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London Stansted Airport
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IATA: STNICAO: EGSS
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Manchester Airports Group
Operator Stansted Airport Limited
Serves London, United Kingdom
Location Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex
Elevation AMSL 348 ft / 106 m
Coordinates 51°53′06″N 000°14′06″E / 51.88500°N 0.23500°E / 51.88500; 0.23500Coordinates: 51°53′06″N 000°14′06″E / 51.88500°N 0.23500°E / 51.88500; 0.23500
Website stanstedairport.com
Map
EGSS is located in Essex
EGSS
EGSS
Location in Essex
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,049 10,003 Grooved Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 17,852,393
Passenger change 12-13 Increase2.2%
Aircraft movements 146,324
Movements change 12-13 Increase2.0%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

London Stansted Airport (IATA: STNICAO: EGSS) is an international airport located at Stansted Mountfitchet in the local government district of Uttlesford in Essex, 48 km (30 mi) northeast of Central London and 1.5 km (0.93 mi) from the Hertfordshire border.

Stansted is a base for a number of major European low-cost carriers, being the largest base for low-cost airline Ryanair with over 100 destinations served by the airline. In 2013 it was the fourth busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester. Stansted's runway is also used by private companies such as the Harrods Aviation terminal which is opposite the main terminal building and handles private jets and some state visits.

The airport is owned and operated by the Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which also owns and operates three other UK airports. MAG agreed to buy the airport from Heathrow Airport Holdings, formerly BAA, on 18 January 2013,[3] and the sale was completed for £1.5 billion on 28 February 2013.[4] BAA had been required to sell the airport following a ruling originally made by the Competition Commission in March 2009.

Overview[edit]

Stansted Airport has one main passenger terminal, near the village of Stansted Mountfitchet. There are three passenger satellites in which the departure gates are situated, one is connected to the main terminal by an air-bridge and the other two by the Stansted Airport Transit System people mover.

The terminal building was designed by Foster Associates with input from the structural engineer Peter Rice and features a "floating" roof, supported by a space frame of inverted-pyramid roof trusses, creating the impression of a stylised swan in flight. The base of each truss structure is a "utility pillar", which provides indirect uplighting illumination and is the location for air-conditioning, water, telecommunications and electrical outlets. The layout of the airport was designed to provide an unobstructed flow for passengers to arrive at the short-stay car park, move through the check-in hall, go through security and on to the departure gates all on the same level.

From 1997 to 2007 Stansted saw rapid expansion of passenger numbers on the back of the boom in low cost air travel, peaking at 24 million passengers in the 12 months to October 2007, but passenger numbers declined for the subsequent five years to 2012. Passenger totals in 2013 recorded an increase of 2.2% fell to 17.8 million.[2]

History[edit]

Second World War[edit]

Where Stansted Airport is now, as about 1935
Unidentified B-26 Marauder of the 344th Bomb Group at Stansted, 1944.

The airfield opened in 1943 and was used during the Second World War as RAF Stansted Mountfitchet by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces as a bomber airfield and as a major maintenance depot. Although the official name was Stansted Mountfitchet, the base was known as simply Stansted in both written and spoken form.

The station was first allocated to the USAAF Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a heavy bomber airfield. As well as an operational bomber base, Stansted was also a ATSC maintenance and supply depot concerned with major overhauls and modification of B-26s. After D-Day these activities were transferred to France, but the base was still used as a supply storage area for the support of aircraft on the continent.

Postwar use[edit]

After the withdrawal of the Americans on 12 August 1945, Stansted was taken over by the Air Ministry and used by No. 263 Maintenance Unit, RAF for storage purposes. In addition, between March 1946 and August 1947, Stansted was used for housing German prisoners of war.

Avro York of the based Air Charter Ltd taking off on a trooping flight in 1955 with wartime hangars in the background

The Ministry of Civil Aviation finally took control of Stansted in 1949 and the airport was then used as a base by several UK charter airlines. The US military returned in 1954 to extend the runway for a possible transfer to NATO. The transfer to NATO was never realised, however, and the airport continued in civil use, ending up under BAA control in 1966.

During the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s the Fire Service Training School (FSTS) was based on the eastern side of the airfield under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, now the Civil Aviation Authority. The school was responsible for the training of all aviation fire crews for British airfields as well as those of many overseas countries.

Commercial operations[edit]

Beginning in 1966, after Stansted was placed under BAA control, the airport was used by holiday charter operators wishing to escape the higher costs associated with operating from Heathrow and Gatwick. From the outset, however, BAA and the British government planned to develop Stansted into London's third airport, to relieve Heathrow and Gatwick of excess congestion in the future. The airport's first terminal building opened in 1969 and was expanded the next year to handle the growing number of passengers.

In 1984, the government approved a plan to develop Stansted in two phases, involving both airfield and terminal improvements that would increase the airport's capacity to 15 million passengers per year. Construction of the current terminal building began in 1988 and was completed in March 1991, and was designed by the internationally acclaimed Lord Foster. At the time it was the most modern airport complex in the world and cost £100 million.[5] In 1990 it was awarded the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies van der Rohe Award.

Long-haul scheduled services commenced in the early 1990s when American Airlines operated a transatlantic service between Stansted and Chicago, however the route was unprofitable and was withdrawn in 1993.[6] Continental Airlines also operated services in the late 1990s from Newark, but this service was stopped shortly after the 11 September 2001 attacks.

Long-haul services to the USA returned in late 2005, when Eos Airlines and MAXjet Airways commenced all-business-class services from Stansted to New York-JFK Airport. In 2006, MAXjet expanded their service with flights to Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and Los Angeles. American Airlines began daily flights to Stansted in October 2007 from New York-JFK and was originally expected to operate a second daily flight from April 2008. However, all three services to the USA have since been discontinued following the demise of MAXjet Airways in December 2007 and Eos Airlines in April 2008. Finally, in July 2008 American Airlines withdrew from the airport, spelling the end of Stansted transatlantic passenger operations.

Long haul transatlantic operations made a return to Stansted in June 2010, when Sun Country Airlines announced a seasonal weekly service from Stansted to Minneapolis. The flights made a re-fuelling stop-over in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador as the aircraft used for the flight, a Boeing 737–800, would not be able to complete a non-stop westbound flight from Stansted to Minneapolis. The flights operated from 11 June to 15 August 2010. In 2011, Sun Country operated to Gatwick rather than Stansted.

Stansted also had scheduled and charter flights to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, but these flights to Canada have now ceased. Long-haul services to Asia commenced in March 2009 with Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia X providing direct flights to Kuala Lumpur; however, since 24 October 2011, these flights have operated from Gatwick Airport instead.

Since 1984 the airport's capacity had been limited to a maximum throughput of 25 million passengers per annum (25 mppa) in accordance with recommendations made by the 1984 public inquiry and confirmed by the government of the day.

A major expansion programme to the existing terminal took place between 2007 and 2009, adding nearly 5,900 m2 (64,000 sq ft) of floorspace to give space for additional baggage carousels, a new immigration and passport control hall and a hypostyle arrivals hall with improved facilities.

In November 2006 Uttlesford District Council rejected a BAA planning application to increase the permitted number of aircraft movements and to remove the limit on passenger numbers. BAA immediately appealed against the decision and a public inquiry opened lasting from May until October 2007. Planning Inspector Alan Boyland made his recommendations in January 2008. Those recommendations were largely followed by the Secretary of State for Transport (Geoff Hoon) and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Hazel Blears), who jointly allowed the applicant's appeal in October 2008. A series of legal challenges by community campaign group Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) were rejected by the High Court during 2009.

In 2008 57 people were arrested after Plane Stupid, the environmental activist group, broke through the barriers and created a 'stockade' on a taxiway which resulted in 52 flights being cancelled.[7]

The Competition Commission ruled in March 2009 that BAA should sell Gatwick and Stansted Airports within two years.[8] The ruling was quashed within a year following an appeal but was subsequently upheld.[9] The Competition Commission reconfirmed its ruling in July 2011 that the airport be sold,[10] and the Court of Appeal turned down an appeal by BAA on 26 July 2012.[11] In light of the result, BAA chose not to appeal to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and confirmed on 20 August 2012 that the airport would be sold.[12]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 taxiing to the Terminal.
An EasyJet Airbus A319 on the apron after pushback.
A Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A320 parked at a gate.
Airlines Destinations
Air Moldova Chișinău
Atlantic Airways Seasonal: Vágar
Aurigny Air Services Guernsey, Jersey
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Seasonal: Innsbruck
BH Air Seasonal: Bourgas
Cyprus Airways Larnaca (begins 14 September 2014)[13]
Etihad Regional
operated by Darwin Airline
Düsseldorf
easyJet Amsterdam, Asturias, Belfast-International, Bilbao, Cagliari, Copenhagen (ends 2 November 2014), Edinburgh, Glasgow-International, Ljubljana, Lyon (ends 2 November 2014), Málaga, Marrakesh, Munich, Naples, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sofia
Seasonal: Bodrum, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Geneva, Grenoble, Ibiza, Split
Flybe
operated by Loganair
Dundee
Freebird Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hannover, Stuttgart
Nouvelair Seasonal: Enfidha
Onur Air Seasonal: Antalya
Pegasus Airlines Ercan, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, İzmir
Seasonal: Bodrum
Ryanair Aarhus, Alghero, Alicante, Ancona, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergamo, Bergerac, Berlin-Schönefeld, Biarritz, Billund, Bologna, Bordeaux, Bratislava, Bremen, Brindisi, Brno, Bucharest, Budapest, Bydgoszcz, Carcassonne, Cologne/Bonn (begins 28 October 2014),[14] Comiso, Cork, Derry, Dinard, Dortmund, Dublin, Edinburgh (begins 26 October 2014),[15] Eindhoven, Faro, Fez, Fuerteventura, Gdańsk, Genoa, Girona, Glasgow-International (begins 26 October 2014),[16] Gothenburg-City, Gran Canaria, Hahn, Haugesund, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Katowice, Kaunas, Kerry, Knock, Kraków, La Rochelle, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Leipzig/Halle, Limoges, Linz, Lisbon, Lublin, Łódź, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Marrakesh, Marseille, Memmingen, Moss, Murcia, Nuremberg, Ostrava, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Parma, Paphos, Perpignan, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Plovdiv, Podgorica, Poitiers, Porto, Poznań, Prague, Rabat, Reus, Riga, Rome-Ciampino, Rzeszów, Santiago de Compostela, Salzburg, Santander, Seville, Sandefjord, Shannon, Skellefteå, Stockholm-Skavsta, Strasbourg, Szczecin, Tallinn, Tampere, Tarbes/Lourdes, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Tours, Treviso, Trieste, Turin, Valencia, Västerås, Vilnius, Warsaw-Modlin, Weeze, Wrocław, Zaragoza
Seasonal: Almería, Brive, Chania, Corfu, Grenoble, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kefalonia, Kos, Malmö, Osijek, Pula, Rhodes, Rijeka, Rodez, Toulon, Zadar
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Cancún (begins 18 July 2015), Corfu, Dalaman, Enfidha, Fuerteventura, Heraklion (ends 30 September 2014), Ibiza, İzmir, Kefalonia, Kos, Lanzarote, Las Vegas (begins 20 July 2015), Minorca, Orlando-International (begins 17 July 2015), Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Skiathos, Tenerife-South, Zakynthos
Thomson Airways Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Agadir (ends 28 October 2014), Antalya, Corfu, Dalaman, Enfidha, Faro, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Kefalonia, Kos, Minorca, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Rhodes, Salzburg, Turin, Zakynthos
Titan Airways Seasonal: Bergen, Calvi, Chambéry, Dalaman, Figari, Grenoble, Sion, Tarbes/Lourdes

Cargo[edit]

A UPS Boeing 767-300F parked at the Cargo Terminal.
A Panalpina Boeing 747-8F on the runway during landing.
Airlines Destinations
ABX Air Liège
Asiana Cargo Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Domodedovo, Seoul-Incheon
Cargolux Hong Kong,[17] Luxembourg[17]
Coyne Airways
operated by Global Supply Systems
Cologne/Bonn, Tbilisi
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai
FedEx Express Cologne, Dublin, Indianapolis, Memphis, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
FedEx Feeder
operated by Air Contractors
Amsterdam, Glasgow-International, Manchester
FedEx Feeder
operated by Swiftair
Glasgow-International
Jet2.com Belfast-International, Edinburgh, Newcastle upon Tyne
Martinair Aguadilla, Amsterdam, Bogotá
Nordic Global Airlines Nairobi
Panalpina Huntsville, Luxembourg
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha-Hamad
Silk Way Airlines Baku
Titan Airways Belfast-International, Edinburgh, Exeter
TNT Airways Liège
UPS Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Newark, Philadelphia

Traffic[edit]

1988-2000[edit]

In 1988, over 1.1 million passengers passed through Stansted, the first time annual passenger numbers had exceeded 1 million at the airport.[18] Consistent year-on-year growth followed and by 1997 the total had reached over 5 million, rapidly rising to almost 12 million in 2000.[2]

2000 onwards[edit]

London Stansted Airport Passenger Totals 2000-2013 (millions)
Updated: 31 March 2014.[2]
Number of Passengers[nb 1] Percentage Change Number of Movements[nb 2] Freight (tonnes)
2000 11,878,190 165,779 167,823
2001 13,665,333 Increase15.0% 169,583 165,660
2002 16,054,522 Increase17.5% 170,544 184,449
2003 18,722,112 Increase16.6% 186,475 198,565
2004 20,910,842 Increase11.7% 192,245 225,772
2005 21,998,673 Increase05.2% 193,511 237,045
2006 23,687,013 Increase07.7% 206,693 224,312
2007 23,779,697 Increase00.4% 208,462 203,747
2008 22,360,364 Decrease06.0% 193,282 197,738
2009 19,957,077 Decrease10.7% 167,817 182,810
2010 18,573,592 Decrease06.9% 155,140 202,238
2011 18,052,843 Decrease02.8% 148,317 202,593
2012 17,472,699 Decrease03.2% 143,511 214,160
2013 17,852,393 Increase02.2% 146,324 211,952
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]
  1. ^ number of passengers including both domestic and international
  2. ^ number of movements represents total aircraft takeoffs and landings during that year

In 2007 passenger numbers peaked at nearly 24 million, but then declined for 5 years and in 2012 the total was around 17.5 million. An increase of 2.2% was recorded in 2013 to 17.8 million passengers, making Stansted the fourth busiest airport in the United Kingdom.[2]

Stansted is a major freight airport, the third busiest in the UK during 2013, behind London Heathrow and East Midlands Airport, handling in excess of 210,000 tonnes per annum, although freight throughput has declined slightly from its 2005 peak level.[2]

Busiest routes[edit]

Outside the Terminal building when lit up at night.
Inside the Terminal building near the Check-in area.

The top international destinations served by Stansted airport are in Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain. The top 40 International routes 2013 are shown below.

Busiest international routes (2013)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
2012 / 13
1  Ireland, Dublin 726,667 Increase 7
2  Italy, Rome-Ciampino 400,469 Increase 9
3  Italy, Bergamo 373,987 Increase 7
4  Spain, Malaga 326,165 Decrease 5
5  Italy, Pisa 302,286 Increase 8
6  Hungary, Budapest 301,452 Increase 43
7  Spain, Palma de Mallorca 293,057 Decrease 4
8  Netherlands, Amsterdam 272,018 Decrease 8
9  Norway, Rygge 253,249 Increase 31
10  Spain, Alicante 251,904 Decrease 21
11  Poland, Krakow 247,695 Increase 0.9
12  Ireland, Cork 238,620 Increase 3
13  Spain, Madrid 237,554 Increase 2
14  Turkey, Istanbul-Sabiha Gokcen 235,920 Increase 15
15  Denmark, Billund 232,904 Increase 0.9
16  Portugal, Porto 225,143 Increase 6
17  Germany, Hahn 224,712 Decrease 3
18  Poland, Warsaw-Chopin 223,900 Increase 2631
19  Sweden, Stockholm-Skavsta 222,272 Increase 5
20  Spain, Barcelona 221,679 Decrease 31
21  Slovakia, Bratislava 208,810 Decrease 7
22  Italy, Treviso 207,055 Decrease 3
23  Netherlands, Eindhoven 206,394 Decrease 1
24  Sweden, Göteborg-City 204,011 Decrease 5
25  Latvia, Riga 190,694 Increase 7
26  Germany, Bremen 189,377 Increase 5
27  Poland, Katowice 186,703 Increase 49
28  Ireland, Shannon 182,226 Decrease 5
29  Spain, Ibiza 177,142 Decrease 4
30  Poland, Gdańsk 176,988 Increase 43
31  Denmark, Copenhagen 173,254 Decrease 8
32  Portugal, Faro 170,943 Decrease 6
33  Italy, Naples 169,104 Decrease 1
34  Germany, Weeze 167,587 Increase 37
35  Poland, Wroclaw 167,579 Increase 12
36  Spain, Tenerife-South 152,619 Decrease 1
37  Spain, Bilbao 143,280 Increase 8
38  Germany, Cologne 141,074 Decrease 8
39  Italy, Turin 139,120 Increase 7
40  Germany, Berlin-Schönefeld 138,654 Decrease 8


Busiest domestic and British overseas routes (2013)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
2012 / 13
1 Edinburgh 326,562 Decrease 6
2 Glasgow-International 308,733 Decrease 7
3 Belfast-International 297,076 Decrease 5
4 Derry 130,532 Decrease 3
6 Guernsey 24,919 Decrease 12
7 Jersey 3,449 Decrease 44

Infrastructure[edit]

The Radisson Blu hotel which is just a short walk from the Terminal building.
The Terminal Building where the Control Tower can be seen adjacent to it.

Terminal and Satellite buildings[edit]

Stansted is the newest passenger airport of all the main London airports. The Terminal is an oblong glass building, and is separated into three areas: Check-in and main concourse along the front, Departures towards the back left and Arrivals on the back right upon entry. There are no gates in the main Terminal building; instead, there are three separate oblong Satellite buildings in which the gates are located, with a fourth satellite building under construction.[19] Satellites One and Two are reached by the Transit system taking passengers from the Departure hall and to the Arrivals hall in the main Terminal building. Satellite Two is also connected to the Terminal building by a walkway as is Satellite Three which is not served by the Transit system.

Satellite Three has no air gates which suits the preference of Stansted's biggest airline Ryanair of boarding and disembarking with steps. Satellite Three is where most Ryanair flights operate as a result and only Ryanair uses it. All other airlines use Satellites One and Two which unlike Satellite Three, are both equipped with air bridges however aircraft can still use steps at these Satellites also. Ryanair never uses Satellite One due to its dislike of the required use the Transit train for passengers to reach it. This is the most frequently used Satellite building by Stansted's other airlines, including EasyJet.

The Terminal facilities include several bureaux de change facilities, luggage services, internet access, toilets, showers, a chapel and multifaith prayer room for worship.[20] There are over 60 shops, bars, restaurants and cafés throughout the airport as well as the provision of airport lounges.[21]

Car Parks and Hotels[edit]

Stansted has a variety of Car Parking including Long, Mid and Short Stay options along with Valet and Meet and Greet Parking services. There is also two drop off areas available. The express area is located near the short stay car park while a free service is within the mid stay. A fee is charged for the express service.[22] Terminal Road North and its free drop off area directly outside the terminal was closed shortly after MAG took over the airport in 2013. Stansted also offers a range of Hotel Accommodation including the Hilton, Premier Inn and Radisson Blu hotels, the latter of which is within two minutes of the Terminal building via an undercover walkway. There are regular bus service transfers between the Terminal building and Stansted's Car Parks and Hotels.

Control Tower[edit]

Stansted's Air traffic control tower was completed in 1996 is amongst the tallest in Britain and was the tallest at the time of its construction.[23] It is located at the North-east of the airfield just to the South of the Terminal building. It has green coloured tinted glass which matches that of the windows on the Satellite buildings. It replaced the old Control Tower which offered poor views of the airfield once the current Terminal building was opened in 1991.

Other infrastructure[edit]

There are several cargo buildings and hangars around the airfield. The main cargo centre is located by the control tower and handles most cargo operations, including aircraft such as the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 and the Boeing 747. There are a small number of hangars on the other side of the runway to the rest of the airport. The largest are located at the south east of the airfield, one of which is used by Ryanair.

Titan Airways has its head office in the Enterprise House on the airport property.[24] Several airlines at one time had their head offices on the airport property. AirUK (later KLM uk) had its head office in the Stansted House.[25][26] When Buzz existed, its head office was in the Endeavour House.[27] When AB Airlines existed, its head office was in the Enterprise House.[28] For a period Lloyd International Airways had its head office at the Lloyd House at Stansted.[29] When Go Fly existed its head office was at the Enterprise House.[30]

Ground transport[edit]

A Terravision coach on the service from the airport to London.
The transit system which links the main terminal building to satellite buildings 1 (gates 1 - 19) and 2 (gates 20 - 39).

Trains[edit]

Stansted Airport railway station is situated at the Terminal building below the main concourse. Rail services to Birmingham New Street, stopping at Cambridge, Peterborough and Leicester run every 60 minutes operated by CrossCountry.

The Stansted Express train runs to and from London Liverpool Street in Central London every 15 minutes and the usual journey time is roughly 45 to 53 minutes. London Liverpool Street is served by the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and the Metropolitan lines of the London Underground network, offering access throughout London. The Stansted Express also calls at Tottenham Hale allowing for connections to the Victoria line, offering connections to the North and West End of London. Some services also call at Stansted Mountfitchet, Bishop's Stortford and Harlow Town en-route to London Liverpool Street.

Buses and coaches[edit]

Scheduled express bus or coach services run to and from Stratford (45 minutes), Victoria Coach Station (75 minutes), Liverpool Street Station (55 minutes) and Golders Green (70 minutes) (all in London), costing about half the train fare but taking longer. The bus station is next to the terminal building. National Express runs scheduled but infrequent direct coach services to the airport from Oxford as service JL737, taking about three hours, and hourly services to and from Cambridge. EasyBus and Terravision provide journeys between the airport and Central London.

A few local bus services operate to the nearby communities of Bishops Stortford and Stansted Mountfitchet, most notably the 510 (Harlow to Stansted), 308 (Bishops Stortford to Stansted) and the 700 Express (Stevenage to Stansted). Villagelink services 5 and 7 connect to many of the nearby villages. Journeys are free of charge within the vicinity of the airport, by reason of a green travel plan instituted by the BAA to reduce staff demands for parking space.

Roads[edit]

Stansted is connected to northeast London and Cambridge by the M11 motorway and to Braintree, Colchester and Harwich by the A120, which is dual-carriageway until Braintree.

As of October 1996, the airport has 2,500 short stay parking spaces within walking distance to the terminal. In addition, as of the same month, the airport has over 8,000 long stay spaces located near the M11 motorway and A120 junction. A courtesy bus service links the long stay spaces to the terminal.[31]The airport also offers mid stay parking, closer to the terminal than its long stay spaces.[31] Stansted Airport also offers valet-parking and a meet and greet service which is similar to valet but marketed more at the leisure traveller market. Both are run from the short stay car park[32] All car parking can be booked on the official airport website.[33][34]

Transit system[edit]

The Stansted Airport Transit System connects two of the terminals via a 2 mi (3 km) free automated people mover service which runs on dual concrete track. The system uses a mix of Adtranz C-100 and Bombardier Innovia APM 100 vehicles to carry passengers to departure gates; unlike the similar Gatwick Airport transit, the Stansted transit is only accessible "airside" (i.e. only after passengers pass through security).

Proposed developments[edit]

Second runway plans abandoned[edit]

The Arrivals hall in the Terminal building, which was extended in 2008.
London Stansted second runway
Location Essex
Proposer BAA Ltd.
Cost estimate £4 billion (£200m spent by 2010)
Start date unlikely before 2020
Completion date unlikely before 2022

On 11 March 2008, BAA submitted a planning application (titled "G2") to expand the airport by 3 sq mi (8 km2) and for the construction of a second runway and terminal, etc., in line with a recommendation in the 2003 Air Transport White Paper (ATWP). This would have been the subject of a public inquiry and, if approved, would have allowed Stansted to handle more passengers than Heathrow did at the time of the application.[35]

In May 2010 BAA withdrew its plans to build a second runway at Stansted and withdrew the plans to build a new runway at Heathrow.[36]

The ATWP had anticipated that a second runway would be operational by 2011, but this date continued to slip. BAA's 2008 planning application envisaged operation commencing in 2015, and in 2009, BAA revised the anticipated opening date to 2017.

Prior to the United Kingdom's May 2010 general election, all three major political parties pledged not to approve a second runway. Soon after the election, the new government confirmed this, and BAA withdrew its application for planning permission, having spent nearly £200 million preparing for the public inquiry and buying up properties.

The public inquiry into BAA's second runway application had been scheduled to start on 15 April 2009, but the start was delayed by Secretary of State Hazel Blears to allow time for BAA and the Government to consider the implications of the March 2009 Competition Commission's ruling that BAA must sell Stansted within two years. As 2011 drew to a close, BAA was still appealing against the Competition Commission ruling. On 20 August 2012, after losing a case at the Court of Appeal, BAA agreed to cease challenging the Competition Commission's ruling and to sell Stansted.

On 10 February 2010, Secretary of State John Denham, in an open letter, concluded that the inquiry could not reasonably start until after the General Election. In addition, he commented that the planning application documents were nearly two years old and would require updating. Eventually, BAA realised the futility of pursuing its G2 application in the context of the new government policy and withdrew it on 24 May 2010.[36]

Terminal redevelopment[edit]

MAG announced on 20 June 2013 as part of a visit to the airport by the Secretary of State for Transport that it would be launching an £80 million terminal redevelopment programme. The redevelopment will include relocating the security area, doubling the amount of seating and improving the information displays. MAG will invest £40 million and the remainder will be invested by other commercial partners.[37]

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE)[edit]

Stop Stansted Expansion logo

The advocacy group Stop Stansted Expansion ("SSE"), formed in 2002 as a working group of the North West Essex and East Herts Preservation Association, in response to the Government's consultation on expanding UK airports and, particularly, expansion plans for Stansted Airport subsequently defined in the Air Transport White Paper in December 2003.[38]

It still actively campaigns against what its members see as the unsustainable expansion of the airport. SSE was a major participant in the 2007 "G1" public inquiry and had committed to be a major participant in the anticipated inquiry into the 'G2' second runway proposal. Following the withdrawal of the G2 planning application the group called upon BAA to sell the homes it had bought to support the planned expansion.

In September 2012, as a result of pressure from the aviation industry, the Government set up the Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies,[39] to consider what, if anything, needs to be done to maintain the UK's status as a global aviation hub. If the Commission concludes that more airport capacity is needed it will produce a short-list of options by the end of this year and make its final recommendations two years from now, in mid-2015.

Throughout 2013 the Airports Commission has been publishing discussion papers and inviting submissions from key stakeholders on the main issues it needs to consider. SSE has so far made five submissions and is currently working on its sixth, in response to the Commission's latest discussion paper.[40]

SSE was also invited to give oral evidence and make a presentation to the Commission on aviation demand forecasting and connectivity at a public evidence session held in Manchester in July 2013.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

Stansted has been designated by the UK Government as its preferred airport for any hijacked planes requesting to land in the UK. This is because its design allows a hijacked airliner to be isolated well away from any terminal buildings or runways, allowing the airport to continue to operate while negotiations are carried out, or even while an assault or rescue mission is undertaken. For this reason Stansted has been involved in more hijack incidents than might be expected for an airport of its size.

  • On 27 February 1982 an Air Tanzania Boeing 737-2R8C landed at the airport after having been hijacked on an internal flight from Mwanza to Dar Es Salaam and flown to the UK via Nairobi, Jeddah and Athens, where two passengers had been released. The hijackers demanded to speak to exiled Tanzanian opposition politician Oscar Kambona. This request was granted and after 26 hours on the ground the hijackers surrendered and the passengers were released.[41][42]
  • On 22 December 1999, Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509, a Boeing 747-200F, crashed shortly after take off from the airfield due to pilot error. The only people on board at the time were the aircrew and all four were killed. The aircraft crashed in Hatfield Forest near the village of Great Hallingbury.
  • On 6 February 2000, an Ariana Afghan Airlines Boeing 727 with 156 people on board was hijacked and flown to Stansted Airport. After a four-day stand-off the hostages on board were safely freed and the incident ended peacefully. It later emerged that the motive behind the hijack was to gain asylum in the UK, sparking debate about immigration into the country. A large number of passengers on board the plane also applied for asylum.[43] In July 2004, it was reported that a number of hijackers had won their bid for asylum in the UK, their convictions for hijacking having been quashed for misdirection of the jury in 2003.[44]
  • On 24 May 2013, Pakistan International Airlines flight 709 from Lahore, Pakistan was escorted by RAF Typhoons after being diverted from Manchester Airport due to an on board threat. 2 men were charged with endangering an aircraft.[45]
  • On 21 September 2013, SriLankan Airlines flight UL503 inbound to Heathrow, was escorted by RAF Typhoons to Stansted Airport after being diverted. 2 men were detained for endangering an aircraft, one was formally arrested.[46]

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Notes[edit]

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  45. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22658979 | Retrieved 24 May 2013
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