Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson visits Stansted
23 March 2012
Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson and Cambridge MP, Dr Julian Huppert, visited Stansted today on a fact-finding trip to see how London’s third busiest airport operates and to learn of its plans for the future.
The trip around the region’s biggest employer included a behind the scenes guided tour of the terminal, a meeting with UK Border Force officials and an update about the airport’s successful environmental work.
But top of the agenda was a meeting with Managing Director, Nick Barton, to find out more about the airport’s plans to grow within its existing infrastructure and the vision to improve rail services on the West Anglia Mainline.
Nick Barton, Stansted Airport’s Managing Director, said:
"We were delighted to welcome Julian to Stansted and hope that he leaves us better informed about the airport and our plans for the future. Stansted is the fourth biggest airport in the UK and a major catalyst for regional growth and productivity. The airport employs over 10,000 people and is the biggest single site employer in East of England, contributing £400 million in wages and salaries alone.
"Our vision is to become Europe’s point-to-point airport of choice by growing Stansted on the existing single runway, and within the airport’s current boundary, to serve 35 million passengers a year."
Dr Julian Huppert MP said:
"This was an interesting visit and I was encouraged to see the efforts being made to address environmental matters.
"Clearly the airport is important to the local economy not only for all the jobs it provides but also for its international links which help to make the region an important business hub.
"I was encouraged to see how future development plans have been drawn up around the single runway lessening the impact for nearby residents and the environment and was also pleased to see a focus on improving fuel efficiency and reducing noise pollution, and I welcome moves to encourage more use of rail."