Stansted Airport proposes to increase its annual passenger cap by almost 10 million people

PUBLISHED: 15:31 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:03 07 June 2017

Aerial shot of Stansted Airport. Picture: MARK DAVISON/STANSTED AIRPORT

Aerial shot of Stansted Airport. Picture: MARK DAVISON/STANSTED AIRPORT

Archant

Stansted Airport could increase its passenger cap by almost an extra 10million people under new expansion plans.

Andrew Cowan, chief executive of Stansted Airport. Picture: TONY PICKAndrew Cowan, chief executive of Stansted Airport. Picture: TONY PICK

In a scoping document sent to Uttlesford District Council on June 1, the airport has proposed to amend the existing passenger cap of 35million a year to 44.5million, as well as to increase aircraft movements from 274,000 per annum to 285,000.

If it goes ahead, this would see an extra 11,000 flights a year from Stansted.

The document is a precursor to a formal planning application, which will contain plans for further airfield infrastructure including two new links to the runway, six additional stands, and three more at the north eastern end of the airport.

Andrew Cowan, Stansted Airport’s CEO, said: “By lifting the current caps, Stansted will be able to serve around 44million passengers a year on its existing runway by 2030.

“Making use of Stansted’s spare capacity will benefit not only dynamic and fast growing east of England region, but also London and the UK as a whole – supporting the creation of thousands of new jobs and billions of pounds in additional economic activity.”

Members of Stop Stansted Expansion Campaign (SSE), however, say they will fight the latest proposal.

Martin Peachey, SSE noise advisor, said: “The group is fundamentally against it and we are having a meeting on Tuesday to hammer it out.”

He added: “It’s a difficult judgement [about whether it will be successful]. We managed to defeat the second runway and that’s out of the window for a long time. This one will be a harder battle because it [the airport] can allow for up to 44.5million to use it.”

He also said that because the airport is currently only serving 24million passengers a year that the plans are “premature”, and will also have an impact on noise and air quality.

Mr Cowan, however, said the airport understands that growth is a “sensitive and important issue” for people living near to airport, and that they are committed to “engaging, listening and sharing” as much information as they can as they go forward.

The scoping document also said that, despite a proposed increase of aircraft, planes are becoming quieter.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dunmow Broadcast visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dunmow Broadcast staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dunmow Broadcast account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

A burglary was committed at a Co-op in Great Bardfield early this morning (November 17).

00:00

Endurance Estates Strategic Land would like to invite you to attend a public exhibition to discuss their proposals for the development of up to 120 new homes, public open space, and a care home, at Land at Parsonage Road, Takeley.

Yesterday, 14:53

Emptying bins and running the recycling service remains the most important priority for Uttlesford District Council, according to residents who completed a recent survey.

Yesterday, 12:45

A former police officer based in Essex has been found guilty of gross misconduct after having a sexually explicit conversation with a convicted paedophile and failing to report it.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Dunmow Broadcast e-edition E-edition

Most read stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Dunmow Broadcast weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy