10 APRIL 2017
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A new £130m arrivals building covering 34,000sq m over three levels to be built next to the current terminal at Stansted Airport was granted planning permission on Wednesday by Uttlesford District Council.
The building will be the centrepiece in the multi-million pound programme by the airport’s owner, MAG, to transform Stansted and cater for future growth in passenger numbers.
Planned features include larger immigration and baggage reclaim areas, new retail facilities, improved access for onward transport options and a public forecourt “to create a welcoming environment” for arriving passengers.
Airport officials plan to reconfigure the existing terminal to handle departing passengers only, providing more space at check-in, security and in the departure lounge.
The first phase of works will begin later this summer to create additional capacity in the short term, including extra check-in desks, additional seating and restaurants in the departure lounge.
The airport says construction of the new building will take place entirely outside the current terminal, helping to minimise disruption to passengers and will take up to three years to complete once work begins late next year.
Stansted chief executive Andrew Cowan said the grant of planning permission was “excellent news”.
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