London Luton Airport

We provide Air Traffic Control (ATC) services at 13 UK airports. At London Luton Airport we provide tower and engineering services.

Tower Services

This is an ATC service provided for the airport and surrounding airspace. The controllers will look out of the tower windows, as well as at the ATC equipment, to give aircraft clearance to taxi, take-off and land.


An engineering team, based at the airport, are responsible for maintaining air traffic control services, such as radar and the Instrument Landing System (ILS). As well as monitoring things the engineering team are responsible for carrying out preventative and corrective maintenance on a daily basis.

The Operation: 2019

The tower was opened in 1995. NATS has been providing an ATC service at Luton since 2000.

  • Flights: 141,858 (+4% on 2018)
  • Passengers: 18m (+9% change on 2018)
  • Busiest ranking: 5th—UK’s busiest airport (flights)

Annual flight movements (historical)



In 2016, London Luton Airport became the fastest growing London airport. London Luton Airport now has 14 airlines flying to 149 airports.

  • Furthest direct route travelled to: Kutaisi, Georgia
  • Most travelled to destination: Amsterdam
  • Airports served: 147

The Airport

The airport is currently investing £110m in improvements to the terminal, road infrastructure and airside area.

  • Height of tower: 65.5m
  • Runway: 2,160m x 46m

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