£130million new Stansted Airport arrivals building gets the go-ahead
PUBLISHED: 06:57 06 April 2017 | UPDATED: 06:57 06 April 2017
Stansted Airport has been given the green light for a new £130million three-level arrivals building which will cater for future passenger growth over the next decade.
Planning permission for the multi-million pound project was approved by Uttlesford District Council’s planning committee today, and work will begin late next year.
The arrivals facility will be situated next to the current terminal and will include larger immigration and baggage reclaim areas, new retail facilities, improved access for onward transport options and a public forecourt.
The existing terminal will be reconfigured for departing passengers and work to create some additional capacity in the short-term, including extra check-in and additional seating, will start later this summer.
Construction of the new building will take up to three years to complete and work will take place entirely outside the current terminal, helping to minimise disruption.
Stansted says the new terminal will enhance the passenger experience and enable the airport to make the best use of its single runway.
Andrew Cowan, Stansted Airport’s chief executive, said: “The granting of planning permission for our new £130 million arrivals building is excellent news for everyone connected to Stansted Airport and will transform our infrastructure and facilities to give our passengers the best possible experience.
“Stansted is a national asset and our investment will continue to boost competition and support economic growth, jobs and international connectivity for London and the East of England.
“This project will strengthen our ability to do this by enabling us to make the most efficient use of our single runway.
Aviation Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said: “These plans signal the start of an exciting new chapter for Stansted Airport, which already contributes £1billion to the economy, and will help connect more passengers across the UK and throughout the world.
“Investment in our airports plays a key role in strengthening air links across the country, opening up new tourism and business opportunities and growing local economies.
“Plans for a dedicated arrivals building will ensure that Stansted can meet growing demand, improve the experience for passengers, create new jobs, and boost economic growth in the region.
“This is excellent news for the millions of passengers who travel through the airport each year.”