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Old 15th Mar 2013, 18:03
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Before



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Old 15th Mar 2013, 19:31
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still miss after work drinks at the flying club
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Old 15th Mar 2013, 20:20
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Site of the former flying club that will soon become another apron. (note the temporary fences crossing the apron)


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Old 15th Mar 2013, 23:23
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Oh.. the Flying Club Bar, many a happy evening/morning spent wasted....
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Old 15th Mar 2013, 23:36
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Hard to believe this was once the approach road to the old terminal



This is how it was when the approach road was originally closed so the new terminal could be built. The lamp post on the left is the reference point in both photos. Note the traffic lights for the aircraft crossing

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Old 16th Mar 2013, 01:58
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I remember it well, just stroll up right and do a flight plan....
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Old 16th Mar 2013, 10:53
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Grrr

Very interesting, thanks LTNman, it certainly has changed!

Flight plans being filed in the old wooden ex terminal.
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Old 16th Mar 2013, 21:06
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I see there is yet another hotel application been submitted. This time it is for an 8 story hotel located on the former Mondi Packaging premises. Location map can be seen on document 14. PlanNet - Luton Borough Council.

The website is always off line overnight

There is another hotel application for land further up the hill oposite the Ibis

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Old 17th Mar 2013, 09:15
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I gather none of the Hotel companies can get planning permission to build one of those huge hotels that reach up high into the sky? It seems there is a huge need for hotel rooms yet 4 or 5 little ones pop up here there and everywhere instead.
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Old 19th Mar 2013, 07:49
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Terminal Pax

Does anyone know what Luton's passenger figures are for February?
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Old 19th Mar 2013, 14:10
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Can't see it on CAA Web site.
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Old 19th Mar 2013, 21:12
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Adria will not resume its "seasonal" LJU-LTN service.

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Old 20th Mar 2013, 02:56
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In late spring 2012, I arrived at the terminal around 5:45 am for a 7 am flight, and found it took over an hour from joining the queue near the check-in desks to clearing the security hall - it took about 30 mins in the queue just to reach the bottom of the main staircase. At the time, I recall all security lanes open and staff advised it was quite normal with no particular systems failure on the day. I recall also Ryanair passengers being told to use a separate gate for screening.

I know Luton airport has a history of underinvestment, but does this kind of queue length still occur, or has the root cause of 1+ hour delays now been solved ? Luton is my local airport and I prefer to use it if possible, but wondering if I need to choose an alternate London airport to avoid being treated like s--t
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Old 20th Mar 2013, 03:57
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May I suggest David that you left it rather late to arrive at 5.45 for a 7am flight. Should you not have given yourself more time say 5am at the latest to get through security, etc and relaxed for a bit and had a coffee, etc. knowing that you were there in plenty of time for your flight and the last time I was there in early February the traffic was beginning to build up at 4.45am for a 7.20 flight and I wasn´t treated like s**t!

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Old 20th Mar 2013, 04:47
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The airport opened a peak time only Security Zone 2 last year which reduced the queues. The issue was that passengers had to follow the signs and leave the new terminal and re-enter the old terminal at the former SilverJet entrance. Once cleared passengers found that they then had a long walk to the main departure lounge and then equally another long walk if their gate was back by the exist of Security Zone 2.

This is far from satisfactory and shows the urgent need to get on with the building over of the bus station which will allow a much bigger security area to move downstairs.


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Old 20th Mar 2013, 08:19
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The last place I want to linger is the crowded Luton terminal, 1 1/4 hours seems quiet appropriate to me.
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Old 20th Mar 2013, 10:39
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Grrr

For a 07:00 departure, you would need to be at the gate by 06:30, so arriving in the tinminal at 05:45 is rather cutting it fine. I guess all London airports would have lengthy queues at this time of the morning.
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Old 20th Mar 2013, 11:31
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Security screening at SEN tends to be the exception to that in my experience, although the lack of an early train to get there for one of the first departures is still annoying.
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Old 20th Mar 2013, 12:13
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One of Luton's major airlines closes checkin just 40 mins before departure. This seems incompatible with expecting to have to spend over an hour queuing for security.

Methinks some people are just too accustomed to Luton's low standards. I believe the CAA would take a dim view of security queues regularly being an hour at regulated airports like Gatwick
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Old 20th Mar 2013, 13:19
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Gatwick South was a breeze when I last used it thanks to the new area upstairs. It was crap in BAA days.
These problems need more investment, hence the Terminal Expension plan.
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