A new airline for new Stansted owners

Just one month after taking ownership of Stansted Airport, new owners Manchester Airports Group (M.A.G) have attracted its first new airline with the announcement that national carrier Air Moldova will move its UK flight operations from Gatwick to Stansted at the end of April.

Air Moldova flights will commence 29 April 2013 and operate direct to Chisinau International Airport twice a week (Friday and Monday) connecting passengers to the heart of the Moldovian Capital.

Welcoming the announcement Stansted Airport’s Managing Director, Andrew Harrison said:

“When M.A.G took ownership of Stansted Airport at the end of February we set out ambitious plans to attract new airlines and grow the range of destinations; so I’m delighted that Air Moldova is the first new airline to move their services to Stansted.


“Stansted has fantastic facilities and great on time performance.  To build on this record, we have significant investment plans - including £40million to upgrade the terminal and security areas - to transform the experience for our passengers and make the airport more attractive to airlines looking to move into or expand in London.

“This is a very welcome and early stage in our long-term objectives to grow Stansted.  We look forward to welcoming Air Moldova and their passengers to Stansted at the end of April.”

For further information and flight reservations visit www.airmoldova.md   


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Meet the Buyers Event 2014
Written by Julie Budden   
Friday, 03 October 2014 12:00

Multi-million pound contracts up for grabs at airport business event

• VIP aircraft hangar transformed into city style trading hall for Meet the Buyers 2014
• Firms with buying requirements totalling £500 million pounds
• 200 businesses from the East of England attending
Meet the Buyers 2014A super-sleek VIP aircraft hangar at Stansted Airport has been transformed into a city style trading hall today as hundreds of businesses bid for contracts worth millions of pounds.
London Stansted Meet the Buyers 2014 is linking suppliers and entrepreneurs based near the airport with companies that have an estimated buying power for good and services of £500 million pounds.  For the first time, the event is being held at Inflite’s VIP business aviation hangar to accommodate the growing success of the day.
Hosting a business breakfast to kick off proceedings, Andrew Harrison, Stansted Airport's Managing Director, said: Meet the Buyers 2014
“We know that an airport can create significant economic benefits for many people and businesses close to it, both directly and indirectly.  We also recognise that Stansted Airport is part of a vibrant local community and it is only right that the community shares in the economic benefits of having an international airport on its doorstep. That is why we’re committed to working with local businesses wherever possible and we want everyone to share in the airport’s success and benefit from this new and exciting chapter in Stansted’s history. “
Also speaking at the breakfast was Cllr Penny Channer, Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Essex County Council, who said:
“Essex is a gateway to the UK and a great place to do business. Events like Meet the Buyers give local businesses from Essex and the wider region a fantastic opportunity to gain new business and grow.”
Companies attending include Carillion, Galiford Try, UK Power Networks, Essex & Suffolk Water, Uttlesford and East Herts District Councils and Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk County Councils.
Dave Pearse from Essex and Suffolk Water said: “It’s one of the best Meet the Buyers I’ve been too. The venue has a real wow factor and the quality of the contacts made were absolutely outstanding.”
Perrie Dunnett from Signus Communications, he said: “Our favourite part of the event was the networking. We met people we can both work with and work alongside. I called a company on the networking board; we had a 20 minute chat and now have a follow up meeting in the pipeline to discuss future work.”
Paul Ballard from Mitsubishi Electric said: “As first time suppliers we’ve really enjoyed the day. We had nine meetings booked but managed to see 12 on the day. The contacts we’ve made have the potential to lead to six figure contracts.”
Rob Stefanovic from Omniserv said: “The venue is fantastic and we met a number of suppliers we’re working with as a result of last year’s event, and a lot of new suppliers that we are interested in working with in the future.”
Last year the event generated £1.8 million in new sales and business opportunities for local and regional companies proving that Meet the Buyers is an invaluable networking event for local businesses.
Stansted Airport is the biggest single site employer in the East with over 10,000 people working for nearly 200 on-airport companies. Not only does the airport offer more than 150 international connections that are vital for growth in UK trade and investment, it also handles thousands of tonnes of cargo helping to connect SMEs with the global marketplace.
Meet the Buyers is organised by Stansted Airport and run by Business and Enterprise Group and Bishop’s Stortford based Marketing Kinetics.

Access to Finance Roadshow visits Uttlesford
Written by Julie Budden   
Friday, 03 October 2014 11:34

Advice on how to access vital funding for growth 

Wed 15 October 2014

0930 to 1230

Hilton London Stansted, CM24 1SF

The free-of-charge event is being delivered by Essex County Council’s Essex Innovation Programme in conjunction with Uttlesford District Council, and is one of 10 taking place around the county.

The aim is to engage with businesses to understand their funding needs, give an overview of the funding that is available, and introduce businesses to partners and organisations who can offer further assistance and advice.

The event will cover:

  • grants and loans
  • working with universities
  • European and regional funding
  • project partners and business mentoring

... as well as bid writing, innovation and academic support.

There will also be the opportunity to network with other businesses and meet with representatives from banks and other organisations who can offer access to finance support.


9.30am – Doors open for exhibition viewing
10.15-10.40am – Three-minute exhibitor introductions (allowing for slight run over)
10.40am – Exhibition viewing/refreshment break
11-11.30am – Three-minute exhibitor introductions (allowing for slight run over)
11.30am – Exhibition viewing
12.30pm – Close

Exhibitors include:

  • Essex Funding & Investment
  • Start Up Loans
  • Essex Innovation
  • UKTI
  • Essex Skills
  • NWES
  • MAS
  • Growth Accelerator
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • University of Essex
  • Ignite
  • Foundation East
  • Eastern Plateau
  • RBS

To register for the event, visit www.Investessex.co.uk/events.

For more information of how to access business funding in Uttlesford, visit http://www.open4business.info/uttlesford/default.aspx.

Report on the VIP Airside Tour...
Written by Julie Budden   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 13:16

VIP Airside tour with Stansted Airport's Fire and Rescue Service

Rosenbauer Panther fire engine   SACC Members and guests had the privilege of joining Station Manager, Daniel Crick from the Fire and Rescue Service and his colleague Andy Wright from Airside Ops on Friday last.
panther2   Starting with a unique behind the scenes tour, Daniel and Andy went through some historic facts about the airport including the original location on the North Side of the airport which is now home to the prestigious FBOs (Fixed Base Operators) such as Harrods Aviation, Inflite The Jet Centre and Titan Airway who have the task of looking after private and corporate aircraft as well as some of the most famous people in film, music, sport and VIPs from around the world.
panther3   One of the topics covered was how something as simple as grass on the airfield has to be cut to a certain height to reduce risks.  Short grass encourages smaller birds allowing them to see approaching dangers and longer grass say over 400mm is able to fall over as it cannot support itself and has the potential to atrract birds to locate prey at or below the surface. Therefore guidelines provided by the CAA  have to be adhered to without exception.  Discouraging birds generally is a major part in reducing the risks of birdstrike, which can cause damage to aircraft engines with the potential of more serious consequences.
The tour covered the area where fire training is carried out and whilst giving some interesting facts about the fire service, a sudden blast of sirens approaching our coach from behind turned heads....  to get a feel of what we experienced checkout http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z8sKwkcEfg - you will be amazed!   DSC 4316 small
To recover from this exciting experience we returned to the fire station where we were provided tea and cakes and a chance to chat among ourselves and members of the fire and police services before being guided around the equipment in groups. 

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Jenkel Armed Respone Vehicle   Essex Police joined us at this stage with their Ford Jenkel Armed Response Unit together with guns and other all important kit which is on standby should the need arise!  Some scary stuff to say the least! 
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Stansted Airport's Fire Service took delivery of its fifth and final state-of-the-art Rosenbauer Panther fire engine as part of a £4million upgrade to its fire-fighting fleet in 2013 and this engine became the focus of the Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday with 2 of our members, Michelle Anthony from Bird Luckin and Jo Hart from Thremhall Park both entertaining the group and getting a soaking in the process.

Following the link to view the video


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Well Done Ladies!!!


On behalf of all SACC Members and Guests, I would like to thank both the Fire and Rescue Services and Essex Police for taking time out of their busy schedules to show us around and special thanks in particular to Station Manager Daniel Crick, Daren Barthram Head of Fire Services, PC Fiona Clements and her colleagues and not forgetting the baker, tea maker, clearer up-er and all those who took part on the day.

It was a very information and most enjoyable afternoon - thank you.

Julie Budden

Chair, SACC

London Stansted outlines the growth potential and benefits of existing runway
Written by Julie Budden   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:50
  • New routes and increased frequencies to drive growth and enable doubling of passenger numbers to 40-45 million per year on single runway
  • Growth achievable within agreed noise and air quality limits and existing boundary
  • Existing capacity has the potential to support an extra 10,000 on-site jobs and generate £4.6bn in additional economic benefit
  • Key enabler of growth in the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor and east London
  • London Stansted Airport today launched a consultation on its draft Sustainable Development Plan (SDP) that sets out how the airport will develop to make use of the existing capacity of its single runway. 

Stansted’s important role has already been recognised by the Airports Commission, and the plan will help inform its final recommendations to Government on the vital contribution that Stansted’s existing capacity will make to meeting demand over the next 10-15 years.

The plan establishes a framework for responsible and sustainable growth at Stansted, and demonstrates the airport’s ability to grow to handle 40-45 million passengers a year within agreed environmental limits and without the need for additional airport land.  Making use of Stansted’s existing capacity will generate an extra 10,000 on-site jobs and £4.6 billion in additional economic activity, and act as a key enabler for economic development in the thriving London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor and east London. 

The draft plan is a key element of Stansted’s on-going consultation on its approach to developing the airport to make more effective use of existing capacity. As part of Stansted’s commitment to increase the level of engagement with local communities, the airport will be holding a series of public exhibitions in local towns and villages during September and October.  Those with an interest in the airport’s future are being encouraged to visit an exhibition to hear more about the plans and give their views.

Launching the consultation, London Stansted Managing Director, Andrew Harrison said:

“Stansted’s potential for sustainable growth will be of enormous value as the UK strives to develop its global connectivity to support increased trade and investment, and these issues will be central to the Airports Commission’s work as it develops its final recommendations to Government.  This plan highlights the vital role that the existing capacity of Stansted’s single runway will play over the next 10-15 years in meeting these challenges, showing how the airport can more than double the number of passengers it serves and provide greater choice and variety for passengers.

“The airport’s prime location at the heart of the London-Stansted-Cambridge economic corridor means we will see a significant increase in demand at Stansted over the coming years, driven by strong economic activity across the region.  The plan establishes a framework for that growth to the capacity of our existing runway, supported by commitments on the way we will work closely and openly with our local communities to strike the right balance between the benefits and impacts of having Stansted on their doorstep.

“Making effective use of the runway will not only create an additional 10,000 on-site jobs and potentially generate £4.6 billion in economic benefits but it will also support the rapid growth of the dynamic corridor – already generating over £160 billion for the UK economy – plus the fast development and strategic importance of the East London economy.

“We strongly believe Stansted can increase international connectivity in the most sustainable, responsible and cost effective way possible. For example, our plan shows how we could operate within the agreed air quality and noise limits of our current planning permissions while at the same time making more effective use of existing capacity.

“We are now consulting so that we can take account of the views and ideas of those with an interest in how Stansted grows to make the best possible use of its existing capacity.  This will help us in preparing the final version of our plan later this year and I would encourage as many people as possible to share their thoughts during this process.”

Stansted’s potential for growth has been recognised by a wide range of business leaders, MPs and airlines, including:

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s Chief Executive: “Stansted is a very different airport with very different ambitions under the ownership of M.A.G. The airport has untapped potential and spare capacity so it’s vital to make full and efficient use of the existing infrastructure to provide more growth opportunities and greater value to airlines and consumers at a time when runway capacity is becoming ever more constrained in the south-east of England.”

Sophie Dekkers, UK Director for easyJet:  "Aviation plays a vital role in supporting the UKs economy and connecting British businesses and people with the rest of the world. Over the next few decades there will be demand for new aviation capacity in the South East. easyJet strongly believes that existing aviation capacity in the South East of England must be fully utilised. We welcome London Stansted's growth plans which show that Stansted can play an important role in providing significant additional capacity in the short to medium term."

Richard Currie, UPS Public Affairs Director: “Air freight is a UK success story integral to economic growth. Stansted’s role should not be underestimated as a key export hub which connects UK businesses to Europe and the rest of the world. It is vital that Stansted continues to be backed as an economic asset over the next decade.”

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of business group, London First:  “While politicians dither over new runways, they’d do well to understand what can be done in the short-term. Stansted is a national asset that could grow London’s global reach if Government woke up to the fact. With a better rail link up the Lee Valley to London, and a journey time that competes with Heathrow and Gatwick, Stansted could attract new long haul airlines. And instead of labouring under a false cap on passenger numbers, it could be freed to fulfill its destiny with a higher cap, while staying within noise limits already in place.”

David Lammy, MP for Tottenham and joint chairman of the London-Stansted-Cambridge Consortium political group:  “Since being sold last year Stansted Airport is once again increasing passenger numbers and providing Londoners with more choice and destinations. Its future prospects look strong. The new owner, M.A.G, seems committed to transforming the airport and Stansted should be allowed to reach its full potential. Making best use of Stansted will not only help provide more jobs, opportunities and better connectivity for my constituents in Tottenham but would help us attract investment in the rail links from London to the airport that we are all crying out for. Regardless of where London’s long-term aviation growth lies, the bottom line is that we need more air capacity now. Stansted is clearly best-placed to provide this short- to medium-term increase in capacity.”

Colin Stanbridge Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry:
“Stansted is a world class international airport on London’s doorstep with the capacity to do more for the capital and its businesses. Unlocking that latent capacity need not be difficult nor expensive: removing the artificial cap on the number of passengers able to pass through the airport would be cost-free. Likewise, the minor improvements to surface access that will deliver a faster and more frequent rail connection to the City have been planned for years and, with the political will, could be delivered efficiently and cost-effectively.

“The benefits of doing so are clear: London and Britain’s success relies on its openness to the world and its businesses rely on trade and foreign investment to grow and create prosperity. London and Britain suffers when aviation capacity is constrained. While politicians have dithered about where the next runway can be built, there needs to be a greater focus on what can be done in the short- and medium-term to alleviate the capacity crisis. The answer is right in front of them: a better connected Stansted that is able to make the most of its capacity would benefit businesses, London and Britain.”

Mark Pendlington, Chairman New Anglia LEP:  “Growth, business opportunities and jobs depend on the east of England being able to compete and win in the global marketplace. This is why Stansted has a major role to play in keeping our economy mobile and easily accessible for millions of business and leisure travellers, and for all those who want to make this part of the world a great place to live and work.  Stansted’s growth is at the heart of all the exciting opportunities that exist here so it’s vital the very best use is made of the airport’s existing capacity and infrastructure. “

Councillor David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council:  “A strong Essex economy needs sensible growth at Stansted to provide for more inward investment and to create jobs and business and leisure opportunities. I’m delighted that Stansted shares the big ambitions of a big county, and I will support work to tell the world how good we are and how much better we can be. I pledge Essex County Council’s partnership to improving our road and rail infrastructure helping people get to and from the airport quicker and more efficiently.”

John Dugmore, Chief Executive Suffolk Chamber of Commerce:  "Suffolk and the East of England is the home of hard work and entrepreneurial spirit. It is also home to some of the most forward thinking and highly skilled businesses in the UK and the role of Stansted Airport is fundamental to the future success of the regional economy.

"It is vital that the existing runway at Stansted is used to its capacity as more and more businesses look to do business across the EU and around the world. Our view and the view of business is that while this approach is the most sustainable and efficient it also means we can continue to attract investment into the economy in the coming years. By utilising the current runway to its maximum benefit we will see more investment, more economic growth, more jobs and more prosperity coming into our region."

David Burch, Director of Policy at Essex Chambers of Commerce:  “Stansted is a major asset to the economy of the East of England and Essex, particularly in terms of attracting inward investment to the UK along with visitors from overseas. It has planning permission to handle 35 million passengers a year but could handle up to 45 million without the need to construct an additional runway or make any major changes to existing airport infrastructure. It is already well known for low cost carriers but has real opportunities to add additional destinations and airlines and develop long-haul services. Essex Chambers of Commerce very much support M.A.G in these aspirations which bring with them the opportunities to create additional economic growth, 10,000 jobs and £2billion GVA for the benefit of not just Essex but the rest of the East of England and the UK general.”  

Keith Brown, Chief Executive Visit East Anglia:  “Tourism in East Anglia is worth in excess of £6bn and employs over 100k people with international visitors being a significant contributor to that total. Having such a gateway as London Stansted Airport provides tourism businesses in East Anglia access to over 150 international markets and therefore is important in helping build a sustainable and successful visitor economy. Tourism supports not only our vibrant cities but also many of our smaller towns and villages that need the visitor spend to maintain the shops and other local businesses for local residents to enjoy.”

Adrian Cannard, Director of Strategy and Planning, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP:   “Cambridge and Peterborough are dynamic cities and world leading centres for innovation and research so it’s important businesses in this area have quick and convenient access to international air travel to support economic growth and attract even more overseas companies to invest and locate here.
Stansted Airport already provides direct connections to over 160 destinations but it’s vital the airport makes the best use of its existing infrastructure and runway capacity to unlock further potential and ensure the area and its business community continues to grow and compete though enhanced international connectivity.”

Consultation runs until November 07th 2014. Dates and locations for the public exhibitions, including details on how the public can take part, are available by visiting: www.stanstedairport.com/developmentplan.

The final version of the plan is expected to be published in late 2014.

New Stansted Tourism Forum launched to boost inbound travel to region
Written by Julie Budden   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 13:39

Stansted Airport and Visit East Anglia have announced details of an exciting joint initiative ‘The Stansted Tourism Forum’  that brings together the expertise of tourism representatives from across the region in a partnership to help boost inward leisure and business travel.    

The tourism industry in East Anglia is worth around £6bn, employing over 100,000 people with overseas visitors making a significant contribution to the overall economic value.  Stansted is the region’s major international airport and primary gateway for European visitors, serving over 160 direct connections and welcoming more than 18.5million passengers a year, over 50% of which are foreign visitors to the UK.  

(L to R) Emma Thornton, Cambridge City Council; Keith Brown, Visit East Anglia; Yolanda Rugg, Herts Chamber of Commerce; Damien Sebastien, Herts Chamber of Commerce; Andrew Harrison, Managing Director, London Stansted Airport; Eleni Jordan, Abellio Greater Anglia; Graham McAndrew, Hertfordshire County Council; Helen Cutting, Visit East Anglia; Patrick Alexander, M.A.G Head of Low Cost and Charter Aviation Marketing The new tourism forum brings together representatives of Stansted Airport, Visit East Anglia, Herts Chamber of Commerce, Abellio Greater Anglia, Hertfordshire and Cambridge Country Councils to work in partnership to maximise opportunities for inbound tourism and boost the regional economies.    

One of the first areas of focus will be the business conference market, tapping into Stansted’s inbound flight connections that make it convenient to bring delegates together in one place and creating packages to include transport arrangements, venues across the region and tourist attraction add-ons.  

Greater support also needs to be given to the relatives of large student populations on the doorstep of Stansted wanting to arrange both short and long-term visits; and work will be done to help create packages to accommodate those inbound travel plans.     

Speaking about the new forum Stansted Airport’s Managing Director, Andrew Harrison said: 

“Stansted plays a very important role linking this region to over 160 direct scheduled connections across 30 countries that are vital for business and leisure passengers, but we also need to give better support to the inbound travel market. We have ambitious plans to attract more airlines and offer even more choice of routes so I’m very excited to be involved with the new Stansted Tourism Forum that has a clear focus on boosting the inbound travel market to the region and helping maximise the full potential of this dynamic and exciting part of the UK.”

Chief Executive Officer for Visit East Anglia, Keith Brown said:

“We’re delighted to work in partnership with Stansted Airport to help grow the visitor economy across the region and hope this initiative will make the airport even more attractive to the inbound market and support Stansted’s efforts to secure new airlines and routes.  Overseas visitors generally stay longer, putting more into the economy and with East Anglia’s offer of unrivalled tourism experiences, from world class cities and towns to the best of the English countryside, together with the investment taking place to improve services and facilities at Stansted , this is going to be a powerful combination.”

Stansted Airport traffic results for June 2014
Written by Julie Budden   
Friday, 11 July 2014 11:34

Stansted Airport welcomed nearly 200,000 more passengers in June 2014 compared to the same month last year as over 1.85 million passengers passed through the terminal, an increase of 11.7% over June 2013. 

The monthly rate of passenger growth in June is the highest the airport has experienced for any month in the last eight years.  This was achieved despite the loss of 88 flights that were cancelled towards the end of the month due to French air traffic control strike action.

The annual number of passengers using the airport rose to 18.48 million, an increase of 4.2% over the previous 12 months.



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 Andrew Harrison, Stansted’s Managing Director, said:  “The continuing growth of passenger numbers at Stansted clearly demonstrates just how far the airport has come since being acquired by M.A.G last year. To experience our highest monthly rate of growth since 2006 is a fantastic achievement and sends a loud and positive message that Stansted is changing for the better. 

“Stansted has a critical role to play in the coming years in meeting the UK’s need to increase connectivity. As the only airport in the congested South-East with significant room to grow, it’s vital we make the most of the infrastructure we already have.

“To this end, we will shortly begin consulting with our local communities on our proposed Sustainable Development Plan that considers the benefits and effects of how the airport might develop to make full use of the existing runway 

“We have planning permission for 35 million passengers a year but could provide additional capacity with relatively low impacts, high benefits and supporting the UK’s economic growth ambitions in the most cost effective and sustainable way possible.”

A unique networking opportunity...
Written by Julie Budden   
Friday, 11 July 2014 11:22

Join us for a behind the scenes look at Stansted Airport courtesy of Stansted's own 

Fire and Rescue Services

Fire and Rescue Service

Friday 29 August 2014 1300 hrs to 1600 hrs (times may vary)

Take a guided tour and see the airport from a different perspective, then enjoy a showround of the Fire & Rescue Services facilities at Stansted Airport followed by an opportunity to network with fellow business professionals over a cuppa and a cake.

Spaces are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment (only 9 left as at 11/7)

You must be over 18 years old and hold a valid UK passport.


SACC Members: £15 + vat - Non Members: £25 + vat.  Including refreshment and free parking.

Payment Terms:

Cheques made payable to SACC and sent to 3rd Floor, Endeavour House, London Stansted Airport, Essex. CM24 1SJ.  For BACS payments, please contact Julie Budden for account details.   Payment strictly prior to event 


Middle East airline joins Stansted’s global cargo network
Written by Julie Budden   
Friday, 02 May 2014 14:28
  • Qatar Airways Cargo to fly five times a week between Stansted, Doha and Hong Kong

  • First regular service by one of the Middle East’s major carriers

  • First cargo route launched since Stansted was deregulated by CAA

London Stansted welcomed the arrival of Qatar Airways Cargo today (May 2), marking the launch of the airport’s first scheduled cargo link to the Middle East and the carrier’s first scheduled freighter service into the UK.

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The airline will operate five weekly flights to Britain’s third busiest cargo airport, from Hong Kong via the Qatari capital, Doha, using a Boeing 777-200 freighter. The first flight touched down at 3.40am and was welcomed to London by a water arch created by two airport fire fighting vehicles. 

Graeme Ferguson, M.A.G’s Commercial Director for Cargo, said:

“Stansted Airport and M.A.G are delighted to welcome Qatar Airways' new five times a week flights from its hub in Doha, the first scheduled cargo service by one of the Middle East’s major carriers. The service will open up new markets for customers from the Middle East and beyond, as well as for businesses and exporters from across London and the eastern region.

“As the only major London gateway with capacity to support growth and economic activity, we see this service as a key milestone in our strategy for developing Stansted’s cargo operation.  We are committed to ensuring that Stansted remains a cargo centre of excellence for the UK and this first service for Qatar Airways is another key step in Stansted’s service offering.  We provide unrivalled operational resilience and standards of excellence, key requirements for Qatar Airways’ own service delivery model and five star airline service.”

Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways Chief Cargo Officer, said:

“Stansted Airport is a key freight airport and with this launch, we are delighted to begin our first dedicated freighter service in the United Kingdom. We are sure that this new addition will benefit the freight industry. We take this opportunity to thank the authorities at Stansted Airport for their support in enabling the commencement of our first freighter route in the UK.”

The new route is the first cargo service to be launched following the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) decision in March to remove Stansted from economic price regulation. Following a two-year review, the CAA concluded that Stansted did not have substantial market power in its cargo operations and that it should be free from regulation to compete with other airports for cargo services.

“The CAA's decision to take Stansted's cargo operations out of economic regulation is a clear endorsement of the changes M.A.G has made at Stansted under new ownership. The move was recognition by the CAA that in Stansted’s case, competition rather than regulation will deliver the best outcomes for customers. We believe there is a significant opportunity to grow the cargo business at Stansted by adopting a different commercial approach, and we are committing considerable time and effort engaging with cargo operators,” added Mr Ferguson.

Written by Julie Budden   
Friday, 02 May 2014 07:31

Summer 15 flights to Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas

Thomas Cook Airlines @FlyTC has today announced that, for Summer 2015, it will operate flights from London Stansted to Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas, becoming the only airline to offer a long haul programme from the airport.

Thomas Cook Disney OrlandoLast year, Thomas Cook Airlines announced that from this June it will operate two aircraft from Stansted – using the larger Airbus A321 replacing the existing A320 – bringing an increased amount of flights and holidays which are now on sale for holidaymakers from the East and South East of England to a range of new destinations. 

With long haul flights on a larger Airbus A330, the additional flights in 2015 will begin on the weekend of Friday 17 July - with two flights a week to Orlando and one per week to both Cancun and Las Vegas – and continue up until the 17 August 2015.     

Christoph Debus, CEO Thomas Cook Airlines said, “It’s great news that we are able to continue to grow our partnership with London Stansted – and it’s even better news for holidaymakers in the East and South East of England as they can now fly long haul from their local airport.

“With yet more flights travelling further afield, to popular long haul resorts, we’re looking forward to building on the continued success of our Stansted fleet, meeting the growing demand from the region for more choice from airlines operating from the airport.” 

Stansted Airport’s Managing Director, Andrew Harrison, said, “We’re delighted Thomas Cook Airlines are the first airline to announce new long-haul connections from Stansted when theyThomas Cook - Cancun launch services to Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas from next summer.  Stansted already has an unrivalled network of European destinations but today’s announcement demonstrates our drive to improve services and expand the range of destinations we offer. 

“This is yet another vote of confidence by Thomas Cook Airlines, who are already expanding this summer with 8 new routes using larger aircraft.  Thomas Cook Airlines recognise our untapped potential and what a great airport Stansted is for passengers travelling to and from London and the East of England so the development of all these new services is not only great news for Stansted, but great news for the wider region.   

“This news continues the positive evolution of Stansted under MAG ownership and we look forward to giving Thomas Cook Airlines our full support as they develop these new connections which I’m sure will prove very popular with our passengers.”

Thomas Cook - Las VegasFrom June 2014, Thomas Cook Airlines will serve 18 destinations from London Stansted Airport, with over 150,000 passengers each year flying with the airline from the airport.

As well as calling into any of Thomas Cook or Co-operative Travel stores, Thomas Cook Airlines’ flight-only offers are available at www.flythomascook.com.  Thomas Cook’s Summer 2014 and 2015 holidays are available now at www.thomascook.com or by calling 0844 412 5970.

Flight only deals

  • Stansted – Las Vegas  from £749
  • Stansted – Cancun from £759
  • Stansted – Orlando from £899

Prices are return per person,, and include baggage allowance and meals.

To book visit www.flythomascook.com

Holiday offers

  • Thomas Cook – 14 nights in Orlando from £1,185 per person.  Staying at the 3 star Rosen Inn International on International Drive on room only, departing from London Stansted on 17th July 2015
  • Thomas Cook – 14 nights in Mexico from £1,889 per person.  Staying at the 4 star Gran Caribe Real Hotel in Cancun on all-inclusive, departing from London Stansted on 18th July 2015
  • Airtours  - 7 nights in Las Vegas from £965 per person Staying at the 3 star Circus Circus Hotel on the Strip on room only, departing from London Stansted on 3rd August 2015

All bookable at www.thomascook.com 0844 412 5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Co-operative Travel


Stansted Airport award for 4th year running!
Written by Julie Budden   
Friday, 28 March 2014 09:40

Stansted scoops best airport award for the fourth year running

London Stansted Airport is flying high after being crowned the world’s best airport for low-cost airlines for the fourth year in a row at the World Airport Awards.

Stansted’s Managing Director, Andrew Harrison, with the SKYTRAX award at the ceremony in Barcelona on March 26. The airport topped the poll of nearly 13 million passengers in the annual SKYTRAX airport customer survey. The survey focused on all aspects of the passenger journey and captured the opinions of over 110 different nationalities at 410 airports across the world.

At the ceremony in Barcelona, Stansted’s Managing Director, Andrew Harrison, said:

“It’s a fantastic achievement and a very proud moment for everyone at Stansted to be voted the world’s best airport for low-cost airlines for the fourth year in a row. The airport has been at the heart of low-cost travel revolution for the last 15 years and this award demonstrates we are still the undisputed world leader at serving this growing and vibrant airline sector.

“Stansted has returned to growth over the past year as more and more passengers recognise that the airport is the best way to get to and from Europe. The good news for passengers is that Stansted has plenty of room to grow, and with a major investment project underway to transform our terminal, this really is an exciting time for the airport.”

The World Airport Awards ceremony took place on March 26 in Barcelona as part of Passenger Terminal Expo, the world’s leading international airport terminal conference and exhibition.

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