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Old 4th Apr 2024, 10:54
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The airport was good during covid. Now it is standing room only in departures unless the passenger is willing to pay or knows the hidden areas of free seating which is outside the departure lounge. The bonus since October is the 10 to 15 minute slog to get to the pick up area from the terminal. It all feels uniquely Luton and is a lesson of how not to develop an airport.



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Old 4th Apr 2024, 15:43
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Plus on the 25th May Saturday is the European Rugby Champion Final at Tottenham Hotspur ground foowed the following weekend with European Cup final at Wembley with at least one foreign team in the final - fantastic timing!!!
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Plus on the 25th May Saturday is the European Rugby Champion Final at Tottenham Hotspur ground foowed the following weekend with European Cup final at Wembley with at least one foreign team in the final - fantastic timing!!!
The Rugby, if a French Team is in final, it is easy enough to get from St Pancras Eurostar to Tottenham Hale so not much uptake at Luton other than maybe the team.
Champions League at Wembley is a whole different logistic nightmare. With the game at 8pm the crush point at the Airport will be around midnight. No doubt the Summer slot ban for June 1st/2nd will be waved away. Wait and see if any UK teams make it, Arsenal fans obviously not an issue, Man City will use the train.
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Just to clarify there are five French teams left in the competition - Toulouse, Lyon, La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Racing 92 (Paris). Only the latter I would suggest would use Le Shuttle. There are also two Irish teams Leinster and Munster. Also the European Challenge Cup final is played on the Friday evening at the same venue with no end of teams left in from England, Ireland, South Africa, France and Italy so we will have to just wait and see.
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Old 5th Apr 2024, 21:29
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Remarkable how conditions inside the terminal haven’t changed much in 51 years except Luton had a ceiling in those days. Also people were so much smarter. Note this is a different video to the one I put on the Bournemouth thread.

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Note the two Court Line Tristars, nobody moaned about the noise of those engines over Beds & Herts!
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Old 6th Apr 2024, 04:24
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BAC 1-11’s were noisier I seem to remember. Luton peaked at just over 3m passengers back then and had to use a marque but at least the drop off area was right outside the terminal although passengers still got wet walking to the aircraft from the gate. No passport checks at the gate back then either. As for the terminal, it is still in use today but is incorporated into one of many extensions.

Coming back to the here and now, the replacement temporary custom built drop off area has been opened in the mid term car park. Sorry to say it hasn’t made the slightest difference to the traffic queues at peak times which, as I write this, are heading towards the railway bridge on the A505. Off peak it is fine.

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Old 6th Apr 2024, 10:33
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Originally Posted by Spanish eyes
The airport was good during covid. Now it is standing room only in departures unless the passenger is willing to pay or knows the hidden areas of free seating which is outside the departure lounge. The bonus since October is the 10 to 15 minute slog to get to the pick up area from the terminal. It all feels uniquely Luton and is a lesson of how not to develop an airport.
And it's all Rosie at well planned airports with lots of room in West Midlands, Essex & even Norfolk at the moment!
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Old 6th Apr 2024, 13:15
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Originally Posted by pabely
2020 - 2024 -
1,135,800 1,125,737

How long before we are at pre-covid rolling 18m again?
I think the airport is looking to carry a rolling 17.7 million this year.
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Old 9th Apr 2024, 17:25
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Making headway on demolition of fire ravaged car park

As part of LLAís ongoing efforts to further improve passenger access and convenience during the car park construction, a temporary Drop-Off Zone closer to the terminal is being developed and is expected to open this summer.
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As part of LLA’s ongoing efforts to further improve passenger access and convenience during the car park construction, a temporary Drop-Off Zone closer to the terminal is being developed and is expected to open this summer. In the interim period, a free drop-off and pick-up zone continues to operate from LLA’s Mid-Stay car park – a short walk to the Terminal building with a frequent shuttle bus service.
All this has been second guessed on Pprune. The only thing that hasn’t been guessed is the CTA drop off fee. I am thinking £10 per car using number plate readers.
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Updated Drone footage for CP2
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Their insurance policy also included loss of income so their next set of accounts will make an interesting read.
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Interesting drone update of removal. Who operates that drone?
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Thanks for the old LTN film. The smart dresses and collar and ties are how it used to be. I also see that the steps up to the Tristars had covers against wind and rain, don't see those anymore. Not to mention, in the aerial shots from the light a/c - the empty roads!
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Originally Posted by S.o.S.
Interesting drone update of removal. Who operates that drone?
Only the airport themselves would have permission to fly such a drone within the CTA or airport boundaries.
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Originally Posted by S.o.S.
Interesting drone update of removal. Who operates that drone?
Possibly the same person/company that took the footage of the DART under construction.
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Old 12th Apr 2024, 17:26
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Construction update

I thought the new midterm drop off area was open but it is not. It looks like a dogs dinner with gravel kerbsides. How long before water filled potholes appear, as drivers go on full lock without moving to get out of a tight space? This is so typically Luton, do half a job and save a bit of money. This will do nothing to improve the airports reputation, as it is not even open yet but still looks a mess.


Passengers waiting to be picked up at the yet to open drop off area. They had a long wait before giving up.


This guy had an interesting walk. Everytime he met someone walking in the oppose direction there was an impasse.


Work has started again on the CTA drop off area.


Work continues on removing the fire ravaged car park. 6 months has past since the great fire of Luton Airport.

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Old 12th Apr 2024, 18:17
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Is it maybe possible that itís not open due to waiting for tarmacking over the gravel?
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Old 12th Apr 2024, 18:45
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The question then is why tarmac the ends of the rows but not the kerbside bits. As it has not opened yet maybe they will return but then why leave it in the first place?
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