19 NOVEMBER 2018
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A planning application to increase to 43m a year the number of passengers Stansted Airport is permitted to serve has been approved by Uttlesford District Council. The application was lodged by Stansted’s owner, Manchester Airports Group (MAG).
The airport earlier this year launched a 10-year transformation project (See BTN 26 February) including plans for new piers, an expansion of Terminal 2 and a new arrivals terminal scheduled to open in 2020.
The programme takes place against a background of rapid growth in passenger numbers at Stansted as larger aircraft have ushered in a growing long-haul network. The airport says the expansion will include "community safeguards”.
CEO Ken O’Toole said: “We are delighted Uttlesford District Council has approved our application, which will boost our region’s economic growth and deliver 5,000 additional jobs at Stansted.
“The decision offers Stansted and its airline partners the long-term clarity we need to make further investment decisions and importantly provides the local community with the assurance our future growth will be delivered in a measured and sustainable way.”
“It is great news for the airport, our staff and the region, London and the wider UK and will improve passenger choice and convenience and boost international long-haul routes to fast-growing markets like China, India and the US.”
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