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Stansted unveils plans for £130M upgrade

Stansted Airport has unveiled plans for a new £130M arrivals building which it says will significantly improve passenger experience.

The building is the latest phase in the multi-million pound transformation programme by Manchester Airport Group (Mag) – owners of Manchester, Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports – to support future growth at the airport and attract new passengers and airlines.

The airport said that it was currently the busiest single terminal airport in the UK with up to 5,000 departing passengers passing through its doors every hour at peak times. It said that with passenger numbers expected to increase over the next decade, particularly with runway capacity constraints at other London airports, it was submitting a planning application for a new arrivals building to cope with demand.

It said that its plan focused on growth, from today’s 24M passengers a year to the current planning limit of 35M. It said that the facility was designed to ensure that in the future the airport could make full use of its single runway and serve around 43M passengers a year, as set out in its 2015 sustainable development plan.

The proposed 34,000m2 building will span three levels and be delivered inside the existing footprint of the airport adjacent to the current terminal.

Subject to the relevant planning consents and approvals, it is expected the arrivals building will take up to three years to complete with other improvements to the existing terminal due to be finished by 2022.

Stansted Airport chief executive Andrew Cowan said: “The planning application and concept design for the new £130M arrivals building marks the latest phase in Stansted’s transformation and enables us to support further growth over the next decade and give our passengers the facilities that they want.

“Subject to planning consent, the next stage will be to develop our concept designs in conjunction with our stakeholders and business partners ahead of awarding any contracts for the construction works.”

London Stansted Airport in numbers:

  • 24M passengers per annum,
  • Fourth largest airport in the UK,
  • 50:50 ratio between UK and non-UK passengers,
  • 180+ destinations and 18 airlines,
  • Third biggest cargo hub in the UK – carried 250,000 tonnes in 2016,
  • Most European destinations of any UK airport – 2nd most in Europe behind Munich,
  • 11,600 people employed on site across 200+ on airport companies,
  • Mag has spent £150M improving the terminal facilities since acquisition in 2013.

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