London Luton Airport Limited


The airport of choice for north London
and England’s Economic Heartland

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.
Now it’s the UK’s fifth largest airport by passenger numbers, and one of the fastest growing, with the number of passengers using the airport increasing by 44 per cent from 2013-16.

In February 2019 we confirmed our preferred option for development for the long-term and sustainable expansion of London Luton Airport.

Using the existing runway, LLAL is targeting expansion of the airport to 32 million passengers per annum (mppa) from its current cap of 18 mppa.

The preferred option would involve construction of a new second terminal to the north of the runway. To compensate for the partial use of Wigmore Valley Park, new parkland and open space would be provided over a larger area to the east of the existing park.

The proposals are of a scale that require an application to the government for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to authorise the expansion. The final decision will be made by the Secretary of State for Transport, not Luton Council.

Our proposal remains in the early stages of development, and you can find out more on the future luton website.

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.

To read more about the contribution LTN makes to the local, regional and national economy, please download the 2015 Oxford Economics report on the economic impact of London Luton Airport (PDF).

To find out more about our development projects, please visit our Enterprise Zone and Development 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