London Stansted Airport is an international airport located in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, England, 42 mi (68 km) northeast of Central London.
In February 2013, Manchester Airport Group (MAG) acquired London Stansted Airport, with ownership and operations.
Airport Stats & Facts
- London STN Stansted serves over 160 destinations across Europe, Asia and Africa.
- It is London's third-busiest airport, currently serving around 18 million passengers a year.
- In 1990, STN was awarded the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies van der Rohe Award.
Airport Traveling Tips
- Travelers are advised to arrive at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure.
- Make sure to pack the luggage according to the guidelines and do not forget to carry a photo ID.
- Passengers are recommended to not wrap gifts, as security officers may have to search contents of packages.
- Before heading to the London Stansted Airport for a flight, please refer to the STN Airport map here.
Passenger Pickup and Drop-off
- Passengers can be dropped-off in the Express Set Down Area.
- For picking up a traveler, either you can use the Stansted Airport Short Stay car parks (Orange zone) or the free option in the Stansted Airport Blue Short Stay car park.
- Drivers should remember that vehicles must not be left unattended as they may be towed and will incur a towing fee.
- The Arrival flight status provides the arrival times, gate information, delays, and time to land for the London Stansted Airport.
- The Departing flight status lists scheduled vs actual departure, gate information, map tracking, and flight delays.
- To get the best deals, book a flight at STN here.
The terminal at London Stansted Airport is separated into three areas: Check-in and main concourse along the front, Departures towards the back left, and Arrivals on the back right upon entry.
No gates are in the main terminal building; instead, they are located in three separate oblong satellite buildings.
For more information, please refer to the STN terminal map here.
Various airlines operate at London Stansted Airport including Ryanair, British Airways, EasyJet, TUI Airways, and more.
View the full list of airlines served at STN Airport here.
Short Stay Parking
Short Stay Parking at London Stansted is right next to the terminal, making it a great option when you want a short route to check-in. There are five zones to choose from when you book Short Stay parking.
Starting from £50
Long Stay Parking
Long stay parking at Stansted Airport is the best value option for long trips away, perfect for those looking to be away for 2 weeks or more. It is Park Mark certified and benefits from the very best safety features, so you can enjoy your trip safely in the knowledge that your car is safe and secure.
Starting from £49.99
Passengers have a variety of ground transportation options after arriving at the London Stansted Airport including car rentals, bus, taxicabs, etc. They can choose according to their requirement and convenience.
Passengers can reach the Car Rental Village via a free bus transfer that departs from the terminal forecourt every 10 minutes. From small cars to large cars to premium cars, and more, there is a wide variety of options to choose from.
The on-airport provider 24x7 Taxis has a reservation desk located in the international arrival concourse. Also, STN Airport has teamed up with minicabit to give all the travellers the opportunity to book Stansted Airport taxis quickly and easily.
The bus station is just a 2-minute walk from the airport terminal. The Airport Bus Express offers great value and frequent services to London, running every 30 minutes.
Amenities & Services
For passengers to have an awesome stay, London Stansted Airport provides visitors with many different amenities and services including:
- Restaurants, cafes, and bars.
- Stores, gift shops, and local souvenir shops.
- Banks & ATMs.
- Multiple art installations and exhibits on display.
Address: Bassingbourne Road, Essex, UK, CM24 1QW, GBR
Phone: +44 844 335 1803
London Stansted Airport: A Brief History Timeline
- The airfield opened in 1943 and was used during the Second World War as RAF Stansted Mountfitchet.
- In November 1946, the recently established British cargo airline, London Aero and Motor Services, equipped with ex-RAF Handley Page Halifaxes, moved into Stansted.
- Beginning in 1966, after Stansted was placed under BAA control, the airport was used by holiday charter operators wishing to escape the higher costs associated with operating from Heathrow and Gatwick.
- Between 1988 and 1991, the construction for the current terminal was undertaken by John Laing.
- In 2006, MAXjet expanded their service with flights to Washington, DC, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.
- In July 2008, American Airlines withdrew from the airport.
- On 11 March 2008, BAA submitted a planning application, titled G2, to expand the airport by 3 sq mi and for the construction of a second runway and terminal, etc., in line with a recommendation in the 2003 Air Transport White Paper
- In 2017, Antonov Airlines opened a UK office at Stansted for cargo charter flights, generally of outsize loads.