Next time a friend tells you he or she is flying out of London’s Luton Airport, don’t assume they are going on a low-cost airline. While the airport gained notoriety as a base for airlines like easyJet, on-demand private jet charter broker Victor says it was its busiest U.K. airport for during the first quarter of 2017.

  • Luton (LTN)
  • Biggin Hill (BQH)
  • Farnborough (FAB)
  • RAF Northolt (NHT
  • Manchester (MAN)
  • Southampton (SOU)
  • Oxford (OXF)
  • Exeter (EXT)
  • Cambridge International (CBG)
  • Stansted (STN)
  • East Midlands (EMA)
  • Doncaster Sheffield (DSA)
  • Durham Tees Valley (MME)
  • Liverpool (LPL)
  • Edinburgh (EDI)

According to a press release, Luton benefits from one of the longest runways, allowing a wider range of private jets to fly from and to it.

“Our data reflects a strong start to the year for UK private jet charter. The economic climate remains unstable. As a result, Victor is seeing the shift away from jet ownership, which is costly and inflexible, towards transparent, on-demand, pay-as-you-go charter, which allows customers to fly when and how they want,” states Clive Jackson, CEO & Founder, Victor. “Luton Airport’s popularity with Victor’s high-profile leisure and business customers is testament to the high-quality service it offers 24 hours a day, seven days a week – it perfectly complements flexible on-demand jet charter. Other regional hubs are also growing quickly – we are seeing an increased number of HNWIs travel from more local, convenient departure points for both business and pleasure.”

About the Author Doug Gollan

I study and write about Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) consumers, luxury travel, the business of luxury and private aviation, particularly jet cards