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Stansted Airport Response To SSE G1 High Court Challenge Decision

13 Mar 2009

Stansted Airport has today welcomed the unequivocal and resounding rejection of SSE’s High Court challenge against the Government’s decision to grant permission to increase passenger numbers on the existing single runway.

Expressing his satisfaction at the verdict of Sir Thayne Forbes, Stansted’s commercial and development director, Nick Barton, said:

“We are very pleased with today’s decision; it’s the right decision, and one we fully expected. The social and economic case for G1 remains strong, and our plans were endorsed by a full and independent public inquiry and a recommendation for approval by the Planning Inspector.

“As a result, this is a very good day for the millions of people who need and want to fly to visit their friends and family, go on well-earned holidays or travel on business.

“It’s also great news for the thousands of people who work at the airport, and the countless number of  businesses that depend on Stansted right across the region, especially given the current economic conditions we are all facing.

“The decision secures our future and ensures we can continue investing in the airport to deliver sustainable improvements in the passenger experience and airline operations through modern facilities and better service standards.

"We are, and always have been, well aware and sympathetic to the sincerely held concerns of local residents - our neighbours - and others, and we will continue to work hard to deliver the huge social and economic benefits the airport provides while managing its impacts in the most sustainable and responsible way possible."