14 Facts About Stansted Airport


London Stansted Airport serves over 160 destinations across Europe, Asia and Africa.

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Stansted Airport is a base for a number of major European low-cost carriers, being the largest base for low-cost airline Ryanair, with over 100 destinations served by the airline.

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Stansted Airport's runway is used by private companies such as the Harrods Aviation, Titan Airways, and XJet terminals, which are private ground handlers that are able to handle private flights, charter flights, and state visits.

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London Stansted Airport is located near the village of Stansted Mountfitchet.

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In November 1946, the recently established British cargo airline, London Aero and Motor Services, equipped with ex-RAF Handley Page Halifaxes, moved into Stansted Airport, using it as a base for its operations until it was wound up in July 1948.

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Airline easyJet announced the closure of their base at Stansted Airport, which had more than two dozen routes and existed for more than a decade, in August 2020.

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Stansted Airport has a variety of car parking including long-, mid-, and short-stay options along with valet and meet-and-greet parking services.

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Since 2004, Stansted Airport offers a range of hotel accommodation including Holiday Inn Express, Novotel, Premier Inn, and Radisson Blu hotels and the recently opened Hampton by Hilton, the last two of which are both within two minutes of the terminal building via an undercover walkway.

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In May 2010, BAA withdrew its plans to build a second runway at Stansted Airport and withdrew the plans to build a new runway at Heathrow.

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Advocacy group Stop Stansted Expansion was formed in 2002, as a working group of the North West Essex and East Herts Preservation Association, in response to the Government's consultation on expanding UK airports and, particularly, expansion plans for Stansted Airport subsequently defined in the Air Transport white paper in December 2003.

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Services to London are on the Stansted Airport Express train to and from London Liverpool Street in Central London.

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The Stansted Airport Express calls at Tottenham Hale, for the Underground's Victoria line and connections to various destinations in North London and the West End.

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Stansted Airport is connected to northeast London and Cambridge by the M11 motorway and to Braintree, Colchester, and Harwich by the A120, which is dual-carriageway until Braintree.

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Stansted Airport offers valet parking and a meet-and-greet service, which is similar to valet, but marketed more at the leisure-traveller market, both are run from the short-stay car park.

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