London Luton Airport, A Bird's Eye View
The Skies Over Luton
Happy Birthday to Luton Airport 75 and still going strong
This is a small tribute to Luton airport. For those of you who have never heard of Luton, it is a town in Bedfordshire England. Luton was famous for hat making and is currently home to the Luton Town Football Club, a football team who once beat the mighty Arsenal at Wembley in a cup final.
Luton was also home to a large Vauxhall Motors factory, the head office of Vauxhall Motors is still situated in Luton town.
Luton Airport was opened in 1938, just before the second World War, and served as a base for the Royal Air Force. It was reverted back to the local council after the war.
Previously known as Luton International Airport, it is currently the fourth largest airport serving the London area.
Luton saw 9.5 million passengers passed through its airport in 2011, making Luton the fifth busiest airport in the UK.
Airlines flying from Luton are Easy Jet, Monarch Airlines, Thompson Airways and Ryanair. The majority of routes are within Europe, with some charter and scheduled routes to North Africa and Asia.
Luton became Famous in 1976, when Campari made a TV ad. featuring the Luton model and actress Loraine Chase. The actress played a Cockney girl being romanced by an upper crust charmer, he famously asked if she was truly wafted from paradise, she replied. "No Luton Airport" A very successful Ad campaign for Campari. The ads. were written by Vernon Howe, the master mind behind the 'Heineken refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach' advertisement campaign and many more.
Luton became infamous when on the back of the Campari ads. a four- piece all girl band called Cats, had a hit single with..... "Luton Airport"
Pretty Bird over Luton
Nimbly she dances
Gliding high amidst the clouds
Her plumage of steel
Arriving and Departing
Traversing the sky
From exotic foreign land
Back Home to Luton Airport
To Luton she drifts
With a soft decline she lands-