London Luton EGGW LTN
London Luton airport is the sixth busiest airport in the UK, catering for just under 10 million passengers in 2013. The majority of routes cater for destinations within Europe, and a few further afield. Luton is home to many low cost carriers, and a few British tour operators.
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Key Details
Name London Luton
ICAO EGGW
IATA LTN
FIR EGTT
Latitude 51.87469864
Longitude -0.36833301
Elevation 526 ft
Procedures

Aircraft which are departing London Luton IFR should, wherever possible, file a Standard Instrument Departure (SID).  When following a SID, due to the interaction with other routes, initial altitudes must be observed.  The maximum speed under FL100 is 250KIAS

Positioning flights to London Heathrow Airport or Northolt will be cleared to BNN VOR via Non Airways Departure Routes November or Uniform as appropriate and will be allocated a level within controlled airspace prior to departure. 

Taxiway restrictions:

Wide bodied aircraft must not route via Echo 1 in any direction. Maximum size B757/A321 permitted under power. 

Aircraft up to size of a B763 may use the compass base. (Q1)

On first contact with Luton ATC you must state your aircraft type, stand number, ATIS code letter (if received) and the QNH you currently have. Before pushback, aircraft will be asked to state whether they require a backtrack for departure.

Aircraft who are inbound via a STAR must follow the routing and level/speed restrictions as laid out in the appropriate chart.  Normally, on the network aircraft will be vectored from either ABBOT or BKY to final approach descending where appropriate.  Aircraft must not however proceed beyond LOREL or ABBOT without ATC clearance but instead should enter the hold at either ABBOT or LOREL and await further instructions.  Essex Radar (ESSEX_APP) handle's the stacks and these are detailed below.  

LOREL: (Left hand turn's, Inbound Course: 189)

ABBOT: (Right hand turn's, Inbound Course: 267)

1 minute legs. Standard Holding Speeds for the LTMA apply.  (Up to and including FL140: 220kts, At FL150 and above Standard ICAO Holding Speeds)

From the stacks Essex Radar will hand inbound aircraft to Luton Radar who will vector the aircraft onto base and finally final approach for the appropriate runway.

Aircraft should not vacate via taxiway C upon arrival at Luton, unless instructed to do so by ATC.

VFR Circuits

VFR circuits are to the south of the airfield at an altitude of 1500ft or a height of 1000ft.  Aircraft wishing to fly VFR circuits should indicate this on initial contact with Luton Ground and expect taxi instructions to the relevant holding point.  Once at the hold clearance will be granted,subject to current traffic situations.  

VRPs

  • A1 (M) Junction 4 (SE)
  • Kimpton Hall (SE)
  • M1 Junction 8 (S)
  • M1 Junction 9 (S)
  • Hyde (S)
  • Pirton (N)
  • Offley (N)

 

Departing

Aircraft who wish to depart the zone should contact Luton Ground for taxi clearance to the relevant holding point. Once at the holding point Luton Tower will issue the zone exit clearance via the appropriate VRP and usually instruct the aircraft to maintain an altitude of not above 1500ft.  Once the aircraft is airborne and clear of any other traffic in the ATZ (Aerodrome Traffic Zone) it will be handed off to Luton Radar. 

Arriving

Aircraft wishing to enter the Luton CTR/CTA should contact Essex Radar at least 5 minutes before the CTR/CTA boundary.  VFR flights will be instructed to route towards the relevant VRP and if there is a delay remain clear of the CTR/CTA. Clearance to enter the CTR/CTA will usually have an altitude restriction of not above 1500ft to reduce any conflict with IFR flights.  Once the aircraft is visual with the airfield they will be handed off to Luton Tower.  

General

Aircraft flying VFR should, wherever possible, file a flight plan to assist controllers in facilitating the requested routing.  VFR Pilots are also strongly recommended to have either an appropriate VFR Chart or for flying within the Luton Control Zone and Control Area Chart 2-EGGW-4-1)

Additional Information

In the absence of Luton Radar, Essex Radar covers the position top down, and will therefore also cover the airport top down when no aerodrome control positions are online.

Special VFR

Special VFR clearance may be given to aircraft wishing to fly within the Luton CTR if the traffic situation permits.  Aircraft will normally be cleared to not above altitude 1500ft and use the North/South lane utilising the following VRPs:

  • Pirton
  • Offley
  • M1 Junction 8
  • Hyde

Aircraft will generally cross the airport at the mid point for Runway 08/26.  

Pilots must remain clear of cloud and insight of the surface at all times.  

SVFR Clearances will not be issued when there is a reported visibility of 1800m or less and/or a cloud ceiling of less than 600ft.  

Helicopter Operations

Helicopter's operating under VFR will normally be required to route via the following VRP's.

  • From/To the North: (Pirton - Offley)
  • From/To the South and South East: (A1 [M], Junction 4 - Kimpton Hall  - Hyde)
  • From/To the South and Southwest: (M1, Junction 8 - M1, Junction 9 - Hyde)
  • From/To London Stansted: (Puckeridge - Kimpton Hall - Hyde)

Typically helicopters will be restricted to not above altitude 1500ft on the Luton QNH.  

As there is no Helicopter landing area, helicopters arriving or departing from/to south of the aerodrome may be instructed to land/takeoff at Bravo 1 or Charlie 1.   All other helicopters are required to land and takeoff via the main runway.  

IFR Departures:

Aircraft not departing via a SID should pass their requested routing to Luton Ground on initial contact. All Non Standard departures will require a release from Luton Radar and may require coordination with other ATC.  In periods of heavy traffic pilots are advised that non standard departures may be refused and that they should, wherever possible, file a SID. 

All IFR departures must follow the relevant noise abatement procedure for the runway in use. These can be found in EGGW AD Textual Dta Section 2.21. 

IFR Arrivals:

Aircraft wishing to enter the Luton CTA or CTR should request clearance to do so at least 10 minutes before the CTA/CTR  boundary.   When clearance has been received, the inbound aircraft will be routed to integrate with the current traffic situation.  


Navigation Aids
Type Identifier Frequency
NDB LUT 345.000 MHz
Runways
Runway Mag. Bearing Dimensions Surface Type
26 256° 2160m x 46m Asphalt
08 076° 2160m x 46m Asphalt
ATC Stations
Callsign Name Frequency
LON_CTR London Control 123.900
LON_SC_CTR London Control 132.600
LON_C_CTR London Control 127.100
ESSEX_APP Essex Radar 120.625
EGGW_APP Luton Radar 129.550
EGGW_TWR Luton Tower 132.550
EGGW_GND Luton Ground 121.750
EGGW_DEL Luton Delivery 121.675
Standard Instrument Departures
Identifier Runway Initial Altitude
CPT3B 26 5000ft Via CPT; L9 N14 Westbound, N859 Y321 N866 Southbound.
DET7B 26 5000ft L6, Q70 and for landing at London/Gatwick (EGKK)
JULIET 26 4000ft Non Airway Departure - for flights to London Stansted. Applicable to both IFR and VFR flights. VFR flights should remain below 3500ft due to Class A airspace at 3500ft and above. Aircraft are to use the Luton QNH until instructed to change to the Stansted QNH. Maximum speed is 250KIAS, maximum holding speed at LOREL is 220KIAS. The LOREL hold is not contained within controlled airspace at 4000ft, should holding be required climb on instruction by ATC to 5000ft.
KILO 26 4000ft Non Airway Departure - for leaving controlled airspace. Please note that the initial altitude reflects the altitude that should be obtained to leave controlled airspace. Due to Class A Airspace VFR aircraft following this route should remain below 3500ft. See Chart for full details (AD 2 -EGGW-6-7).
MATCH2Y 26 5000ft Q295 and for flights to London/City (EGLC) and Biggin Hill (EGKB)
MIKE 26 240000ft Non Airway Departure - for leaving controlled airspace. Please note that the initial altitude reflects the altitude that should be obtained to leave controlled airspace. See Chart for full details (AD 2 -EGGW-6-7).
NOVEMBER 26 240000ft Non Airway Departure - for leaving controlled airspace. Please note that the initial altitude reflects the altitude that should be obtained to leave controlled airspace. See Chart for full details (AD 2 -EGGW-6-7).
OLNEY1B 26 5000ft T420, N57 Northbound.
PAPA 26 3000ft Non Airway Departure - for leaving controlled airspace. Please note that the initial altitude reflects the altitude that should be obtained to leave controlled airspace. See Chart for full details (AD 2 -EGGW-6-7).
CPT6C 08 4000ft Via CPT; L9 N14 Westbound, N859 Y321 N866 Southbound.
DET6C 08 5000ft L6, Q70 and for landing at London/Gatwick (EGKK)
MATCH1C 08 5000ft Q295 and for flights to London/City (EGLC) and Biggin Hill (EGKB)
OLNEY1C 08 6000ft T420, N57 Northbound. *Please note that due to interaction with Luton Inbound's, Luton ATC may impose 4000ft as the initial altitude.
ROMEO 08 4000ft Non Airway Departure - for leaving controlled airspace. Please note that the initial altitude reflects the altitude that should be obtained to leave controlled airspace. Due to Class A Airspace VFR aircraft following this route should remain below 3500ft. See Chart for full details (AD 2 -EGGW-6-6).
SIERRA 08 3000ft Non Airway Departure - for leaving controlled airspace. Please note that the initial altitude reflects the altitude that should be obtained to leave controlled airspace. See Chart for full details (AD 2 -EGGW-6-6).
TANGO 08 240000ft Non Airway Departure - for leaving controlled airspace. Please note that the initial altitude reflects the altitude that should be obtained to leave controlled airspace. See Chart for full details (AD 2 -EGGW-6-6).
UNIFORM 08 240000ft Non Airway Departure - for leaving controlled airspace. Please note that the initial altitude reflects the altitude that should be obtained to leave controlled airspace. See Chart for full details (AD 2 -EGGW-6-6).
VICTOR 08 3000ft Non Airway Departure - for leaving controlled airspace. Please note that the initial altitude reflects the altitude that should be obtained to leave controlled airspace. See Chart for full details (AD 2 -EGGW-6-6).
WHISKEY 08 4000ft Non Airway Departure - for flights to London Stansted. Applicable to both IFR and VFR flights. VFR flights should remain below 3500ft due to Class A airspace at 3500ft and above. Aircraft are to use the Luton QNH until instructed to change to the Stansted QNH. Maximum speed is 250KIAS, maximum holding speed at LOREL is 220KIAS. The LOREL hold is not contained within controlled airspace at 4000ft, should holding be required climb on instruction by ATC to 5000ft.
Standard Terminal Arrival Routes
Identifier Initial Fix
ABBOT1B BARMI B-RNAV STAR. Via: UP7/P7. Routing: BARMI-DITOB-LAPRA-ABBOT. Levels: BARMI - FL260, DITOB (+10nm) - FL220, LAPRA - FL120. Speeds: Maximum 250KIAS at LAPRA and ABBOT. This STAR is only to be used by aircraft approved for B-RNAV operations in UK airspace (Non-approved aircraft use ABBOT 1D). All holding is defined by conventional navigation.
ABBOT1C IDESI B-RNAV STAR. Via: UP20/P20, P49/UP49, UY6/Y6. Routing: IDESI-LAPRA-ABBOT Levels: IDESI (+15nm) - FL220, IDESI - FL180, LAPRA - FL120. Speeds: Maximum 250KIAS at LAPRA and ABBOT. This STAR is only to be used by aircraft approved for B-RNAV operations in UK airspace (Non-approved aircraft use ABBOT 1D). All holding is defined by conventional navigation.
ABBOT1D LOGAN Arrival via L608, L980 (FL100 and below) to LOGAN continue on CLN VOR R110 to CLN VOR then turn right to CLN VOR R298 to ABBOT. (250KIAS by CLN VOR).
ABBOT1E DET Arrival via L10, L613, N57 (FL170 and below) to DET VOR continue on DET VOR R001 to ABBOT. (Used for Positioning flights from London Gatwick [EGKK])
LOREL1B KATHY Arrival via L980 (FL170 and below) to KATHY continue on 027 degrees to HAZEL then turn left onto WOD QDM 011 tp WOD NDB then turn left onto WCO QDM 356 to WCO NDB then turn right onto WCO QDR 071 to BOMBO then turn right onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL.
LOREL1H WAL Arrival via L975, L10 (FL190 and below) to WAL VOR continue on WAL VOR R143 to HON VOR then turn left onto HON VOR R138 to CLIPY then turn left onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 tp BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (FL150 by CLIPY).
LOREL1J MCT Arrival via N615 (FL140 and below) to MCT VOR continue on MCT VOR R163 to HON VOR then turn left onto HON VOR R138 to CLIPY then turn left onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 tp BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL.
LOREL1K DTY Arrival via M605 (FL70) to DTY VOR continue on DTY VOR R170 to FINMA then turn left onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL.
LOREL1R BANVA From ABBOT hold (FL140 to FL80) on BKY VOR R087 to TABIS then turn right onto CLN VOR R292 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL.
LOREL2D GIBSO Arrival via L620,UM17,N514 (FL175 and above) to GIBSO continue on 092 degrees to BEGTO then turn left onto 076 degrees to AVANT then turn left to intercept OCK VOR R214 to OCK VOR then turn left onto BPK VOR R208 to VATON then BPK VOR R208 to BPK VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R207 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (FL270 by GIBSO, FL210 by BEGTO, FL190 by AVANT).
LOREL2L KENET Arrival via (U)L9 (FL90 to FL170) to KENET continue on WCO QDM 046 to WCO NDB then turn right onto WCO QDR 071 to BOMBO then turn right onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (For flight planning purposes only: FL140 10nm before KENET).
LOREL2M KENET Arrival via L9 (FL80 and below) to KENET continue on CPT VOR R283 to CPT VOR then turn left onto CPT VOR R103 tp WOD NDB then turn left onto WCO QDM 356 to WCO NDB then turn right onto WCO QDR 071 to BOMBO then turn right onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 tp BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL.
LOREL2N HAZEL Arrival via L620, M185 (FL170 and below) to HAZEL continue on WOD QDM 011 to WOD NDB then turn left onto WCO QDM 356 to WCO NDB then turn right onto WCO QDR 071 to BOMBO then turn right onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL.
LOREL2P SAM Arrival via Q41 (FL90 and below) to SAM VOR continue on SAM VOR R017 to NORRY then WCO NDB then turn right onto WCO QDR 071 to BOMBO then turn right onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL.
LOREL2S BEDEK Arrival via (U)L9, UL607, UP2, Y3 (FL180 and above) to BEDEK continue on 106 degrees to NIGIT then turn left onto OCK VOR R273 to OCK VOR then turn left onto BPK VOR R208 to VATON then BPK VOR R208 to BPK VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R207 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (FL180 at BEDEK).
LOREL3G MCT Arrival via (U)N615 (FL150 and above) to MCT VOR continue on MCT VOR R154 to PEDIG then ROGBI then CLIPY then turn left onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (FL200 by ROGBI, FL150 by CLIPY).
LOREL3Q BANVA Arrival via UM733, Y8 to BANVA continue on MAY VOR R140 to MAY VOR then turn right onto MAY VOR R326 to VATON then turn right onto BPK VOR R208 to BPK VOR then turn right onto BKY VOR R206 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (FL200 by MAY).
LOREL4C AVANT Arrival via L980 (FL180 and above) to AVANT continue on OCK VOR R214 to OCK VOR then turn left onto BPK VOR R208 to VATON then BPK VOR R208 to BPK VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R207 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (FL190 by AVANT).
LOREL4F WAL Arrival via (U)L975, (U)L10 (FL200 and above) to WAL VOR continue on WAL VOR R117 to LISTO then turn right on to 147 degrees to PEDIG then turn right onto MCT VOR R154 to ROGBI then CLIPY then turn left onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (FL200 by ROGBI, FL150 by CLIPY).
LOREL5A WCO From WCO NDB maintain WCO QDR 071 to BOMBO then turn right onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL.

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