13 JANUARY 2014
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The end of year holiday period saw Stansted Airport’s £80m terminal transformation project taking shape as the new security area welcomed its first passengers.
The first phase of the project has seen the security area relocated away from its ‘landlocked’ central location to an area twice the size and flooded with natural light on the south side of the terminal building.
The new, more spacious location accommodates 22 security lanes compared to the previous 18, with dedicated lanes for families, passengers with reduced mobility and fast track for premium travellers. Phase two of the project, which has now kicked off, will see a complete redesign of the international departure lounge.
In another move Stansted has been freed by the CAA to set its own passenger/aircraft fees which will allow it to compete (undercut) the other major London airports who have to go ‘cup in hand’ over charges. (See COMMENT)
“The CAA's decision (last Thursday) to step back from regulating Stansted is a welcome endorsement of the changes we’ve made, and a positive recognition by the CAA that in Stansted’s case competition rather than regulation will deliver the best outcomes for passengers and airlines,” said M.A.G CEO, Charlie Cornish. www.stanstedairport.com
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