New £130m terminal for Stansted Airport approved

A new £130m arrivals building for London Stansted Airport is set to enhance the passenger experience and provide capacity for growth in the next decade at the fast-growing Essex facility.

Planning permission for the 34,000m2 arrivals building, designed by architects Pascall+Watson and spanning three levels, was approved by Uttlesford District Council last week, allowing work to begin in late summer.

The centrepiece in owner Manchester Airport Group’s multi-million pound programme to transform Stansted Airport and cater for future growth in passenger numbers will be located next to the existing terminal and will include larger immigration and baggage reclaim areas, new retail facilities, improved access for all onward transport options and a public forecourt for arriving passengers.

The existing terminal will be reconfigured so that it is dedicated to departing passengers, providing more space at check-in, security and in the departure lounge.  The first phase of works will create additional short-term capacity including extra check-in desks, additional seating and restaurants in the departure lounge.

Stansted Airport chief executive Andrew Cowan said: “At a time when airport capacity in the country is at a premium, Stansted is playing a vital role in supporting both the regional and national economy. This project will strengthen our ability to do this by enabling us to make the most efficient use of our single runway.

“Since MAG acquired Stansted in early 2013, passenger numbers have grown by 40% – that’s more than seven million additional passengers than there were when we took over.  We have also attracted new airlines to serve more than 40 new routes and created the largest network of European destinations in the country, providing greater competition and choice for our passengers.”

“Once completed, Stansted will be the only UK airport operating dedicated arrivals and departures terminals.”

Aviation Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said: “These plans signal the start of an exciting new chapter for Stansted Airport, which already contributes £1 billion to the economy, and will help connect more passengers across the UK and throughout the world.

“Investment in our airports plays a key role in strengthening air links across the country, opening up new tourism and business opportunities and growing local economies.  Plans for a dedicated arrivals building will ensure that Stansted can meet growing demand, improve the experience for passengers, create new jobs, and boost economic growth in the region.  This is excellent news for the millions of passengers who travel through the airport each year.”

The new terminal will take up to three years to complete when work on the new site begins next year.

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