Luton airport is the smallest of the four London airports and has recently fallen to sixth position in the UK behind Manchester and Edinburgh airports. Notwithstanding this the airport still flies 9 million passengers a year to destinations throughout the world but is known more as a holiday airport primarily providing flights to Europe.
The airport is located 32 miles from central London adjacent to the M1 motorway at junction 10 and 15 minutes from the M25.
Easyjet established a base at the airport in November 1995 and during the last 15 years has been one of the main factors in the airports growth along with fellow low cost operator Ryanair and between them they fly to over 50 destinations.
The airport has introduced a fairly draconian policy of fining anyone dropping off customers on approach roads and outside the terminal of 80 which is reduced to 40 if paid within 14 days. To avoid this penalty you can either pay the 1 charge for up to 10 minutes and the passengers can then walk to the terminal which is 2 minutes away.
If you intend to travel to the airport and leave your car while you are away there are three on airport parking options namely; short mid and long term with the short term being the most expensive and the long term the cheapest.
An alternative to on airport parking is to opt for the one off airport car park which is around 10 minutes from the airport with transfers every 20 minutes 24 hours a day. This car park also offers a hybrid including the option to add a return greet whereby you park at the facility in the normal manner but upon your return your car will be waiting for you close to the arrivals terminal.
The last parking solution is to use a full Meet and Greet service and three companies offer this service making your parking an effortless and hassle free event where you are able to leave and collect your car close to the terminals.
The last parking opportunity is to stay at a hotel close to the airport and start your holiday early by having a leisurely drive down to the airport the day before.
At the last count eight hotels are offering this service and your car will either be parked at the hotel or you will drive to the secure off airport car park mentioned above and transfer from there and the return greet option can also be added.