London Stansted Receives Planning Permission for Terminal Expansion

London Stansted (STN) has received planning permission to extend its terminal building.

This decision was made by the Planning Inspectorate following a hearing on 17 October.

The extension project aims to increase capacity to accommodate future growth, while also enhancing the passenger experience. To do so, it will add a three-bay extension to the back of the terminal building with 16,500 square metres of extra space.

London Stansted Expansion
The extension plan has resulted from an extensive analysis of options for adding terminal capacity

Key features of the extension will include a more spacious departure lounge with additional seating and retail options; modernised check-in desks; increased baggage capacity; and a larger security hall with additional lanes and CT scanners.

Gareth Powell, London Stansted’s Managing Director, said:

“Our plans will transform the airport experience for everyone connected with London Stansted, so today’s decision by the Planning Inspectorate to approve our scheme is excellent news for our passengers, colleagues, airport partners and the region we serve.

“Stansted is now entering a new phase in its history, as we look to serve more passengers than ever before. Our unique and growing route network, and easy access to and from London and the east of England, is a fantastic platform to build on. We know Stansted will have a critical role to play in serving the future capacity needs of London.

“Our aim is to be the airport of choice for even more passengers, and we are confident we can achieve that goal by further enhancing our facilities and attracting even more airlines to the airport to provide the best range of destinations.”

Stansted was London’s fastest-recovering airport from the pandemic, having served more than 27 million passengers in the past 12 months. This extension project now aims to provide the required space for further growth.

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