London Stansted has received planning permission from Uttlesford District Council for a new £130 million (€150m) arrivals building, which will enhance the passenger experience and provide capacity for growth over the next decade.
“The granting of planning permission for our new £130 million arrivals building is excellent news for everyone connected to Stansted Airport and will transform our infrastructure and facilities to give our passengers the best possible experience,” enthuses Andrew Cowan, Chief Executive, Stansted Airport. “Stansted is a national asset and our investment will continue to boost competition and support economic growth, jobs and international connectivity for London and the East of England.”
The 34,000sqm arrivals facility, designed by architects Pascall+Watson and spanning three levels, is the centrepiece in Manchester Airports Group’s multi-million-pound programme to transform London Stansted and cater for future growth in passenger numbers. “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,” Cowan adds.
The new arrivals building will be situated next to the current terminal and will include larger immigration and baggage reclaim areas, new retail facilities, improved access for all onward transport options and a public forecourt to create a welcoming environment 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 begin later this summer to create some additional capacity in the short-term, including extra check-in desks, additional seating and restaurants in the departure lounge.
“This is on top of the ongoing investment to improve car parking facilities at the airport. Once completed, Stansted will be the only UK airport operating dedicated arrivals and departures terminals,” says Cowan.
Construction of the dedicated arrivals building will take place entirely outside the current terminal, helping to minimise disruption to passengers. It will take up to three years to complete once work begins late next year.
“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,” Cowan concludes.