Those who have already been to London Luton airport know that it consists of a small cosy terminal where, until recently, there was not much to do when the waiting time for a flight was long, even though its dining and shopping offer was good.
Luton is the airport that normally welcomes passengers who –due to either leisure or business purposes- fly with low-cost airlines such as Easyjet, Monarch, Blue Air, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook, Air Nostrum, Iberia, Vueling and Transavia, or who are departing from London towards the main European cities with the aforementioned companies.
As a result of the increasing importance of Luton to Great Britain’s air travel, new room for improvement has been detected and so the terminal is undergoing a transformation with the aim of expanding the offer of services and establishments for passengers, while there will also be an enhancement of the handling of security proceedings and customer service.
The new distribution of the London Luton terminal
To begin with, the security filter has been relocated in the ground floor, featuring new equipment that helps speeding up the whole process. Furthermore, this section is being expanded in order to incorporate a higher number of lanes to access the security control area, as well as a larger amount of seats for travellers. All this, together with improved signposting, will reduce transfer and waiting times to the maximum.
This way, the traveller can spend more time in the restricted departures area, where brand new designer shops are being added, along with cosy cafés, bars and restaurants. And keeping the Duty Free lovers in mind, Luton has some good news: Kurt Geiger and Victoria’s Secret items can now be purchased in its Duty Free store.
If you are a business traveller flying to London and you require lodging that is close to this airport, we recommend some hotels near London Luton airport; if, on the contrary, it is more convenient for you to stay in the downtown of the British capital, you must take the bus shuttle connecting Luton to Luton Parkway railway station and, from that point, take a First Capital Connect train to King’s Cross/Saint Pancras. Provided that you stay in the surroundings of this train station, you will be within short walking distance to the British Museum, London University and the popular Oxford Street, so you are advised to book a hotel room in King’s Cross (London).
Extra features in the remodelled Luton airport in London
Passengers holding a boarding pass may, either in order to ensure they won’t miss their flight or to enjoy a longer time in the duty free shops, purchase a ticket to use the Priority Lane for passing through the security filter. There are booths inside the Luton terminal specifically designed for this purchase. The pass costs 5 pounds and can be used between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. When asked by the staff, all we need to do to be granted privileged access is to show them our ticket, which can be also acquired online for a reduced fee of 3 pounds before leaving for the airport.
Apart from that, Luton has an Aspire Lounge where passengers can spend the time before boarding, enjoying a wide variety of privileges. Comfortable sofas and sleeping cabins, food, beverages and free WiFi are just some of the advantages of accessing this kind of lounges. The VIP lounge at Luton airport remains open from 4:30 a.m. and paying 25 pounds grants us the right to stay 3 hours inside it.
The lounge offers other services for an additional cost which can be booked in advance or upon arrival, like Spa treatments, including manicure and pedicure, massages and facial care.