Stansted publishes Sustainable Development Plan highlighting the growth potential of existing runway
The ability to double passenger numbers to 40-45 million within agreed noise and air quality limits and existing boundary
Supporting extra 10,000 on-site jobs and generating £4.6bn in additional economic benefit
Key enabler of growth in the East of England, east London and along the burgeoning London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor
London Stansted Airport has today published its Sustainable Development Plan (SDP) setting out how the airport will be developed over the next 10-15 years to make use of the existing single runway.
Stansted is the UK’s fastest growing major airport, serving over 20 million passengers a year. The airport has the capacity to more than double its current throughput to around 40-45 million passengers a year within the existing airport boundary and approved environmental limits. Making use of Stansted’s spare capacity also has the potential to generate an extra 10,000 on-site jobs and £4.6 billion in additional economic activity, demonstrating the vital role the airport has to play in not just supporting economic growth and development in the region but also international connectivity for the UK to support increased trade and investment.
As part of its commitment to working in partnership with key stakeholders and local communities, Stansted carried out an extensive consultation to take account of the views and ideas of those with an interest in the airport’s future development. During the consultation period Stansted held 10 public events in surrounding towns and villages; 11 local authorities, 10 parish councils and 14 business groups along with members of the public responded to the consultation and the consultation website pages received over 4,000 visits.
The majority of respondents recognised the value of making use of the existing runway capacity at Stansted and offered their support, subject to appropriate mitigation measures being in place to minimise environmental impacts. Many also noted how Stansted’s community outreach programme and approach to partnership working were positive changes under Manchester Airport Group’s (MAG) ownership.
Getting passengers to and from the airport was another key priority for stakeholders, in particular the rail journey times between Stansted Airport and London. There was strong support for the partnership approach being taken by the airport to working with DfT and Network Rail to identify ways to speed up rail services on the West Anglia Main Line, both for airport passengers and other users.
As a result of the consultation process, changes to the Sustainable Development Plan that Stansted has introduced include:
- A renewed commitment to work in close partnership with neighbouring authorities, the London Boroughs, the Greater London Authority and transport providers to develop robust business cases to secure investment in transport infrastructure including the West Anglia Mainline, A120 and M11
- To work with partners including community groups, airlines, air traffic control and Government to understand and minimise the impact of all aspects of noise and drive forward change with our aim and commitment to provide transparent reporting of air noise impacts as well as to manage, mitigate and reduce where possible the number of people affected by noise
- The continuation of a Community Trust Fund to support social, economic and environmental projects. In the last financial year (2013-14), Stansted Airport contributed over £112,000 to the Community Trust Fund.
- An extension to MAG apprenticeship programmes to increase the number of new recruits to 10 a year and work with on-airport partners to increase or introduce apprenticeship opportunities across the airport
- An increase in the reach of our employment and education projects to North and East London Boroughs
Stansted Airport’s Managing Director, Andrew Harrison said:
“Stansted has such a bright future and will play a key role in the region’s long term success by providing the international connectivity needed to make this part of the UK a great place to live and work.
“The Sustainable Development Plan sets out how the airport can grow over the next 10-15 years to make use of the capacity provided by the existing runway and generate an extra 10,000 on-site jobs plus £4.6 billion in additional economic activity, and demonstrates the vital contribution Stansted will make to supporting economic growth of this region, right along the London-Stansted-Cambridge growth corridor.
“I would like to thank all respondents for their input into the consultation process and those that took time to visit the public exhibitions. The dialogue doesn’t stop here and we will continue with our partnership approach and ensure all our stakeholders are kept up to date with airport developments.”
Local authorities and business groups commenting on Stansted’s potential for growth included:
Councillor Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council: “We recognise and value the importance of Stansted Airport to our county’s economy, as a gateway to Europe and the rest of the world and therefore as a crucial enabler for our ambitious plans for growth. We welcome the positive relationships that have been established with Manchester Airport Group (MAG) since the acquisition of Stansted Airport and plans to diversify the operations so look forward to working with MAG to build on this collaborative approach and help develop Stansted’s plans for growth.”
Councillor Lady Newton, Braintree District Council: “Braintree District Council recognises the importance of Stansted Airport’s status as a major part of the UK’s strategic infrastructure and, increasingly, as a key driver of economic growth regionally and nationally. The Airport is already a major employer of the District’s residents and will continue to provide significant employment opportunities so we support the Airport’s planned growth within its existing planning permission.”
Baroness Jo Valentine, CEO of London First: “Better air links serving London will grow Britain’s ability to trade with the world, attract investment and generate jobs. Seeing as we probably won’t get a new runway to serve London for over a decade, we need to maximise the potential of those airports serving the capital that have spare capacity. Under the ownership of MAG, Stansted has made impressive and rapid progress in improving the quality of its service and attracting new passengers and routes. We would now like to see government help stimulate future growth potential by improving the quality of rail-air links serving the airport.”
The Sustainable Development Plan is available to view online at www.stanstedairport.com/developmentplan
A leading transport expert has highlighted the significant benefits better rail links could bring for the millions of passengers travelling to and from Stansted Airport during a speech at the airport.
Jim Steer, founder and director of global transport consultancy, Steer Davies Gleave, said that a new rail line between the airport and London Liverpool Street could reduce journey times to less than 30 minutes during his keynote address to delegates attending the 14th Stansted Airport Transport Forum.
He said that improvements would also benefit the East of England and its economy by enabling faster journey times and new direct services to key destinations in the region such as Canary Wharf, Cambridge, Colchester, Norwich and Ipswich.
Mr Steer said:
“A new rail line between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport and onwards to the east and north would significantly improve access times to around 26 minutes to the airport. London - particularly east London - will see significant economic and population growth over the next twenty to thirty years. The same is true of the corridor between London and Cambridge. To support this growth, we urgently need a strategic plan for housing and transport infrastructure. Rail infrastructure development, centred on Stansted, makes good sense and would increase the airport's competitiveness and have wider economic benefits for the East of England region.”
Mr Steer’s comments came in the same week as the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s announcement to form a taskforce to study options for improving London-Stansted-Cambridge rail links.
Stansted Airport’s Managing Director, Andrew Harrison, said:
“Unlike other London airports, Stansted has spare runway capacity today and significant room to grow in the future. It is vital that faster rail services are delivered between London and Stansted to ensure this potential is realised as soon as possible.”
Over 100 community representatives, local councillors and public transport professionals attended this year's forum which took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Feb 19. The annual event showcases the work that the airport and its partners undertake to improve surface access links to the airport and sets future targets to maintain Stansted’s position as the number one major airport in the UK for public transport usage. Speakers included Jim Steer; Stansted Airport's Managing Director, Andrew Harrison; Essex County Council's John Pope; Andrew Camp from Abellio Greater Anglia; and Tomas KreiJ, Head of Commercial Services at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport.
January traffic increases by 28%, the highest monthly rate since 2004
Stansted Airport has passed the 20 million passengers a year milestone for the first time since 2009 as a bumper start to 2015 saw annual traffic figures increase by 13.3% over the previous 12 months.
The total number of passengers using the fastest growing major airport in the UK increased to 20.3 million as Stansted served over 170 destinations across Europe and North Africa in the year ending January 2015. The top five most popular destinations during the year were the key cities of Dublin, Rome, Barcelona, Milan and Madrid.
January traffic numbers grew by over 28% as over 326,000 more passengers passed through the airport compared to the same month last year to make it the busiest January at Stansted since 2007 and the highest monthly rate of growth since April 2004.
Andrew Harrison, Stansted’s Managing Director, said:
“To be the UK’s fastest growing major airport and pass the symbolic 20 million passenger milestone just four months after breaking through the 19 million a year figure is a fantastic achievement and a clear demonstration of the popularity and importance our passengers place on the extensive route network we offer with our airline partners at Stansted.
“Stansted serves over 170 destinations and provides more scheduled routes into Europe than any other UK airport. It’s this connectivity that continues to drive our rapid passenger growth along with the strength of our thriving catchment area at the heart of the growing and increasingly successful London-Stansted-Cambridge economic corridor.
Celebrating Stansted passing the 20 million passenger milestone (from left to right)
Samantha Johnson, Stansted Airrport Customer Experience Manager;
Andrew Harrison, Stansted Airport Managing Director;
Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer;
Farrah Ahmed, Stansted Airport Customer Experience Manager.
“We recognise it’s really important we provide quick, easy and regular access to major cities across Europe so I’m delighted we now offer at least four flights a day to key destinations including Barcelona, Rome, Milan, Rome, Madrid and Dublin. This connectivity makes the airport even more attractive, especially to business travellers who rely on convenience, choice and flexibility.
“Our focus now is to build on this success and continue to support the growth ambitions of the region by offering more choice and attracting new airlines, including full service scheduled carriers and the long-haul routes that the region demands and value so highly.
“In the coming year we will complete the £80 million project to transform the terminal and passenger facilities, deliver an £8 million upgrade to the Satellite One departures area as part of our strategy to attract new airlines, open a new Escape passenger lounge as well as launch a £500,000 education centre for local schools in what promises to be a very exciting and defining phase of Stansted’s continuing evolution.”
Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs said:
“As London Stansted’s biggest airline, Ryanair is pleased to continue to deliver millions of passengers as we carry 17 million Ryanair customers to and from Stansted this year and grow by 12%. Our 6 new London Stansted routes to Clermont, Cologne, Deauville, Edinburgh, Glasgow International and Ponta Delgada (Azores) are booking fast, while we also have extra flights on 40 other routes.
“UK visitors and customers can choose from a total of 130 exciting Stansted summer routes, including our Edinburgh and Glasgow services, which we are increasing from 3 to 4 times daily, in response to phenomenal demand from UK customers, visitors and business travellers.”
Back by demand, Check-in @ Stansted is set to return on Thursday 18th June 2015
In June 2014 we saw the launch of Check-in @ Stansted, a business, travel and tourist event brought to you by the Stansted Airport Chamber of Commerce and in collaboration The Sowerby Group Limited.
The event really took off in the first year, so much so that demand has resulted in the return for a second journey with sponsors such as Stansted Airport Limited (MAG), Uttlesford District Council, Herts and Essex Observer and the Diamond Hangar onboard.
This event is truly unique in terms of its location and offering. 2015’s event will take place amongst executive jets within the Hangar at the Diamond Hangar, London Stansted. The Diamond Hangar is home to some of the most prestigious executive aircrafts and is opening its doors for the first time for all to see.
The exhibition offers businesses the chance to promote their brands, recruit potential staff, network with like-minded people, engage with the community, gain new business, find suitable office space (if you are looking to relocate), meet influential business people (other exhibitors and attendees) and much more.
Exhibitor and sponsor packages can be found online at www.check-in-stansted.com.
Karis Parker from the Corporate and Events team at Quendon Park Hall, part of The Tabor Group, was one of the first to sign up using the 10% discount deal. She said
“We attended the first and very big event held on 5 June 2014 at the Diamond Hangar, Stansted Airport. With an exhibitor list including Harrods Aviation, Fred Olsen Cruises, Weston Homes, LPL Construction, Hilton London Stansted, Toyota and Herts Regional College, we felt that we could not miss out the opportunity of taking an exhibition stand with these other high profile corporates.
The Tabor Group has been hosting tailor-made weddings for over 20 years but we are relatively new to hosting conferences and seminars. I felt that we needed to introduce our brand to the local market especially because we have two beautiful venues located in Essex.
Taking the stand at Check-In @ Stansted event last year was truly amazing for us. I felt it offered the exposure, which was needed; we made lots of new contacts and built up additional client base from those attending. This is why we have decided to take a stand at this year’s event on Thursday 18th June 2015".
2015 Diamond Sponsors:
Visit Essex invest in new tourism businesses
A specially designed training and coaching programme has been set up by Visit Essex, the county’s official tourism organisation, to boost new tourism businesses in Essex this year.
The programme, funded through Essex County Council’s economic growth fund, has just been launched and is open to Essex businesses, which have been operational for 18 months or less, or looking to start up within the next 12 months in the tourism, leisure or hospitality industry.
Free training courses will be held to cover topics such as customer service and marketing and offer business support; ensuring businesses not only survive, but succeed. They will also get the opportunity to meet other Essex start-ups at these courses and can benefit from free one to one business advice from tourism experts and will receive a free business toolkit as a legacy of the programme.
Visit Essex Chairman George Kieffer said: “These start-ups are vital to tourism development in Essex. Not only does it increase the tourism offer, therefore, giving a new reason for people to visit, but it also adds to the visitor experience and helps to improve the quality of the experience. The vast majority of tourism businesses are small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) and we want to give them as much support as we can.”
County Councillor Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth; Infrastructure; Waste and Recycling said: “Essex is a wonderful county to showcase and with over 55,000 people currently employed within tourism in Essex, it is important that we protect this vital industry. We want to see tourism thrive in 2015 and beyond and are working to protect, if not increase, the £2.9 billion that it brings in to the Essex economy.
As part of the project, tourism professionals and entrepreneurs will be talking to college and university students about the benefits of starting up a business in the tourism industry.