The flight route from London Luton (LTN) to Rome (FCO) is particularly popular with city trippers planning a weekend away. The route is served by a number of airlines, most of which do not provide a non-stop flight and are therefore not the first choice for those planning a short stay in the Italian capital. However, from the end of October 2014, Easyjet will be covering this route with a direct flight, which will no doubt prove very popular and profitable. The route will be first choice for those living in the north of London or Cambridge, Milton Keynes for instance as from here the airport in Luton is far easier and faster to reach than other London Airports. Flights will operate from London Luton to Rome Fiumicino on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and will return on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from Rome to London. The actual flight time will take only about 2 hours 30 minutes. Travel times will obviously vary according to the final destination and whether or not hold luggage is taken. If all goes well, the entire journey should not take much longer than around 6 hours including transfer time to and from the city centre.
Trains, operated by the Leonardo express, link airport and city centre at 30-minute intervals, taking only 30 minutes to reach central Rome. Alternatively, passengers can make use of the shuttle buses.
It is easy to reach Luton by car on the M1 motorway which links London and the north of England. Rail transport is also well developed. Luton has its own airport station: Luton airport parkway which is on the Midland Main Line and serves London St. Pancras. There is a shuttle bus form the railway station to the terminal buildings. Buses include those operated by easyjet with services to central London and a number of the other London airports. Greenline coaches also run to London stopping at various points on the way.
The London airport Luton is the capital's fourth largest airport and used by many low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet. It is a popular departure airport with holidaymakers and has a catchment area that encompasses Greater London as well as the area north of London including parts of the Midlands.