London Stansted Airport is one of the jewels in our county and in 2018 will be the fastest growing airport in the UK. It connects businesses and passengers to 200+ destinations across 40 countries and employs 12,000 people, half of those living in Essex. The airport is a long standing member and Patron of the Chambers and we fully support their ambitions for the future.
Over the next five years, MAG - the airport owners - have ambitious plans that will see a £600 million transformation of the airport, radically improving existing facilities and adding a new terminal for arriving passengers. With this, it expects to continue attracting new airlines to increase the range of destinations it serves.
The recent announcement from Emirates that it will begin daily services to Dubai in June is a clear statement of Stansted’s potential. It is committed to increasing international connectivity to help businesses trade globally as well as driving tourism, exports and investment into our region.
With Stansted expected to meet its planning cap of 35 million passenger a year (mppa) by the early 2020s, the airport is seeking permission from Uttlesford District Council, its local authority, to serve 43 mppa over the next decade. This will allow the airport to make the most efficient use of its single runway at a time when runway capacity at other London airport’s is in short supply.
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