

Since 2017, we have been developing and sharing emerging proposals for the sustainable long-term expansion of London Luton Airport.

Currently we are revising our plans to respond to feedback that you gave us following a second public consultation that we held in December 2019: put simply, you want us to go even further to minimise and mitigate environmental impacts.

We take this responsibility seriously, and have announced our ambition to also become the UK’s most sustainable airport over the next 20 years.

We call our long-term expansion project Future Luton, and you can read the latest on the Future Luton website..

The UK’s fifth biggest airport

London Luton Airport (LTN) opened as Luton Municipal Aerodrome on 16 July 1938. In those days it had a grass runway, and the terminal building was an old farmhouse.

By the end of December 2019, the airport was operating just under its permitted capacity of 18 million passengers per year and had consolidated its position as the UK’s fifth largest and one of its fastest growing airports.

LTN offers a wide and expanding range of destinations for both the leisure and business traveller, through a number of airline operators including easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair and Tui.

It is also the UK’s leading airport for business aviation.

Only a few miles from the M25, and with excellent road links to the M1 and train services to St Pancras International, LTN offers easy access to London and the rest of the country.

It makes a significant contribution to the regional economy, creating jobs and business opportunities not just in Luton but across the surrounding area and beyond. Its benefits are felt across North London, England’s Economic Heartland and the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

You can read more about the contribution LTN makes to the local, regional and national economy by viewing the 2019 Oxford Economics report on the economic impact of London Luton Airport here.

Our major projects

Luton DART

The pioneering Luton DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit) will provide a step-change in how passengers get to and from our airport, and speed travellers between Luton Airport Parkway station and the terminal in well under four minutes.

Scheduled to open in 2022, passengers will be able to travel between St Pancras and London Luton Airport in just 30 minutes using the fastest trains and seamless Luton DART transfer.

The scheme will be a double-shuttle, fully-automated people-mover, based on the latest system technology and design innovation, capable of operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cable-driven system is energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

The Luton DART complements the airport operator’s recent £160m transformation programme to deliver a truly world-class passenger experience at London Luton Airport.

London Luton Airport Enterprise Zone

We are working to bring forward more than 5,200 new jobs at two proposed development sites in Luton named New Century Park and Bartlett Square, which are both part of the London Luton Airport Enterprise Zone.

To find out more about our major projects, please visit the DART website and see our Enterprise Zone and Developments page.

If you want to see the destinations you can travel to, make a booking, or find out more about the operations of LTN, please go to