Jobs and investment

Stansted is the largest single site employer in the East of England. Our plan for sustainable growth at Stansted will provide a further 5,000 jobs on site for local people. Currently, 75% of people who work at the airport live in Essex or Hertfordshire.

Education and skills

In partnership with Harlow College, we are building the UK’s first on-site Airport College. Through this, and our Aerozone education centre, we will continue to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths education for all school ages opening up future career opportunities at the airport.

Supporting our economy

Our sustainable growth plan will double our economic output to £2 billion per year, strengthening the regional economy and particularly the London – Cambridge corridor. We will be a catalyst for growth and the benefits that brings.

Your local airport

We will continue to improve your local airport through significant investment in Stansted, including a new, dedicated, arrivals building. We will continue to improve the route network and airline mix, since 2013 we have attracted 14 new airlines and offer 40 new destinations, including New York, Toronto, Dubai, and many others.

In 2017, the airport achieved a record numbers of airlines, destinations and passengers and we expect to reach 35 million passengers per annum (mppa) in the early 2020s. This is why we believe the time is right to seek permission to make best use of the airport’s single runway.

Our proposals include:

  • An increase in the number of passengers we are allowed to serve from 35 to 43 mppa.

  • New airfield infrastructure to create a more efficient airport operation within existing site.


  • Retain our existing noise limits, agreed in 2008, as we grow.

  • Maintaining the agreed limit on aircraft movements.

Before submitting this application we engaged closely with local communities and undertook a consultation in summer 2017. Overall, the majority of people supported our proposals. At the same time, we recognise the need to address the impacts associated with the airport’s growth.

We have listened and adapted our proposals so that future growth meets existing commitments – no more aircraft movements or noise impacts than our earlier agreements.

Find out more about our application and plans to transform the airport by reading our brochure.

For more information about the planning application, you can read our summary document or visit the Council’s planning portal, the application reference number is UTT/18/0460/FUL.

To learn more about the application and future plans for the airport please attend one of our community outreach events.

We are suggesting a range of measures and commitments to ensure we grow in a responsible and sustainable way. These will be legally binding and subject to the approval of the planning application.

We will continue to champion improvements to Junction 8 of the M11 and A120, as well as faster and more reliable rail links to London and Cambridge. We will provide extra funding to support local road and public transport improvements, building on our record as the best airport for public transport.

A generous new Sound Insulation Grant scheme will help reduce the impact of aircraft noise on affected communities. We are also looking to expand Performance Based Navigation. Click here to see how this benefited local residents by reducing aircraft noise in 2017.

A new community and wellbeing fund will help to spread the benefits of Stansted to local communities, particularly by providing more financial and practical help to parish councils. This work will build on our existing work of the Stansted Community Trust.