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Getting to Luton Airport is easy with our helpful guide. You'll also find useful unofficial information on Luton Airport Parking. This simple guide is ideal to plan your safe and timely arrival at the airport.

Suitcase Survival Guide ...

In this area of the Luton Airport Information site you will find carefully put together unofficial information for passengers before leaving home, arriving at the airport and on your flight. So whether you need some simple advice on Luton Airport parking, travelling with children, disabilities or special needs or just getting to Luton read on...


Getting to Luton ...

Located south of Luton town, London Luton Airport is very easily accessible by road, rail, taxi, car and bus.

Visit the ‘Getting to the Airport’ section in this Information Guide for more unofficial information on travelling to London by:

Luton Airport Parking ...

Choose from a variety of Luton Airport parking options - whether you need it to fit your budget, length of stay or level of service.

The short stay car park is recommended for stays of up to five hours or for those persons collecting or dropping off passengers at Luton Airport.

If passengers are travelling away for a few days or more long stay parking is more suitable. If this is the case passengers have a choice of two car parking options: long stay parking with a transfer to the airport terminal, or meet and greet valet parking with no transfer, just direct airport arrival.

Valet meet and greet parking is available at Luton Airport and means passengers do not need to worry about a transfer from a remote car park to the terminal, or the inconvenience of getting family or heavy luggage (sports equipment for example) on and off of the bus. It also saves valuable time, prudent for business travellers.

Meet and greet valet parking allows passengers to simply leave their car at a pre-arranged time with the meet and greet company representative at the airport terminal, before moving quickly to check in. Their vehicle is stored in a secure parking compound and then delivered back right outside the terminal on the passenger's return.

Meet and greet parking at Luton Airport provides airline travellers with the ultimate hassle free start - and finish - to their holiday or business trip.  Again, the service is perfect for families with young children, people with heavy bags or sports equipment, corporate travellers, and people with disabilities.

Passengers can expect to pay £83 for one week and £118 for two weeks, depending on the operator you choose.

It is strongly advised that passegners pre-booking their meet and greet valet parking to ensure availability.
Another quick link into the terminal at Luton Airport is the Fast Track parking option, located within the short stay car park.  Prices start from £11.00 for 24 hours or part thereof.

Luton Airport ...

It is best, upon arrival at Luton Airport, that passengers move straight to check-in. Not only the best in terms of the time it may take to check-in but also it's easier to grab a coffee or take a wander around the shops without all your heavy baggage.

Do bear in mind, when leaving your home, that security has increased considerably recently, and the length of time that it takes to check in and move through all of the security checks has increased. Therefore do leave a little earlier than even your best made plans.

  Type Of Flight Check In Time
  Long Haul Flights 3 HOURS before departure
  European Flights 2 HOURS before departure
  UK & Northern Ireland Flights 1 HOUR before departure

It is vitally important to ensure your and your families' safety that you do not leave your luggage unattended, or with any other passengers at any time. This also applies to hand luggage.

Likewise, you must never look after another passenger's baggage. Under no circumstances must you carry another passenger's hand luggage onto the aircraft either.

Do alert a member of staff at the Airport immediately if you notice any unattended packages.

Once you've checked in you will need to know your boarding gate number. This will be displayed for a short time before your flight and can be found on the unofficial information display boards in the departure lounge. You should make your way promptly to the gate number as in large airports it can take up to 30 minutes to reach the distant boarding gates.

You can find further unofficial information on the security checks that you will be required to pass through between the check-in desks and boarding the Aircraft in the Airport Safety and Security section of this Fly Guide.

Your Flight ...

The following unofficial information helps you with your all important hand luggage, and then onto travelling with young children and travelling with disabilities or special needs. Make sure you're completely prepared for both and you will have nothing but a relaxing, enjoyable flight!

So you're on a flight - possibly even long haul, so you could be on it for hours and hours. So what will you need in your hand luggage? No, hand luggage isn't just for cash, keys, passports and tickets. What about prescribed medication, valuables you don't want in your main luggage? Any decongestants if you've got a cold? If you suffer from travel sickness, make sure you have packed remedies, i.e. pills or wrist bands. Even a lightweight top to change into in case of delays, and a toothbrush to help freshen up!

In-flight meals - be warned that Airline food can be a bit on the small side so if you or any of your flight party are prone to getting hungry it's worth having a good meal before you get onto the plane. You might want to pack some snacks too - although not fruit or dairy products as these are prohibited by Customs. It's better to pack some snacks as whilst you can buy them on the flight the choice is limited and expensive.

In-flight entertainment - if you're on a long-haul flight you would normally have a selection of movies and TV programmes to watch, but it is still worth taking a book, a few magazines, your personal stereo and music.

Keeping comfortable on your flight can be tricky. Cabin pressure and the atmosphere can cause swollen hands and feet and dry skin which can be quite uncomfortable. To avoid this as much as you can drink lots of water before and during the flight and avoid alcohol, or at the very least limit the amount you have. It's worth taking a small bottle of moisturiser for the flight to help dry skin too. You'll also find that it can get very cold in the cabin so pack/wear a warm jumper (and if you don't need it, it can double up as a pillow to help you get some sleep!).

And finally, think about packing some earplugs and an eye mask if you have trouble sleeping with the normal aircraft and passenger noises.

You've probably heard about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). It's a serious condition where blood clots develop in the deep veins of the legs. Evidence shows that long-haul flights, especially when passengers have little or no exercise, may increase the risk of developing DVT.

Do make a conscious effort to walk around the aircraft as and when you can. Make a point of every hour doing a little bit of stretching - wiggle your toes and do some simple leg stretches, clench your bottom a few tips - all help to try and get the blood circulating.

For more advice on DVT, who is more at risk and how to help prevent it, visit the Department of Health website.- Click Here

Finally, read our article below - ‘Tips on Staying Comfortable When Flying’ before you travel.
  Staying Comfortable When Flying
  1. Upgrade Ask for a complimentary upgrade to first or business class - they are rare but you never know...  
  2. Front Row Seats Failing that, ask for a front row seat or a seat by an emergency exit.  These seats normally have extra leg room.  
3. Aisle Seats Or, ask for an aisle seat so at least one of you can get some extra leg room - or swap seats occasionally so you can all have a turn at stretching out.  
4. Pillow Think about investing in a blow up neck supporter pillow to help you sleep, or just to cat-nap. Ear plugs can also help to shut out some of the onboard noises, so you can get to sleep easier. And an eye mask helps to block out light all aiding to get some shut eye.
5. Painful Ears Special ear plugs such as Earplanes can help eliminate painful ears during take off or landing. These ear plugs equalise the air pressure on each side of the ear drum thus easing the pain caused during a flight.

What's more, these ear plugs are especially useful if you have a cold or allergy / sinus problems. 
6. Dehydration Drink plenty of water. It will keep you hydrated. Pack a bottle in your hand luggage to sip throughout the flight. Also try and avoid alcohol (or do seriously consider limiting the amount you consume).
7. Snacks Pack a variety of snacks for you and your party even if you are having an in-flight meal as they can be a bit small.
8. Anxiety Flight anxiety can be very upsetting. Do talk to your Doctor before you travel if you suffer very badly. Alternatively learn some simple breathing skills that you can use on the flight to reduce your stress and calm you down.  You might find that a crossword or a book can help to take your mind of the flight. 

Travelling with Young Children ...

Flights can be boring for most adults so it's no wonder children can get very fed up and restless during a flight. Here are some top tips on keeping the children amused when travelling with young children, toddlers or babies.

Make sure you have packed plenty of things for your children to do when on the flight - colouring books and crayons, puzzles and sticker books all help to keep your children amused. If you can, why not buy a few new, inexpensive activities for your children to do. You could try wrapping them up so the actual opening is an amusement too.

Children are offered in-light entertainment packs by most airlines. These are great but offer limited entertainment so if you are travelling long haul it is still advised that you pack some additional things for your children.

Travelling with a baby can be a daunting thought - but be prepared, with everything in your hand luggage and you will both be fine. Don't forget to pack plenty of baby food or formula milk just in case of delays, finger foods, cold water sterilising tablets, teething rings, spare nappies and nappy sacks. A selection of their favourite toys and also a blanket from home to help them drop off to sleep.

Also pack some warm clothes for your baby as the cabin can get very cold.

Travelling With Disabilities / Special Needs ...

Nowadays airlines are very well prepared to help persons flying with disabilities or special needs. It is advised however to contact your airline in advance of travel to highlight any special assistance that is required. It is also advised, when booking your flight, that any special assistance is covered in the cost of the ticket price.

In some cases Airlines will ask passengers with disabilities to transfer to an airline wheelchair at check-in.  Should persons prefer to stay in their own wheelchair to boarding, double check with the airline if this is possible before you leave for the airport.

Do be aware that many large airport can have boarding gates very far away from the departure lounge - some taking as long as 30 minutes. Therefore do set off to your boarding gate as soon as possible from when the gate number is announced.

It maybe persons require a special assistance vehicle to get them through to the departure lounge or boarding gate. Passengers should pre-arrange the use of these vehicles to prevent any delays in the airport.
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