Stansted boosts employment academy funding to £300,000

Stansted Airport has donated a further £50,000 to the Stansted Employment and Training Academy, operated by Urban Futures, boosting total donations from airport funds to £300,000.   

The latest funding is in addition to the £250,000* commitment made by Stansted Airport when the academy first opened its doors in 2008, will help build on the existing work of the Academy and is part of a long term commitment by the airport to support employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities. 

Chris Wiggan Head of Public Affairs, London Stansted Airport said:

“With unemployment rising above 2.5million and one in five young people now out of work, we’re delighted to do our bit to support the important work of the Stansted Employment and Training Academy with a further £50,000 funding.

“As the biggest single site employer in the region, we’re fully committed to helping people gain access to new skills and opportunities and the Academy provides a first class walk in facility for anyone seeking employment at the airport, wanting to improve their skills or get connected with apprenticeship opportunities. 

“The Academy is an integral part of the airport community and we hope this latest cash injection will help open the door to more opportunities, giving more people across the region access to the varied roles on offer here at Stansted.”    

The Stansted Employment and Training Academy delivers a range of services including:

-       Online listing of airport vacancies via its dedicated website www.stanstedairportacademy.com

-       walk-in facility for anyone seeking employment at Stansted

-       educational visits for primary, secondary and tertiary educational facilities

-       training support for airport employers and their staff

-       accredited pre-employment training for the unemployed

Anita Garrard, Manager of the Stansted Employment and Training Academy, said:

“Since opening our doors in 2008, and with the generous support of Stansted Airport Limited, we have supported thousands of individuals looking for new employment and helped deliver many training opportunities for people keen to improve skills and open new doors on their career path.

“Our partnership approach at Stansted, working closely with BAA, airport employers and public agencies, has proven to be very successful and we’ll continue to do all we can to promote the wide variety of career opportunities available at this major international airport.”  

For more information on services the Stansted Employment and Training Academy can provide look online at www.stanstedairportacademy.com, telephone 01279 661007 or visit the Academy in person at Stansted Airport (Open 09.00am – 16.00pm Monday to Friday).

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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 (01279) 87 00 64 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


Fantastic names sign up to Check-in @ Stansted
Written by Julie Budden   
Monday, 28 April 2014 14:11

check-in @ StanstedFantastic names sign up to Check-in @ Stansted

We’ve announced the event now let us tell you who will be there!

On Thursday 5th June 2014, the Diamond Hangar at London Stansted will house the first ever Check-in @ Stansted exhibition brought to you by the SACC and The Sowerby Group Limited. 

The event is aimed at the business, travel and tourism industry and is open to absolutely everyone to attend! It’s a chance to network with businesses in the region and to see what the area has to offer in terms of business services, attractions and career opportunities too and for those that are intrigued to see what is inside a unique building such as the Diamond Hangar, well why not come along and see?

Some of the exhibitors so far include Hilton Hotels, Hills Toyota, Weston Business Centre, Blueline Furniture, Holiday Inn Express, LPL Construction, Airport energy Services, Superfast Essex (Essex County Council), Lodges Travel, Fred Olsen Travel, Harrods Aviation, Quendon Hall and Freeport Braintree.

Shernaz Carney, Base Manager Stansted at Harrods Aviation said

“Harrods Aviation is a premium employer in the local area. Our reputation for exceptional London FBO services relies on the skill and professionalism of our staff.
We are always looking for people who are passionate about Harrods Aviation and the work we do, embrace the challenge of a fast-paced environment, and can uphold the highest standards both when facing customers and behind-the-scenes.”

Chris Wiggan, Stansted Airport’s Head of Public Affairs, and sponsors of this year’s event added:
“We’re delighted to be supporting the ‘Check-in at Stansted’ event that will undoubtedly provide an excellent opportunity for local companies to further grow and develop. The airport is a key catalyst for growth and jobs in the East of England and the UK, employing over 10,200 people across 190 on-airport companies contributing over £700 million to the local economy. With a growing international airport on the doorstep, this region has a lot to offer and is at the heart of driving forward growth and opportunities and this is where organisations such as the Stansted Chamber of Commerce and events like ‘Check-in at Stansted’ really can help.”

So, if you want to be part of an event that is destined to take off, check out the packages available online. There is a Gold Package available for just £395 + VAT and a Platinum Package available for £495 + VAT. There is also a package available for start-ups, ‘one man bands’, charities and local tourist attractions at just £99 + VAT.

Full details are available online at www.check-in-stansted.com  

You can also call 01279 870 064 or email Julie Budden

This really is a great opportunity not to be missed!

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.

M.A.G celebrates first anniversary of £1.5bn Stansted Airport acquisition
Written by Denis O'Regan   
Friday, 14 March 2014 10:27
Written by Julie Budden   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:22


Stansted traffic results for January 2014
Written by Julie Budden   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 09:55


Stansted Airport saw over 1.15 million passengers pass through the terminal in January 2014 – an increase of 7.2% over the same month last year.

Stansted Jan 2014The overall number of passengers using Stansted in the year ending January 2014 was 17.92 million, an increase of 2.6% over the previous 12 months.

Andrew Harrison, Stansted’s Managing Director, said:

“The increased number of passengers using Stansted this January compared to last year is a good start to 2014 and a signal of the airport’s future potential.

“Our £80 million terminal transformation project continues at great pace with customers already enjoying improvements to the security area of the terminal with even more changes to come. We are also set to welcome a host of new routes to our network in the coming weeks and months that will offer passengers even greater choice of destinations from Stansted.

“The aviation market in the south-east has never been as competitive as it is right now, and to sustain long-term growth we will need to exceed the expectations of our existing carriers and fight hard to win new business and passengers.”

Stansted's transformation project taking shape...
Written by Julie Budden   
Monday, 09 December 2013 12:17

£80 million terminal transformation project taking shape as new security area welcomes first passengers

Stansted Airport’s £80million terminal transformation project reached its latest milestone today (Dec 6) when the first section of the new security search area opened to passengers. The first phase of the project has seen the security area relocated away from its ‘landlocked’ central location to a new area twice the size and flooded with natural light on the south side of the terminal building.

The first section of Stansted Airport’s new security search now open to passengers.

The new, more spacious location will accommodate 22 security lanes when complete compared to the previous 18, with dedicated lanes for families, passengers with reduced mobility and fast track for premium travellers.

20 self-service smart access gates will scan boarding cards before passengers enter the new security screening area as part of the airport’s drive to improve the passenger experience.

The security area is due to be fully operational by Christmas following the launch of the transformation project in June this year by the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin.

The project is part of a major investment by Stansted Airport’s new owners, M.A.G, to transform the terminal by making better use of existing space and provide passengers with new security facilities and an enlarged departure lounge.

Martin Lyall, Stansted Airport’s Transformation Director, said:

“Stansted Airport’s terminal transformation project is really beginning to take shape and promises to be an important step towards Stansted’s ultimate goal of becoming the best airport in London. Our passengers have told us they want to get through security as quickly and safely as possible and we believe the additional space, easier access and improved way-finding in a great new location flooded with natural light is a real step change that will get passengers through security more quickly and efficiently.

“It’s been a challenging few weeks as we move from the old search area to the new location in time for the busy Christmas getaway but with careful planning and a dedicated team working around the clock, I am pleased to say we have hit another major milestone on time. 

“There’s still plenty more to do and we will begin construction on the departure lounge phase of the project in the new year but Stansted really is changing, and changing for the better, and we’re confident passengers, airlines and staff will love the new terminal when it’s fully completed in 2015.

“Our focus is to provide great service and facilities and put Stansted in the strongest position to compete effectively for new routes, airlines and passengers and this transformation of our terminal is a critical element in achieving this aim and central to our future growth plans for Stansted.”

Phase two of the project, which kicks off in January, will see a complete redesign of the international departure lounge. The transformation will provide a more intuitive and easier journey through the airport, including additional seating, better restaurants and more shopping choice alongside improved way-finding and additional flight information screens. The new design will also provide flexibility to accommodate future airline requirements as Stansted grows its existing customer base and begins to attract a broader range of airline partners.

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