Luton has a great track record when it comes to attracting high-quality airlines (transporting people and freight), ground-based infrastructure businesses and multinational aerospace manufacturing firms and their supply chain.
The current expansion of London Luton Airport combined with the new Enterprise Zone will see this sector really take off in Luton over the next few years.
The aviation sector in Luton comprises of three distinct types of activities:
- London Luton Airport and related ground-based infrastructure
- aerospace manufacturing businesses
London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in Europe. In 2018 it welcomed 16.6m passengers flying to more than 140 destinations across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Easily accessed from London, the airport is ideally located for inward investors and business travellers. Ryanair, easyJet, Wizz Air and TUI all have bases at the airport. Passengers are offered an extensive choice of scheduled and charter services.
There are also significant aircraft engineering operations, regular cargo flights to major European hubs operated courtesy of major freight carriers. The airport’s proximity to London has further led to a rapid growth in private jet activity in recent years.
The government’s white paper on the future of air transport gives London Luton Airport a prominent place in the provision of air services in the South East of England in the period to 2050.
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Key businesses in sector
Companies like to locate where there is already a history of successful investment. Luton has a great track record when it comes to attracting high-quality businesses, with many operating internationally. This includes large multi-national companies who have chosen Luton for their UK or European headquarters, and many are high-profile names.