London Luton Airport (IATA: LTN, ICAO: EGGW), previously called Luton International Airport, is an international airport located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Luton town centre in the county of Bedfordshire, England, and is 28 miles (45 km) north of Central London.
In 2018, over 16.5 million passengers passed through the airport, a record total for Luton making it the fifth busiest airport in the UK. It is the fourth-largest airport serving the London area after Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, and is one of London's six international airports along with London City and Southend. The airport serves as a base for EasyJet, TUI Airways, Ryanair and Wizz Air and previously served as a base for Monarch Airlines until it ceased operations in October 2017. The vast majority of the routes served are within Europe, although there are some charter and scheduled routes to destinations in Northern Africa and Asia.
The airport is two miles from Junction 10 of the M1 motorway. Trains between St Pancras station in Central London and Luton Airport Parkway railway station take 24 minutes on the fastest train and an average of 40 minutes. There is a 10-minute shuttle-bus between the railway station and the airport terminal; it is scheduled to be replaced by the Luton DART automated people mover by 2021.
London Luton Airport
|Owner||Luton Borough Council|
|Operator||London Luton Airport Operations Ltd |
(Aena 51%; AMP Capital 49%)
|Serves||London, United Kingdom|
|Location||Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom|
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|Elevation AMSL||526 ft / 160 m|
Location in Bedfordshire
"2010 to 2017 Statistics". London Luton Airport.
An airport was opened on the site on 16 July 1938 by the Secretary of State for Air, Kingsley Wood. During World War II, it was a base for Royal Air Force fighters. Situated where the valley of the River Lea cuts its way through the north-east end of the Chiltern Hills, the airport occupies a hill-top location, with a roughly 40 m (130 ft) drop-off at the western end of the runway
Following World War II, the land was returned to the local council which continued activity at the airport as a commercial operation. Percival Aircraft had its factory at the airport until the early 1960s.
From the mid-1960s, executive aircraft have been based at the airport, initially operated by McAlpine Aviation. These activities have grown and several executive jet operators and maintenance companies are based there.
It became the operating base for charter airlines such as Autair (which went on to become Court Line), Euravia (now TUI Airways, following Euravia's change of name to Britannia Airways and subsequent merger with First Choice Airways and TUI rebrand) and Dan-Air. In 1972, Luton Airport was the most profitable airport in the country. It suffered a severe setback in August 1974 when major package holiday operator Clarksons and its in-house airline Court Line (which also operated coach links) were liquidated.
In the 1980s the airport was seeing a decline in customer numbers; this was due to lack of reinvestment and Stansted Airport, also north of London, growing. The council responded to lobbying and focused again on developing the airport, first by operating the airport at arm's length via an independent management team. As a result, necessary infrastructure work was undertaken. The next 15 years saw a process of updating, including the opening of a new international terminal, an automated baggage handling facility, a new control tower with updated air traffic control systems, a new cargo centre and runway upgrades.
The original runways had been grass tracks 18/36 and 06/24, and then a concrete runway 08/26. By the end of the 80s, there was only one runway, 08/26. The 18/36 grass runway had disappeared under a landfill, while 06/24 had effectively become a taxiway. To remain a viable airport it was necessary to update airfield services, and achieve CAT3 status. This meant updating ILS; glidepath and localiser and removing the hump in the runway; even a six-foot person could not see one end of the runway from the other. The hump was removed by building up layers at the end of the runway; this was done over 72 successive nights between October 1988 and February 1989, with the height being raised 90 mm on one particular night. During the course of this work, the airport would re-open for flights during the day.
While developing the basic infrastructure, various business partners were courted and business models were considered. The process envisaged a cargo centre, an airport railway station, and people mover from station to airport terminal (hence the unused underpass parallel to the road as you approach the terminal).
In 1990, the airport was renamed London Luton Airport to re-emphasise the airport's proximity to the UK capital. In 1991, another setback occurred when Ryanair, which had flown from the airport to Ireland for a number of years, transferred its London operating base to Stansted. Later in the 1990s, MyTravel Group began charter flights from the airport, using the Airtours brand and new low-cost scheduled flights from Debonair and EasyJet, the latter making Luton its base.
In August 1997, to fund an £80 million extension of the airport, the council issued a 30-year concession contract to a public-private partnership consortium, London Luton Airport Operations Limited, a partnership of Airport Group International (AGI) and Barclays Private Equity. AGI was a specialist airport management and development company once owned by Lockheed Martin. In 1999 AGI was sold to TBI plc and in 2001 Barclays also sold its shares in Luton to TBI plc.
The main feature of the development phase in 1998 was a £40 million terminal made from aluminium and glass, based on an original design by Foster + Partners. The new terminal, which was officially opened in November 1999 by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, houses 60 check-in desks, baggage and flight information systems and a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars.
In September 2004, a 9,000 sq ft (800 m2) area featuring a spectacular vaulted ceiling was completed with the new terminal, but intended to lie unused until required. On 1 July 2005, the new departure hall opened on schedule, featuring a boarding pier extending 200 m (660 ft) out between the airport's north and east aprons and relocated security, customs and immigration facilities. This also expanded the number of boarding gates from the previous number of 19 to current 26.
In 2004 the airport management announced that they supported the government plans to expand the facilities to include a full-length runway and a new terminal. However, local campaign groups, including Luton and District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (LADACAN) and Stop Luton Airport Plan (SLAP) opposed the new expansion plans, for reasons including noise pollution and traffic concerns; LADACAN also claimed that various sites, including Someries Castle, a Scheduled Monument, would be threatened by the expansion. On 6 July 2007, it was announced that the owners of London Luton Airport had decided to scrap plans to build a second runway and new terminal for financial reasons. In order for the airport to expand further, the Department for Transport (DfT) advised the airport authority to use the airport site more efficiently. The DfT supports plans to extend the runway from its current 2,160 m (7,087 ft) length to 3,000 m (9,843 ft) and increase the length of the taxiway. A full-length runway would increase airlines' operational flexibility by enabling the use of aircraft that have a greater payload capacity and longer range than is currently possible. A longer taxiway would maximise runway use by reducing the need for taxiing aircraft to cross or move along the runway.
In January 2005, London Luton Airport Operations Limited was acquired by Airport Concessions Development Limited, a company owned by Abertis Infraestructuras (90%) and Aena Internacional (10%), both Spanish companies. control organisation. In November 2013 ownership of London Luton Airport Operations Ltd passed to Aena and Ardian. In 2018, AMP Capital acquired Ardian's 49% stake in the business.
In February 2017, Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air announced it would to open its first British base at Luton Airport inaugurating three new routes to Tel Aviv, Pristina and Kutaisi in addition to more than a dozen already served ones from other bases.
The airport possesses a single runway, running roughly east to west (08/26), with a length of 2,160 m (7,087 ft) at an elevation of 526 ft (160 m). The runway is equipped with an Instrument Landing System (ILS) rated to Category IIIB, allowing the airport to continue operating in conditions of poor visibility. All the airport facilities lie to the north of the runway. The terminal and aprons have a somewhat unusual layout, with ground-side access to the terminal being via a road (which goes under the taxiway) to a bus station, drop off area, taxi rank and short term car park on the runway side of the terminal building. There are approximately 60 stands available for aircraft. All of these stands are located on the northern side of the terminal building, away from the runway and connected to it by a 'U' shaped set of taxiways and aprons that together encircle the terminal.
The northern side of the U-shaped apron is ringed by a continuous line of hangars and other buildings, emphasising the fact that Luton is a major maintenance base for several airlines including TUI Airways, EasyJet, and previously Monarch Airlines. By contrast to the heavily built up apron area, the airport's southern boundary is entirely rural with only a few isolated farm buildings and houses close to the airport boundary.
The airport remains in municipal ownership, owned by Luton Borough Council but managed by the private sector London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL). London Luton Airport has a Civil Aviation Authority Public Use Aerodrome Licence (Number P835) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction. An indicator of the importance of the airport to the economy of Luton is that Luton is reported to have the highest number of taxicabs per head of population in the United Kingdom.
EasyJet's head office is Hangar 89 (H89), a building located on the grounds of London Luton Airport; the hangar, a former Britannia Airways/TUI facility, is located 150 metres (490 ft) from the former site of EasyLand, the previous headquarters of EasyJet. Hangar 89, built in 1974, has 30,000 sq ft (2,800 m2) of office space and can house two aircraft the size of an Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 at one time. When EasyJet received H89, it had a 1970s style office setup. EasyJet modernised the building and painted it orange.
In addition, TUI Airways head office is at the airport, and - prior to its closure - Monarch Airlines's head office, along with that of Monarch Group, was in Prospect House, on the grounds of the airport.
Luton Airport features one single, two-storey passenger terminal building which has been expanded and rearranged several times. The ground floor features a main hall equipped with 62 check-in desks (1-62), a separate security screening hall, as well as some shops, service counters and the arrivals facilities. After the security screening hall, stairs lead to the departures lounge on the upper floor, where several more stores, restaurants and all 28 departure gates in two side piers (1-19 and 20-28) can be found. Besides branches of Burger King, Starbucks, Boots and others, one airport lounge is located inside the terminal.
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Luton:
|Blue Air||Bacău, Bucharest, Iași, Larnaca (ends 26 October 2019)|
|easyJet|| Aberdeen, Alghero, Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Belfast–International, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Catania, Dortmund, Edinburgh, Faro, Geneva, Gibraltar, Glasgow, Inverness, Kraków, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Málaga, Milan–Malpensa, Marseille, Munich, Nantes, Naples, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pisa, Porto, Prague (begins 28 October 2019), Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rome–Fiumicino, Seville, Stockholm–Arlanda (ends 27 September 2019), Tel Aviv, Tenerife–South, Toulouse, Valencia, Venice, Vienna, Zürich |
Seasonal: Antalya, Biarritz, Bodrum, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Genoa, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Isle of Man, Jersey, Menorca, Montpellier, Mykonos, Olbia, Palermo, Reus, Rhodes, Salzburg, Split, Thessaloniki, Turin, Zadar
|El Al||Tel Aviv|
|Ryanair|| Alicante, Athens, Barcelona, Béziers, Bologna, Bydgoszcz, Copenhagen, Cork, Dublin, Kaunas, Kerry, Knock, Kraków (begins 27 October 2019), Lanzarote, Málaga, Malta, Marrakesh, Rzeszów, Seville (begins 09 November 2019), Tenerife–South, Vilnius |
Seasonal: Faro, Fuerteventura, Girona, Gran Canaria, Murcia–Corvera, Nîmes
|SunExpress||Seasonal: Ankara, Antalya, Bodrum, Gaziantep, Izmir|
|TUI Airways|| Lanzarote, Paphos, Tenerife–South |
Seasonal: Corfu, Dalaman, Enfidha, Faro, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Ibiza, Málaga, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Reus, Rhodes, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos
Seasonal charter: Chambéry, Salzburg
|Wizz Air|| Athens, Bari, Belgrade, Bergen, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Burgas, Castellón-Costa Azahar Airport (begins 13 December 2019),, Catania (begins 17 September 2019), Chișinău, Cluj–Napoca, Constanța, Craiova, Debrecen, Gdańsk, Iași, Katowice, Kaunas, Košice, Kraków, Kutaisi, Kyiv-Zhuliany, Larnaca, Lisbon, Ljubljana, Lublin, Lviv, Moscow-Vnukovo (begins 1 October 2019), Ohrid, Olsztyn, Oslo-Gardermoen (begins 16 September 2019), Palanga, Poprad-Tatry, Porto, Poznań, Prague, Pristina, Reykjavik-Keflavík, Riga, Saint Petersburg (begins 1 October 2019), Satu Mare, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Stavanger (begins 16 September 2019), Suceava, Tallinn, Târgu Mureș, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Timișoara, Tirana, Turku, Varna, Vilnius, Vienna (begins 1 July 2020) Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław |
Seasonal: Grenoble, Split, Tromsø, Verona
|MNG Airlines||Amsterdam, Istanbul-Atatürk, Paris–Charles de Gaulle|
|Updated: 15 April 2019.|
|Number of passengers[nb 1]||Number of movements[nb 2]||Freight |
2017 / 18
|5||Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion||472,220||13.0%|
|18||Paris–Charles de Gaulle||291,331||0.7%|
The airport lies a few miles away from the M1 motorway, which runs southwards to London, northwards to Leeds and connects to the M25 motorway. The airport is linked to M1's Junction 10 by the dual-carriageway A1081 road. There is a short stay car park adjacent to the terminal, together with medium and long term on airport car parks to the west and east of the terminal respectively and linked to the terminal by shuttle buses. Pre-booked off airport parking is also available from several independent operators.
Luton Airport Parkway was built in 1999 to serve the airport. It is located on the Midland Main Line from London St Pancras and can be reached from London St Pancras in as little as 22 minutes via East Midlands Railway.
East Midlands Railway operate semi-fast services calling at Parkway station hourly. These trains run south directly to London St Pancras and north to Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Beeston and Nottingham.
A shuttle bus service connects the railway station to the airport, a distance of just over a mile. The fare is included in rail tickets to Luton Airport or a cash fee is charged for non ticket holders.
Several schemes have been proposed to replace the shuttle bus with some form of rail link. In 2007, a proposal to replace the shuttle buses with a segregated tracked transit system was announced. Ambitious plans to build a new direct railway link from the Midland Main Line to the airport were put forward in 2015, with the aim of reducing the journey time from central London to the airport to 20min and significantly increasing passenger numbers. In 2016 airport owners LLAL (Luton BC) announced plans to build the Luton DART, a 1.4-mile (2.3 km) light rail link from the Parkway station to the airport at a cost of £200 million. A planning application was submitted in Autumn 2016; it was accepted in June 2017. The link will come into passenger service by the end of 2020.
In 2016 the airport operators received the backing of the CBI, easyJet, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce (among others) for their campaign for better rail links to Luton Airport Parkway. They are calling on the government to make it a requirement of the new East Midlands franchise holder to introduce four fast trains per hour from central London.
Negotiations are currently underway with the Department for Transport to extend the validity of the London Oyster card contactless ticketing system to Luton Airport Parkway and it is planned that Oyster will be valid for travel on Thameslink services to the airport by 2018.
Local buses connect Luton Airport with Luton town centre and other nearby places.
The airport is the served by the Route A of the Luton to Dunstable Busway, a bus rapid transit route which connects the airport with Luton Town Centre and the neighbouring towns of Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Milton Keynes. The buses, operated by Arriva Shires & Essex, run on a segregated guided busway track across Luton.
Conventional bus services also operate, connecting the airport with towns and cities in the region and parts of north London, including the 100, operated by Arriva, which offers an hourly daytime connection to the nearby towns of Hitchin and Stevenage; Metroline service 84A; Courtney Buses coach service to Bracknell.
Direct coach services to London include Green Line route 757 operated by Arriva Shires & Essex and the A1 operated by National Express which operate competing services to and from Victoria Coach Station. EasyBus services operate towards Liverpool Street station. A range of longer distance National Express services linking Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports as well as destinations in the Midlands and North of England.
Govia Thameslink Railway provide a shuttle bus link between the airport and Luton Airport Parkway railway station. This service runs 24 hours a day - every 10 minutes from 5am to 12am and between 12am to 5am it is timed to meet each overnight train service.
There are also three services around the airport operated by APCOA Parking which operate 24 hours serving the terminal and Mid Term, Long term, and Staff Car parks the service that serves the staff car park also serves the car hire centre and rental companies and all stops in between including the Holiday Inn express, the TUI Airways HQ And the ID Unit. A new fleet of six Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses were purchased for these operations during 2014.
A range of other bus services operated by off-site parking companies also serve the airport. These include Airparks, Paige Airport Parking, Centrebus and Coach Hire 4 U. The latter two operators provide staff shuttle buses on behalf of TUI and EasyJet.
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Media related to London Luton Airport at Wikimedia CommonsA1081 road
The A1081 is a road in the south of England. It starts at Luton Airport in Bedfordshire and runs to High Barnet in Greater London via Harpenden, St Albans and London Colney, a distance of around 20 miles (32 km). For most of its length, the A1081 follows the route of the original A6.Airline (1998 TV series)
Airline is a British fly on the wall television programme produced by LWT that showcases the daily happenings of passengers, ground workers and flight crew of Britannia Airways (series 1) and later EasyJet (from series 2).
The show was broadcast between March 1998 and January 2007 on ITV, was often repeated on ITV2 and aired in syndication on Pick (previously known as Sky Three and Pick TV), Sky Real Lives and, as of 4 February 2019, CBS Reality. The programme's success sparked a US version of the series, following American low-cost airline Southwest Airlines.Crawley Green
Crawley Green is a suburb in southern Luton near to London Luton Airport. The area is roughly bounded by Crawley Green Road to the north, Devon Road to the south, the Midland Main Line to the west, and Vauxhall Way to the east.Flitwick railway station
Flitwick railway station is in the centre of Flitwick, in Bedfordshire, England. The station is situated on the Midland Main Line. The station is managed by Thameslink, who operate all trains serving it, and is served by Thameslink route services between Bedford and Brighton. As well as Flitwick itself, the station also serves the adjoining town of Ampthill, which no longer has its own station.
From Flitwick, trains travel north and serve Bedford and southbound trains serve Luton, Luton Airport Parkway, Harpenden, St Albans, London St Pancras, Gatwick Airport and Brighton.Leagrave railway station
Leagrave railway station is located in Leagrave, a suburb in the north of Luton in Bedfordshire, England. Leagrave station is situated on the Midland Main Line 33¾ miles (54 km) north of London St Pancras International. The station is managed by Thameslink, and is served by the Thameslink route.Luton
Luton ( (listen)) is a large town, borough and unitary authority area of Bedfordshire, situated in the south east of England, but in the East of England region for administrative purposes. It has a population of 214,109 (mid-2018 est.) and is one of the most populous towns without city status in the United Kingdom. The town is situated on the River Lea, about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of London. Earliest settlements in the Luton area can be traced back over 250,000 years, but the town's foundation dates to the sixth century as a Saxon outpost on the River Lea, from which Luton derives its name. Luton is recorded in the Domesday Book as Loitone and Lintone and one of the largest churches in Bedfordshire, St Mary's Church, was built in the 12th century. There are local museums which explore Luton's history in Wardown Park and Stockwood Park.Luton was for many years famous for hatmaking, and also had a large Vauxhall Motors factory. Car production at the plant began in 1905 and continued until the plant's closure in 2002. Production of commercial vehicles continues, and the head office of Vauxhall Motors is still in the town. London Luton Airport opened in 1938, and is now one of Britain's major airports, with three railway stations also in the town. The University of Bedfordshire was created from a merger with the University of Luton, and two of its campuses are in Luton.Luton Town Football Club, nicknamed "the Hatters" due to the town's connection to hatmaking, has had several spells in the top flight of the English league as well as a Football League Cup triumph in 1988. They play at Kenilworth Road, their home since 1905, and planning permission for a new larger stadium was approved in 2019. Luton International Carnival, the largest one-day carnival in Europe, is held on the day before the last Monday in May, and the Saint Patrick's festival is held on the weekend nearest to Saint Patrick's Day as there is a large Irish community in Luton. The town also has a large Pakistani community, which along with the Irish were attracted to employment at the Vauxhall car plant. Luton Hoo is an English country house, estate and Grade I listed building designed by Scottish architect Robert Adam.Luton Airport (TV series)
Luton Airport is a British reality TV series which follows staff at London Luton Airport, the fourth airport of the London area and a hub for low-cost carriers such as EasyJet and Ryanair.
The show followed the airport duty managers and operations personnel as the airport moved through a phase of redevelopment. No specific airline was focused on though many were seen throughout the series.Luton Airport Parkway railway station
Luton Airport Parkway railway station is on the Midland Main Line in England, serving south Luton and Luton Airport in Bedfordshire. It is situated in Park Town, Luton, and is 29 miles 19 chains (47.1 km) down the line from London St Pancras between Harpenden to the south and Luton to the north. Its three-letter station code is LTN, also the IATA code for the airport.
The station is served by Thameslink operated trains on the Thameslink route and by East Midlands Railway.
It is situated approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the airport, to which it is linked by a chargeable shuttle bus service.Luton DART
The Luton DART is a planned automated guided people mover from Luton Airport Parkway station to Luton Airport in England. DART is an acronym for Direct Air-Rail Transit. It is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in 2021, and will replace the current 888 Shuttle Bus.Luton railway station
Luton railway station is a railway station located in the town centre of Luton, Bedfordshire, England. The station is about three minutes' walk from the Arndale Shopping Centre. It is situated on the Midland Main Line and is operated by Thameslink.Luton to Dunstable Busway
The Luton-Dunstable Busway is a guided busway system in Bedfordshire, England, which connects the towns of Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Luton with Luton Airport. It was built on the route of a disused railway track and opened in September 2013. The busway runs parallel to the A505 (Dunstable Road) and A5065 (Hatters Way) for 13.4 kilometres (8.3 mi), of which 7.7 kilometres (4.8 mi) is guided track with a maximum speed of 50 mph. It is claimed to be the second longest busway in the world.Napier Park
Napier Park is a suburb of Luton in the south of the town. It is roughly bounded by Harrowden Road to the north, the Midland Main Line to the south, Luton Airport to the east, and Devon Road to the West.
Napier Park is currently under construction (as of 2018), and is one of the newest suburbs of the town.RailAir
RailAir describes a number of airport bus and coach services designed to connect the National Rail network to airports in the United Kingdom. Services are currently concentrated on Heathrow Airport, with one other from Luton Airport. RailAir services are operated as public transport services by or on behalf of train operators, where the whole journey is paid for as a through ticket which combines the railway and bus journey, although journeys can be made using the bus only. As such, many are operated where the train and bus operator are owned by the same company.Silverjet
Silverjet was a British all-business class airline headquartered at London Luton Airport, Luton, Bedfordshire, England, that, prior to the suspension of operations on 30 May 2008, operated services to Newark Liberty International Airport and Dubai International Airport. A proposed rescue package fell through on 13 June when staff were laid off and it was announced that the airline's assets would be sold.South, Luton
South is the name for a ward in the southern part of Luton, England. The ward includes New Town, Park Town, Chapel Langley, Capability Green and most of Luton town centre. Junction 10 of the M1 is just outside the ward. Both Luton Airport Parkway and Luton railway station are located within the ward. London Luton Airport is close by.Transport in Luton
Luton is less than 30 miles (50 km) north of the centre of London, and has good transport links via the motorway network and the National Rail system. Luton is also home to Luton Airport, one of the major feeder airports for London and the southeast. Luton is served by buses run by Arriva Shires & Essex and other operators, and has a busway. As a Unitary Authority, Luton Borough Council is responsible for local highways and public transport in the borough.Wigmore, Luton
Wigmore is a suburb in east Luton, Bedfordshire, England. The area is roughly bounded by Hayling Drive and Someries Hill to the north, Wigmore Park to the south, Buckingham Drive and Wigmore Lane to the west, and the edge of Luton to the east.Wizz Air UK
Wizz Air UK is a British scheduled airline based at Luton Airport. The airline operates flights from and to Luton on behalf of its Hungarian parent Wizz Air and has been set up to ensure Wizz Air retains full market access to the United Kingdom following Brexit.Wizz Air UK Limited holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Type A Operating Licence permitting it to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.Wright StreetCar
The Wright StreetCar was an articulated bus developed by Wrightbus and Volvo for FirstGroup. It was built on the Volvo B7LA chassis, featuring a separate driver compartment at the front, resembling to some extent similar designs in Europe.
It featured wrap-around seating arrangement at the rear. They were designed to mimic trams and used on FirstGroup's FTR services with high frequencies and dedicated stops to further enforce the impression of a premium service. They gained the nickname of "understeer streetcar" with some drivers because of a tendency to understeer negotiating roundabouts.
They were introduced on First York's route 4 between Acomb and the University of York on 8 May 2006, after the City of York Council had made significant alterations to the road layout to accommodate the new vehicles. Further examples entered service with First Leeds, on First Capital Connect's Luton Airport Parkway railway station to Luton Airport shuttle and with First Cymru in Swansea.In 2008/09, 50 StreetCar Rapid Transit Vehicles were built for Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada in the United States for use on the RTC Transit. Developed from the Wright StreetCar, they were built on Carrosserie Hess chassis. The first arrived in December 2008.
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