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Old 16th Aug 2022, 11:18
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SilverJet terminal

What happened to the former SilverJet terminal? I've always wondered what was done with it when SJ ceased operating. I remember reading somewhere that a new airline at the time had planned to use the terminal, and had taken down the SJ signage etc, but not sure what happened to the building after? Is it still there today? It looked great from the TV commercial SilverJet ran when promoting their flights to EWR. I wonder if Luton will ever see transatlantic flights again?
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Old 16th Aug 2022, 13:04
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It was always the corner of the original terminal and is now a staff entrance.
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Old 16th Aug 2022, 23:05
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Grrr

Originally Posted by JW95
What happened to the former SilverJet terminal? I've always wondered what was done with it when SJ ceased operating. I remember reading somewhere that a new airline at the time had planned to use the terminal, and had taken down the SJ signage etc, but not sure what happened to the building after? Is it still there today? It looked great from the TV commercial SilverJet ran when promoting their flights to EWR. I wonder if Luton will ever see transatlantic flights again?
Originally Debonair with the purple bear paw prints leading passengers to check in.........
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Old 17th Aug 2022, 08:05
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Debonair only ever occupied the check-in desks in the original extension to the front of the old terminal. It was built as a covered coach drop off area but later filled in.

Debonair check-in


Silverjet occupied the old terminal corner.


Later, it became a staff security entrance. Note the Silverjet Lounge sign located just inside the door that can just be seen in the above SJ photo.


It then became the temporary arrivals area.


Later still, it once again became a staff entrance again, which remains to this day but even this photo is out of date, as it has moved back to the old entrance, rather than the side, and the whole of the front is now hidden behind a fence.


As for the old debonair check-in area, that later became a chapel, it then got merged into the new build.

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Old 17th Aug 2022, 09:19
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I know itís Luton but 5 Bouncers on the door for Silverjet- those were the days👍
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Old 17th Aug 2022, 09:33
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I completely forgot about the old Debonair check in area! Brings back some happy memories. I always had quite a pleasant experience on Debonair and their product seemed quite good. They just lacked any identity as to what they wanted to be or do.
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Old 17th Aug 2022, 12:12
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Found this photo of their check in area. On an iPad the photo can be tapped to make it full-size.
https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-em...106239953.html

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Old 17th Aug 2022, 13:06
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Originally Posted by LTNman
Found this photo of their check in area
https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-em...106239953.html
Excellent! Feeding my nostalgia now!
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 12:34
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Looks like Wizz Air have moved their Podgorica (Montenegro) operations from Gatwick to Luton from the start of November.

So a nice new additional destination for the airport, operating twice weekly on a Sunday and Wednesday.
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 14:24
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Originally Posted by gdiddy
Looks like Wizz Air have moved their Podgorica (Montenegro) operations from Gatwick to Luton from the start of November.

So a nice new additional destination for the airport, operating twice weekly on a Sunday and Wednesday.
Well that is a surprise but maybe to free up slots at LGW for something else or maybe the booking engine is showing customer postcodes more aligned to North London?
Certainly not the doom and gloom that some predicted with a massive decap South of the River.
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 15:16
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Some of us remember Easyjet starting their first route from Gatwick. Easyjet stayed at Luton but the growth went to Gatwick.
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 15:20
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I thought the first routes were Luton to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Old 18th Aug 2022, 15:27
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Surprised nobody has commented on the Luxair diversion from London City on the 16th. I would imagine that the Southend terminal was closed.
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 16:00
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It ended up parked in the NW corner outside Signatures hangar.

Reported to first hold south of Southend then Stansted before heading to Luton.

Strangely Flightradar24 shows its departure from Luton but not its arrival. The aircraft appears to be a LC night stopper but the last flight of the day went straight into LC on the 15th as did all the flights on the 16th. Flight tracking replay confirms this.

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Originally Posted by compton3bravo
Surprised nobody has commented on the Luxair diversion from London City on the 16th. I would imagine that the Southend terminal was closed.
Doesn't accept Pax diversions!
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 16:57
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Originally Posted by Spanish eyes
Some of us remember Easyjet starting their first route from Gatwick. Easyjet stayed at Luton but the growth went to Gatwick.
A large pool of slots became available + GB Air takeover. A situation not likely to be repeated until 2 runway ops come/if online.
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 17:25
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The Luxair (LX-LQD) arrived at 0745 and departed back to Luxembourg at 1030. Any bad weather this winter is going to be interesting.
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 20:02
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Very strange, as Flightradar24 24 shows the flight being tracked on the 16th as straight into London City without deviation. Clearly it lies.

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Old 18th Aug 2022, 20:20
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Originally Posted by LTNman
Very strange, as Flight tracker 24 shows the flight being tracked on the 16th as straight into London City without deviation. Clearly it lies.
15th into LCY, next day LCY - LUX but div to LTN, then LTN - LUX. As shown FR24.
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 20:42
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Podgorica (Wizzair) seems to be at Ltn for the winter before returning at Lgw for the summer season at 4 weekly.
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