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Stansted expansion approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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Uttlesford District Council has granted planning permission for a new £130 million arrivals building at London Stansted Airport.

The 34,000 metres squared building, designed by architects Pascall+Watson, comprises three floors and forms part of the Manchester Airports Group’s (MAG) multi-million pound programme to transform the airport to cater for future growth in passenger numbers.

Located next to the current terminal, the building will feature larger immigration and baggage reclaim areas, new retail facilities, improved access for all onward travel options and a public forecourt.

The existing terminal will be altered so that it is dedicated to departing passengers. This will mean increased space for check-in, security and the departure lounge.

The first phase of work is expected to begin later this summer to create some additional capacity in the short-term, including extra check-in desks.

Construction of the arrivals building will take place outside of the current terminal and will take up to three years to complete once work begins late next year.

Andrew Cowan, chief executive at Stansted Airport, said: “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.

“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.”

Once work is complete, Cowan said that Stansted will be the only airport to operate dedicated arrivals and departures terminals.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, aviation minister, said: “Plans for a dedicated arrivals building will ensure that Stansted can meet growing demand, improve the experience for passengers, create new jobs, and boost economic growth in the region.”

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