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Pro-airport Group Comes To Stansted

14 Aug 2009

The pro-airport campaigners Friends of Doncaster Sheffield Airport have visited Stansted on a fact-finding trip to see how the UK's third-busiest airport operates and interacts with the local community, and to learn of its plans for the future.

The group enjoyed a tour of the airfield, terminal and fire station and finished up with a question-and-answer session with Graeme Wade, Head of Airport Communications, in which they shared information on working with the local communities on issues such as aircraft noise.

"We were very happy to play host to the group and give them an insight into how Stansted operates day-to-day, and our interaction with the community. They were interested to learn how cash generated by noise-and-track infringements benefits local good causes in the community around Stansted," said Graeme.

The Yorkshire airport – also known as Robin Hood Airport – opened in 2005 after a long history as an RAF base. Friends of Doncaster Sheffield Airport (FODSA) grew out of FLY (Finningley locals say YES), which campaigned long and hard to secure its future as a civil airport.

Chairman Andrew Bosmans said: "FODSA is a group of like-minded people who agreed that it was in the best interests of South Yorkshire and the surrounding districts for the old Finningley RAF base to be turned into an international airport. The group gave support to the planning application, actively collecting many thousands of letters of support for the development and giving evidence at the public inquiry.

"We were very grateful to the staff at Stansted for taking the time to meet with us, giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the airport and explaining their plans for growth in the years ahead.

"Many ideas were forthcoming and both sides agreed the day was useful and constructive time well invested. As Chair, I am already planning further discussions with the team at Stansted and also the possibility of a future visit to us, to see just how well we do it!"

He added: "Working alongside my colleagues I have campaigned tirelessly for the future prosperity of the airport and it has been my pleasure to give something back to the aviation sector, and specifically Stansted, to assist them in their future expansion – long may the relationship continue."

London Stansted Airport Escape Lounge