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Stansted Airport Draft Sustainable Development Plan 2014

"Making efficient use of Stansted Airport is vital for growth in our region and for UK plc."

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Next Steps & Events


The Draft Sustainable Development Plan (SDP) is an important document for our airport. It sets out how the airport will grow in a responsible and sustainable way to make more efficient use of its existing runway.

M.A.G’s vision is to grow Stansted to better serve the region, including attracting a wider range of airlines and new routes, particularly to the USA and Middle East – this is vital to sustain prosperity and create jobs and investment in our region. The plan will look at ways to make efficient use of our current single runway, develop and improve surface access links and strengthen our community engagement programme while at the same time being mindful of the environmental impacts, ensuring we strike the right balance between growth and sustainability.

The SDP will be split into five individual plans, as follows:




Stansted Airport is growing, the region is growing…

Stansted Airport sits at the heart of the London-Cambridge corridor, one of the most exciting economic regions in the world and home to a rapidly expanding cluster of businesses in digital and bio-medical science. These businesses generate over £160bn for the UK economy and with more knowledge-based industries moving in, the corridor is poised for significant growth and investment.

To support the international connectivity demands of these businesses, Stansted has ambitious plans under the new ownership of M.A.G. In just 18 months, the airport is half way through an £80m terminal transformation to improve the passenger experience, part of a £260m package over the next five years to make Stansted the best airport in London. Passenger numbers are on the rise too and new deals with our airlines will result in substantial growth over the next 10 years. We want to broaden Stansted’s route network, including targeting other destinations and long haul hubs.

Stansted has a bright future with strong growth prospects. As the only airport in the congested south east with room to grow, it has a key role to play now in meeting increasing demand for travel - but we need to remember that this capacity is not infinite. Stansted will be London’s fastest growing airport over the next decade; our airport will fill up quickly so there is a need to plan ahead to make efficient use of all of our assets.


Planning for the future

M.A.G must plan for the future, ensuring passengers and businesses have the transport infrastructure and connectivity to compete and grow – including making the most of the infrastructure we already have on site.

We believe growth to 40-45 million passengers on the single runway can be achieved within the current boundary, without major changes to our infrastructure and within existing environmental limits, supporting the UK’s growth ambitions in the most cost effective and sustainable way possible.


Our draft aims and targets

  1. Make the most effective use of our runway and infrastructure. This will help provide more choice and range of destinations and airlines we offer, including long-haul services;
  2. Maximise the use of our land providing a safe, efficient and commercial operation to allow our business and those of our tenants and partners to grow. This will include the creation of new passenger and airside facilities;
  3. Unlock economic growth and create more jobs in our region - making full and efficient use of the single runway has the potential to generate £4.6bn in GVA and create an extra 10,000 jobs on-site;
  4. Continue to support local business through our Meet the Buyers events. By 2017, we hope to generate over £2m worth of new contracts for local businesses;
  5. Maintain our number one position for public transport usage and champion initiatives to improve rail links to London and Cambridge, increase bus connectivity and encourage more of our staff to choose sustainable ways to get to work;
  6. Commitment to invest in energy efficient and low carbon technologies with the aim for airport operations to become carbon neutral;
  7. Seek to minimise the impact of all aspects of noise with a target to tighten our noise penalty limits;
  8. Reduce, reuse, recycle – target to recycle 70% of waste by 2020 with zero landfill waste;
  9. Establish a new on-site education centre providing a flexible and inspirational learning environment to inspire the workforce of tomorrow;
  10. Continue to improve the Stansted Airport Employment and Skills Academy, helping to provide training and jobs for local people with an aim to get 550 local people into work a year whilst increasing apprenticeship opportunities for young people. 


To find out more about our Next Steps click here.


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