We are delighted that Uttlesford District Council has approved our planning application to enable the airport to grow over the next decade. This will boost our region’s economic growth and deliver 5,000 additional jobs at London Stansted Airport.
This decision offers London Stansted and its airline partners the long-term clarity we need to make further investment decisions at the airport but also importantly provides the local community with the assurance that our future growth will be delivered in a measured and sustainable way.
From the outset, our local community has been a vital partner in this planning process and it was their feedback which lead us to put forward a proposal which did not seek an increase in the number of flights and committed to deliver the growth within a smaller noise footprint than our existing permissions require.
The decision is great news for the airport, our staff and the growth ambitions of the region, London and the wider UK and will improve passenger choice and convenience and boost international long-haul routes to fast-growing markets like China, India and the US.
The combination of the strong economic health of our catchment, our available runway capacity, the £600 million investment we are making in our facilities and the continuing desire of local residents to travel by air by London Stansted, will collectively ensure that the airport has a bright future.
I’d like to thank the hundreds of local residents, businesses, staff and on-site partners who have passionately backed our plans and I look forward to working with them all as we move into the next phase of our future.
Chief Executive, London Stansted Airport
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.
About the application
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.
To learn more about the application and future plans for the airport please attend one of our community outreach events.
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.