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Stansted Airport expansion gets council green light

Stansted Airport 130M redevelopment 3to2

Plans to increase the number of passengers using Stansted Airport have been backed by Uttlesford Council.

The council’s planning committee approved nine new stands, allowing the airport to handle 43M people a year. However, the government now has to approve the decision.

Stansted Airport being able to handle 43M passengers a year would mark an increase from the current cap of 35M passengers per annum.

The decision by Uttlesford Council’s planning committee to approve the plans was a close-run affair, as the committee chairman had to cast the deciding vote following a split vote.

The Council also said that to reduce noise from the additional air traffic resulting from the expansion, it would consider introducing an injunction that would force airlines to use quieter planes.

Meanwhile, Highways England has said that work on a £10M interim scheme to improve access between the M11, A120 and the airport will start in 2019 and take roughly two years.

London Stansted chief executive Ken O’ Toole said: This will boost our region’s economic growth and deliver 5,000 additional jobs at London Stansted Airport.

He added: “London and the wider UK and will improve passenger choice and convenience and boost international long-haul routes to fast-growing markets like China, India and the US.

“The combination of the strong economic health of our catchment, our available runway capacity, the £600 million investment we are making in our facilities and the continuing desire of local residents to travel by air by London Stansted, will collectively ensure that the airport has a bright future.”

News of the expansion plans being approved by Uttlesford council has come after earlier this week Stansted announced that it had seen its busiest ever October, with more than 2.5M passengers – marking an increase of 8.8% on October 2017.

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