by Tiana May
17 Oct 2022
London Stansted Airport has opened a new double airbridge to boost its ability to handle long-haul aircraft.
The 1.5 million GBP double airbridge is the first of its kind at Stansted. It joins the 11 single-door airbridges currently in operation at the airport.
Unlike the single-door units, the new double airbridge provides two main deck entry points for wide-body aircraft, such as Boeing 777s. In addition, it can also be used to access the upper deck of Airbus A380s.
This addition will improve the passenger experience, while also making aircraft turnaround times more efficient for airlines.
“This investment marks a significant milestone in our recovery and is part of an ongoing programme of upgrades we're making at the airport to enhance the customer experience. The brand-new airbridge will allow passengers travelling on wide-body aircraft like Emirates’ Boeing 777 to board and disembark more quickly and comfortably using two doors instead of one. We already have the capacity to handle all types of aircraft, but the new bridge will enhance our long-haul handling capabilities, future-proof our airfield infrastructure and improve performance for our passengers and airlines.”
The project took three months to complete and also included the addition of new fuel hydrants, underground cabling and modifications to existing aircraft parking stand facilities.
Since the pandemic, Stansted has invested in improving several facilities at the airport, including a new 70 million GBP hold baggage system that will speed up baggage delivery times, and a 12 million GBP refurbishment of the international departure lounge.
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East Midlands Airport has announced a new investment programme of over 120 million GBP to be allocated toward improving passenger experience.
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London Heathrow Airport (LHR) has signed an agreement with BEUMER Group to design and install a new baggage system in Terminal 2.
London Gatwick Airport (LGW) has proposed three project changes to its Northern Runway plan to further reduce its environmental impact.
The UK government has launched a slot reform consultation that will transform the nation's airport slot allocation system.
Birmingham Airport (BHX) has completed a 2.8 million GBP maintenance project to ensure its runway and taxiways remain safe and reliable.
Ferrovial has announced an agreement to sell its 25 percent stake in London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Ardian and The Public Investment Fund.
Bristol Airport (BRS) is set to receive a brand-new public transport hub from civil engineering specialist, Griffiths.
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Bristol Airport (BRS) has commenced work on a six-month refurbishment project for its Air Traffic Control Tower.
London Stansted (STN) has received planning permission from the Planning Inspectorate to extend its terminal building.
The UK government has updated its 'Air passenger travel guide' to help passengers understand their rights and responsibilities.
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Southampton Airport (SOU) has officially opened its runway extension at an event attended by the UK's Aviation Minister, Baroness Vere.
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Leeds Bradford Airport has contracted Leidos to provide new scanners, tray return systems and security software at its security checkpoint.
Edinburgh Airport has selected Smiths Detection to supply 8 computed tomography (CT) scanners that will enhance operations through security.
London Stansted Airport (STN) has announced its intention to submit a planning application for an expansion of its terminal building.
London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is preparing a planning application to put its Northern Runway into regular use, for departures.
Edinburgh Airport (EDI) has become the latest airport to deploy Veovo’s Intelligent Airport Platform to enhance its operations.
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Cardiff Airport (CWL) has deployed Veovo's Intelligent Airport Platform to enhance its operational efficiency and revenue management.
The Jet Zero Council has released a plan for developing zero-emission aircraft and installing the related infrastructure at UK airports.
Southampton Airport has celebrated the start of construction on a 17 million GBP project to extend the northern end of its runway.
The UK government has concluded its review of the airport ground handling market and set out how the sector can increase its resilience.
Luton Rising has confirmed that the Luton DART connecting London Luton Airport with national rail services has officially opened.
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) has released its 2022 Sustainability report, which records "a year of progress" towards its net-zero goals.
Rushlift GSE has won an extension on its five-year agreement to manage easyJet’s ground-handling fleet at London Gatwick Airport (LGW).
London Luton Airport (LTN) has submitted an application to expand its current cap of 18 million annual passengers up to 32 million passengers.
Ferrovial Construction has trialled Reactec’s R-Link smart watch to improve worker safety at London Heathrow Airport (LHR).
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London Heathrow Airport (LHR) has embarked on the second year of its Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) incentive scheme.
ZeroAvia and Birmingham Airport (BHX) have announced a partnership to support zero-emission, hydrogen-powered air travel.
London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports are trialling the use of eGates for children aged 10 and 11 during half term travel.
Glasgow Airport has announced a five-year partnership with Connected Places Catapult to establish the UK’s first Connected Airport Living Lab.
Scotland's Transport Minister has opened Inverness Airport rail station, with passenger trains arriving and departing from 3 February.
The High Court has dismissed a legal challenge against the Planning Inspectorate’s permission for Bristol Airport to expand its capacity.
The UK government has announced that airport slot rules will be restored to pre-pandemic levels for the upcoming travel periods.
Manchester Airports Group has announced a 440 million GBP investment in transforming Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal 2.
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London City Airport (LCY) is partnering with Leidos to transform its security experience with full CT scanner operation from April 2023.
British Airways has become the first UK airline to trial the use of biometric technology for international flights.
Bristol Airport and Jet2.com have opened an airside electric vehicle charging hub with Airport Carbon Transition (ACT) funding.
Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is partnering with Katrick Technologies to capture previously untapped wind energy across the airport campus.
AGS Airports is collaborating with ZeroAvia to explore the development of hydrogen fuel infrastructure for delivering zero-emission flights.
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London Stansted has received planning permission from the Secretary of State to develop its airport solar farm.
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National Express is trialling an electric bus to carry passengers from their gate to the plane at London Stansted Airport.
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Birmingham Airport (BHX) has announced it will invest in upgrading and expanding its security area by June 2024.
The CAA has published its Final Proposals for the maximum passenger charges at Heathrow Airport over the next five years.
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