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The Great Summer Getaway Begins At Stansted As Thousands Take To The Skies

17 Jul 2009

Stansted Airport is gearing up for one of its busiest times of the year as schools across the region break up for the summer holidays and thousands of holidaymakers take to the skies.

With over 150 destinations on offer and nearly 300,000 passengers expected to use Stansted between Friday 17 July and Monday 20 July, the airport is again reminding passengers to familiarise themselves with the latest security and travel advice to ensure they have a trouble-free start to their holidays.

Spain, Turkey, Canary Islands and Morocco are among the top destinations this summer with travellers heading to Europe and North Africa, while AirAsia X will offer a wide range of destinations in South East Asia and Australia via its hub in Kuala Lumpur.

Neale Jouques, Stansted's Terminal General Manager, said: "The start of the summer season is always one of the busiest times of the year for Stansted, so following some straightforward but important travel tips will help our passengers get their holidays off to the best possible start.

"As well as allowing plenty of time for the journey to Stansted, passengers should arrive at least two hours before their flight is due to depart, even if they have checked-in online. We also advise passengers to keep hand luggage to a minimum and in line with their airline’s restrictions.

"Restrictions on carrying liquids and sharp items remain in place at all UK airports. This means that no sharp items, such as knives and scissors, are permitted in hand luggage, and passengers can carry only liquids through security that are in containers less than 100ml and presented in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag. And we strongly recommend all passengers go through security as soon as they have completed the checking-in of any hold luggage they are travelling with.

"We do find that many passengers are still unfamiliar with the increased security measures that have been in place since August 2006 but by following these simple steps, passengers will save time at the airport by avoiding unnecessary disruption to their journey.

"We're particularly pleased that over the past 12 months we've been able to deliver a consistently good security performance, with over 99% of our passengers queuing for less than 10 minutes to pass through the security checks.

"To maintain this excellent level of service we’ve taken on additional staff to help us deal with the increase demands we face during the busiest summer months and ensure our passengers holiday experience really does begin at the airport."

Full details of the security restrictions in place at Stansted Airport can be found at www.stanstedairport.com/security

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