London Stansted International Airport STN
serves England's Essex area and is the U.K.'s second-busiest - and Europe's fastest-growing - airport - due in part by an influx of low-cost airlines offering a cheaper alternative to London's other airports. Stansted Airport also has won high praise for its spacious and people-friendly terminal and for a unique wildlife area for plants and animals created in the shadow of the big jets. It was also the winner of Skytrax World's 'Best Airport for Low-Cost Airlines' awards for 2011 - 2014.
M.A.G. (Manchester Airports Group) is Stansted's operator - undertaking terminal renovation & expansion, as well as expanding airline flights.
STN Airport is located at Stansted Mountfitchet, in the local district of Uttlesford, in Essex - 48 km northeast of Central London - accessible just off M11 motorway (use Junction 8A from London, or Junction 8 from Cambridge and follow signs. Postcode: CM24 1RW).
With one long runway and an 24.3M passengers in 2016, London Stansted Airport is served by a host of domestic, international, low-fare & charter airlines offering countless direct and connecting flights to all parts of the globe.
NOTE: Stansted Airport shifted its Express Set Down area to the main forecourt, allowing passengers to be dropped off directly outside the main terminal.
Construction on a new Hampton by Hilton hotel
with 357 beds and direct access to the main terminal is tentatively to be completed by summer 2017.
Stansted Airport has one passenger terminal. Note that free WiFi service was extended to up to four hours - available in all main pasener areas (check-in, departure lounge, arrivals hall and at gates). Charging points are avalable at most bars & resstaurants and at the 'red box' seating areas in the departure lounge.
Present and future Airport developments:
In December 2016, London Stansted Airport unveiled plans for a new £130 million arrivals building - the latest phase in MAG’s huge transformation project for future growth at the airport, which is to result in capacity increase from current 24M to 35M passengers a year. The 34,000 sq.meter building with 3 levels is to be built right next to the current terminal and the Radisson Blu Hotel, and is to include larger immigration & baggage reclaim areas, new retail facilities and a public forecourt. This will enable the current terminal to be reconfigured and intended for departing passengers only - thereby creating more space at check-in, security and inside the international departures lounge. While the new Arrivals Building would (after approvals) take up to three years to complete, the current terminal’s improvements are scheduled for completion by 2022.