Luton is London’s fourth largest airport, and is situated some 30 miles north of the capital near the main M1 motorway. It is a busy gateway for low cost carriers and holiday charter airlines, and the home base of easyJet and TUI Airways. Ryanair and Wizz Air also have a heavy presence. A number of cargo airliners pass through each day.
Luton is perhaps best known amongst enthusiasts for the large variety of business jets which pass through on a regular basis. The airport has many ramps and hangars dedicated to this traffic, which can be a little difficult to navigate around and see everything, but there are always plenty to see including some unusual visitors.
Paul Williams has provided this detailed guidet to plane spotting at London Luton.
Spotting Locations at Luton
Multi Storey Car Parks 1 & 2
You can get a good view across the Runway, South Apron, Taxiway DELTA & FOXTROT as well as Signature FBO, Gulfstream hangar and the main apron.
Views like these can be had from the car park.
Holiday Inn Express
The hotel has good views overlooking the runway. If you email the hotel and ask for a runway view the hotel will try to accommodate where possible due to availability.
From the hotel if you walk along the main road where the red line goes you can get views like the pictures below.
Long Stay Car Park
The long stay car park is a very good point for spotting. If you park anywhere within the red area you will be able to get photos like these below.
This picture shows the car park behind the VistaJet and you can also get good views of North Apron, East Apron & Stand 62 area.
Chiltern Green Road
Down on Chiltern Green Road it’s only a small area and gets busy very quick.
From here you can see across the runway to the South Apron.
Our thanks to Paul Williams for this report.
Photos taken by Robert Camp / Luton Spotters Lutonspotter@groups.io
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