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Stansted's On Top Of The World

16 Sep 2009

Major high Street brands, JD Wetherspoon and Pret a Manger are proving more successful at Stansted Airport than anywhere else, while Burger King’s new arrivals restaurant is its busiest airport outlet in the UK.

Pret a Manger, which opened at Stansted in 2003, regularly outsells all of its other stores, making it the number one Pret in Europe.

Passengers and meters-and-greeters home in on the popular brand which occupies a key location, landside in the terminal. Top seller is the tuna and cucumber baguette, with over 90,000 sold each year, along with 650,000 hot drinks.

J D Wetherspoon opened The Windmill pub, airside at Stansted in 2003 and constantly outperforms the company’s other 733 pubs across the UK. And it’s not just alcohol that boosts the record sales. Last month, Stansted food sales were the highest of any of its airport pubs. Now manager Michael Wilkins has his sights firmly set on the company’s coveted Manager of the Year title after achieving runner-up this year.

Since opening up in the new terminal arrivals area in November 2008, Burger King has rocketed into the company’s record books, serving 13,000 customers a week – more than any of its other airport outlets.

“Passengers recognise and trust these brands, so it’s no surprise that they flock to use them in the airport,” said John English, Stansted’s Head of Retail.

“We’re pleased that the companies are doing so well at Stansted and look forward to welcoming other internationally famous brands to the airport.”

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