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Departing from the Airport

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Departing from the Airport

It is imperative you leave plenty of time to check-in at Stansted Airport.

Check in times can usually be found on your ticket or itinerary or by checking airline departure times through our live flight information showing latest departures in real time. You can also contact the airline directly regarding departure details, although as a general guide:

Long-haul flights: Check in three hours prior to scheduled departure.

European scheduled flights: Check in two hours before scheduled departure.

UK and Ireland flights: Check in two hours prior to scheduled departure.

All charter flights: Check in three hours before departure.

Checking In

Online check-in

More and more airlines now allow you to check in online anywhere with an active internet connection.

Please check with your airline to see if this service is available for your journey, as not all passengers and routes are eligible. Some carriers restrict the service to those travelling without hold baggage.

Please remember to print your boarding card prior to arriving at the airport as some airlines will make a charge for the issue of a boarding card at the airport.

You should also pay attention to the times given for dropping bags, collecting boarding cards and arriving at the gate.

After check-in

Once you've checked in and dropped off any baggage you'll need to pass through security control to reach the departure lounge. To avoid any delay to your journey, you are recommended to do this as early as possible.

Find out more about security control


Keep an eye on the flight information screens in the departure lounge which show flight numbers, destinations, boarding times and gate numbers. Boarding usually begins about 45 minutes before departure, and you should allow a minimum of 12 minutes to get from the departures lounge to your gate.


View the latest security procedures at the airport for what can and cannot be taken through security.