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London Stansted granted permission to expand

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The airport will serve over 43 million passengers and create 5,000 new jobs

London’s third airport, Stansted, is about to boost its operation rapidly. From the current threshold of 35 million passengers a year, the airport will expand to 43 million while creating thousands of new job positions.

The airport’s application has now been approved by Uttlesford District Council and the expansion should take place over the next decade.

The expansion will extend Stansted's capacity to 43 million passengers and create 5,000 new jobs — pio3 / Shutterstock London Stansted granted permission to expandThe expansion is expected to bring more long-haul flights — pio3 / Shutterstock

Stansted will grow within the existing flight limits and with a smaller noise footprint than previous permissions required. The expansion will support international connectivity and bring more long-haul flights.

“We are delighted that Uttlesford District Council has today approved our planning application,”  said Stansted CEO Ken O’Toole.

This will boost our region’s economic growth and deliver 5,000 additional jobs at London Stansted Airport.”

The news arrives as the airport announces growth in business performance. More than 2.5 million passengers passed through Stansted in October, which is 8.8 per cent more than over the same period last year.

“The record growth we have once again seen in October, and during the five years of MAG’s ownership of London Stansted, is testament to our ambition and commitment to re-energising the airport and making it more attractive to airlines and passengers,” O’Toole said.

Stansted has been the fastest growing airport in the UK this year and this success highlights exactly why it’s important we plan and prepare now for more strong growth over the next decade.”

The airport has also announced investments worth $770 million (£600 million) to transform the airport’s facilities for passengers. Stansted has also pledged to secure more long-haul services to destinations across China, India and the USA.

Stansted recently teamed up with to bring virtual interlining to the airport.’s unique algorithms, which combine carriers that do not cooperate with each other, enable passengers from over 185 countries to access more than 2,500 flight combinations to and from Stansted.

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