Luton Airport was opened in 1938, and during the Second World War it served as a base for the RAF. In the 1960s it played an important part in the development of the package holiday, and then in the 1990s it was at the forefront of making air travel even more affordable for the public by becoming easyJet’s first base.
London Luton Airport, as it is now known, is the UK’s fifth largest airport and in 2013 handled 9.7 million passengers, flying to over 100 destinations worldwide. 96% of those flew on scheduled carriers, including low-cost airlines, and 89% flew to international destinations, the most popular of which were Budapest, Amsterdam and Dublin. The airport has one terminal, designed by the acclaimed Foster and Partners, and has one runway.
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Luton Airport offers a large selection of car parking options. There are many Meet and Greet services, some of which offer car cleaning and even servicing while you are away. Some pass on the exit charge (around £3.80) to clients while others bear this cost themselves. There are also the usual on-site and off-site car parks and even one company which accepts larger vehicles, which can often be a problem. For a week’s car parking you can expect to pay between £22.99 and £78.99 (prices valid for April 2014).
LTN Meet and Greet – Wash and Vac
If you are not only looking for a standard Meet and Greet service but also want to come back to a pristine vehicle, then this will be of interest to you. It operates the usual sort of Meet and Greet from a designated area outside the terminal building but, in addition, washes and waxes your car, vacuums inside, dresses the tyres, polishes the dashboard and cleans the windows inside and out. All drivers are not only fully insured but also CRB checked meaning you have peace of mind leaving your car with them.
Postcode: LU2 9LY
Luton Airport is served by a huge variety of Meet and Greet companies, for more details on each and every one of them please use links above.
Luton Airparks Services
This off-site car park is five miles from Luton, and transfer buses run every 20 minutes. The journey should take less than 10 mins but is likely to take longer in rush-hour. The car park has been recently revamped and new technology means that the check-in process is quick and painless. Large heated bus shelters mean that even if you have to wait the full 20 minutes for a transfer, you won’t be cold. Between the hours of 23.20 and 04.00 transfers run on request. Keys must be left with the car park operator.
Postcode: LU1 4BZ
Other off-site car parks include Luton Airport CarParkz, Luton APL Park and Ride, Luton Paige Airport Parking Ltd and Luton Pink Pig Parking.
Luton Long Term Parking
This is the official on-site long term car park and is situated just a 10-minute bus ride from the terminal. Transfers operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week and are fully accessible for disabled travellers. In addition, bus drivers are happy to lend a hand getting on and off the bus. Assistance in getting to the check-in desk can also be called for from the Special Assistance Help Point. It is possible just to turn up and pay, but good discounts are available for those booking ahead.
Postcode: LU2 9LY
Luton Short Term Parking
This is the closest on-site car park to the terminal building, just a few minutes’ walk away. The most competitive prices require pre-booking, but it is possible just to turn up and pay if you are travelling at short notice. A Special Assistance Help Point is available for passengers with special needs.
Postcode: LU2 9LY
Official on-site parking is also available at Luton Mid Term Parking.
Luton Central Car Storage
If you plan on driving to the airport in a van, you may find it hard to find a car park that can accommodate your vehicle. As well as providing long term car and van storage facilities for local businesses, this company has been in the airport parking business since 1966 and may be just what you need. It is conveniently situated only a mile from the airport meaning that the transfer is a mere five minute drive in one of their minibuses. Extra time should of course be allowed at peak times. Contented customers report that the company has gone the extra mile, for instance defrosting windscreens in bad weather.
Postcode: LU2 0SX
Luton Airport Hotel Parking
If travelling on long haul and in need of some peace and a good sleep before setting off, these London Luton hotels
will offer accommodation to suit any budget. Some airport hotels offer really competitive accommodation and parking packages, so it’s always worth inquiring directly.