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Twelve take-off tips for Christmas - ho ho ho away you go

Stansted Airport is gearing up for a busy festive getaway with over 820,000 passengers forecast to travel through the terminal between 19 December 2014 to 02 January 2015.

Stansted passenger numbers take-off for winter

Stansted Airport experienced its busiest November in eight years as passenger numbers increased by 26% to 1.59 million, up by over 327,000 passengers compared to the same month last year.

Airport Education Centre prepares for take-off

Construction work has begun on a £500,000 airport themed education centre that is set to boost skills across science, technology, engineering and maths subjects (STEM).

Leon, the naturally healthy fast food option, opens at Stansted

Leon, the naturally healthy fast food option opened its 21st restaurant at Stansted Airport today offering passengers low calorie healthy options to either enjoy in the departure lounge or take away to have on-board and is the latest stepping stone on the £80million transformation taking place to improve services and facilities for passengers.

Airport fire-fighter nominated for BBC Look East Sports Award

A Stansted Airport fire-fighter who has devoted 30 years coaching karate in his spare time has been nominated for a BBC Look East Sports Personality award.

Andrew Turner, from Dunmow in Essex, is competing against other volunteers from across the region for the Unsung Sporting Hero Award for 2014. The honour is awarded to an individual who has carried out outstanding work in their local sporting communities.

M&S Simply Food opens new store at Stanted Airport

M&S Simply Food opened its first ever store at Stansted Airport today. Conveniently located near international arrivals the new store is the latest development in the £80million transformation of the terminal building and has opened as part of an agreement between Marks & Spencer and SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide.

Stansted passenger numbers grow at the fastest annual rate for nearly 10 years

The number of passengers using Stansted Airport each year is growing at the fastest rate since February 2005 as over 19.4 million passed through the terminal in the 12 months ending October 2014, an increase of 9.8% over the previous year.

Flybe announce first ever Stansted take-offs

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, will start operating routes from Stansted Airport next March with a three times a day year round service to the Isle of Man and double daily flights to Newcastle. Seasonal services to Newquay will also be launched in summer 2015.

London Stansted urges Network Rail to show more ambition to unlock growth at the airport

London Stansted is urging Network Rail to show more ambition and greater vision to deliver faster rail services to unlock the airport’s potential and improve services for commuters.

Clocks go back as new take-offs spring forward at Stansted

As the clocks went back and the winter timetables took off at Stansted, Ryanair launched its first ever links to Glasgow International, Edinburgh and Cologne at the weekend.

Stansted reports 66% reduction in carbon footprint in first year of MAG ownership

Reducing carbon footprint by 66%, diverting 93% of waste from landfill and trialling new technologies to improve aircraft performance on set departure routes are just a snapshot of the highlights in Stansted Airport’s corporate responsibility report published today, reflecting on performance during the first year of M.A.G ownership.

Stansted urges public to have their say on Airport’s future growth

Stansted Airport is reminding local residents, businesses and community groups they have just four more weeks to have their say on its Draft Sustainable Development Plan. 

Stansted flying high as September passenger numbers break records

Stansted Airport has seen its largest monthly increase in passenger numbers in over eight years* as it flew over 1.8 million passengers in September, an increase of 230,000 (+14%) compared to the corresponding month last year. 

Hundreds of jobs on offer as airport employers line up at Stansted fair

Aspiring airport workers will have a unique opportunity to meet with potential employers from across Stansted at the latest airport jobs fair.

Airport team flying east to tempt cargo airlines

Stansted Airport’s ambition to secure more scheduled freighter services is top of the agenda as its cargo development team heads to South Korea this week to hold top level talks with potential new airlines.

Multi million pound contracts up for grabs at airport business event

A super-sleek VIP aircraft hangar at Stansted Airport has been transformed into a city style trading hall today as hundreds of businesses bid for contracts worth millions of pounds.

Phase one of multi million pound departure lounge officially opened at Stansted

Phase one of Stansted Airport’s brand new international departure lounge was officially opened today by M.A.G Chief Executive Charlie Cornish and Stansted Airport’s Managing Director Andrew Harrison at a special event to mark the launch of the World Duty Free Group’s new flagship store and entrance into the multi-million pound development.

Airport staff help students gain career skills

Stansted Airport was awash with sharp suited youngsters today (Sept 26) as dozens of Year 11 students took part in a mock interview day at the airport.

British Retailer Next - set for Stansted take-off

British retailer Next is set to open its largest tax-free store at Stansted Airport next month having secured a prime position in the £80million transformation of the airports International Departure Lounge.

Cyprus Airways return to Stansted marked with water arch salute

Stansted Airport marked the return of Cyprus Airways scheduled flight services to and from Larnaca with a water arch salute by the Airport Fire Service when the airline touched down at Stansted yesterday (14 September 2014).

Stansted Airport traffic results for August 2014

Stansted is once again the fastest growing airport in London following a 7.2% increase in passenger numbers in the last 12 months – highlighting the important role that Stansted will play in meeting demand over the next 10-15 years.

Hamleys secure position in Stansted's £80m terminal re-development

Hamleys, the world famous toy store, is the latest global brand to secure a position in the exciting re-development of Stansted Airport’s international departure lounge.

London Stansted outlines the growth potential and benefits of existing runway

  • New routes and increased frequencies to drive growth and enable doubling of passenger numbers to 40-45 million per year on single runway
  • Growth achievable within agreed noise and air quality limits and existing boundary
  • Existing capacity has the potential to support an extra 10,000 on-site jobs and generate £4.6bn in additional economic benefit
  • Key enabler of growth in the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor and east London

Stansted traffic up by one million passengers over the last year

The peak summer season got off to a flying start at Stansted Airport as more than 1.9 million passengers travelled through the terminal in July 2014, up 12.2% on the same month last year and the busiest monthly total since August 2011.

Stansted Airport offers top tips on supply chain opportunities

Over 120 delegates, representing local and regional businesses gathered at Stansted Airport last week (July 29), to pick up some top tips about how to do business with companies at the airport.

Leading retail travel brands secured for phase one opening of brand new departure lounge

Stansted Airport can today unveil the line-up of leading retail travel brands that have secured their position in the first phase opening of the multi-million pound development to transform the international departure lounge.

Stansted Airport opens new training facility

M.A.G has underlined its commitment to the career development of its staff by unveiling a new £500,000 training facility at Stansted Airport.

Stansted Airport traffic results for June 2014

Stansted Airport welcomed nearly 200,000 more passengers in June 2014 compared to the same month last year as over 1.85 million passengers passed through the terminal, an increase of 11.7% over June 2013.

Terminal forecourt re opens for passenger drop off

- Express Set Down will move to the main forecourt from 03 July – directly outside terminal

- Improved signage on airport roads to promote free drop off and pick up (free for 1 hour)

New restaurants bars and cafes unveiled for £80million terminal transformation at Stansted

- Celebrity chef appearance – a world first for airport travel

- Healthy options for calorie counting fliers

- Stylish choices for passengers with more time

- Convenient ‘grab and go’ options offering quality and speed

- Wide range of options to suite all tastes and budgets

Top Community Award for MAG Director

M.A.G’s Commercial Director for Cargo, Graeme Ferguson, has been named 2014 Sieff Future Leader at the Business in the Community’s (BITC) Responsible Business Awards.

Stansted Airport traffic results for May 2014

Stansted Airport saw nearly 1.82 million passengers pass through the terminal in May 2014, up 7.6% on the same month last year.

Stansted Airport traffic results for April 2014

Stansted Airport has once again broken through the 18 million passengers a year mark following a 3.4% annual increase in passenger numbers in the12 months to April 2014.

Ryanair boss jets in to address Essex business leaders

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair CEO, has visited Essex for the first time to address business leaders about how Stansted Airport’s biggest carrier is driving forward customer service improvements in a bid to attract more business passengers.

Middle East Airline Joins Stansted’s Global Cargo Network

London Stansted welcomed the arrival of Qatar Airways Cargo today (May 2), marking the launch of the airport’s first scheduled cargo link to the Middle East and the carrier’s first scheduled freighter service into the UK.

Thomas Cook Airlines Announce Direct Long Haul Flights From Stansted

Thomas Cook Airlines @FlyTC_  has today announced that, for Summer 2015, it will operate flights from London Stansted to Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas, becoming the only airline to offer a long haul programme from the airport.

Airport Passengers To Benefit From New Greater Anglia Franchise

London Stansted has welcomed the news that Abellio Greater Anglia has won a new Government franchise to provide more services between the airport and Cambridge.

Stansted Airport Traffic Results For March 2014

Stansted Airport saw over 1.34 million passengers pass through the terminal in March 2014, down 0.3% over the corresponding month last year. The slight drop in the monthly numbers was due to the later Easter holidays this year – passenger numbers for the first 24 days of March 2014 year were up 5.75% on last year.

Fundraising Drive Raises Thousands For Charity Partner

Stansted Airport staff have helped raise £14,426 for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance after a year-long fundraising drive. The charity was the focus of the airport’s fundraising efforts after being chosen as its charity partner for the 2013/14 financial year.

Business and leisure connections expand at Stansted with 9 new routes launched this week

Stansted’s extensive route network now serves over 160 direct scheduled flight connections to Europe, thanks to the launch of the first 9 new routes this week, firmly positioning it as ‘London’s Airport for Europe’.

Scottish Favourites Lorraine & Dennis Launch New Flybe Service at Stansted

The new Flybe service from Stansted to Dundee got off to a flying start on Sunday, March 30, with the help of two well-known Scottish exports.

Stansted Airport job fair attracts hundreds

Hundreds of jobseekers attended a free job fair at Stansted on Thursday (March 27) to see the array of employment and careers opportunities on offer at the airport.

Stansted scoops best airport award for the fourth year running

London Stansted Airport is flying high after being crowned the world’s best airport for low-cost airlines for the fourth year in a row at the World Airport Awards.

Stansted can play critical role in meeting London’s connectivity needs

Stansted is uniquely placed to meet London’s growing aviation needs over the next 15 years, Stansted Airport’s Managing Director said today.

Regulator removes Stansted‘s cargo price controls

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced today (March 24) its decision to remove price cap controls for air cargo services at Stansted Airport from April 1, 2014.

Stansted Airport traffic results for February 2014

Stansted Airport saw nearly 1.18 million passengers pass through the terminal in February 2014, up 6.9% over the corresponding month last year.

Ryanair Launches 2014 Winter Schedule

Ryanair has today released its London Stansted 2014 winter schedule announcing 8 new routes and increased flights on 36 other routes which will deliver growth at Stansted.

Airport Initiative To Boost Business And Community Links

Stansted Airport is embracing the opportunity to become a more sustainable business by launching a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that aims to further strengthen business and community relationships.

Aviation Minister Officially Opens Phase One Of Terminal Transformation Project

  • New security area is twice the size with 20% more lanes;
  • 5,500 passengers per hour capacity through new high-tech zone;
  • Phase one of £80million terminal transformation to improve the passenger experience;
  • Next phase underway to create new centre piece departure lounge.

Stansted Airport Welcomes Qatar Airways To Global Cargo Network

Qatar Airways will become the latest major airline to join Stansted Airport’s global cargo network when it begins a new service from Doha in May 2014.

Stansted Airport Marks A Successful First Year Under New Ownership

Manchester Airports Group (M.A.G) is today celebrating the first anniversary of its £1.5bn acquisition of Stansted Airport, which has opened up an exciting new chapter in the airport’s history.

Stansted welcomes MP on fact-finding visit

Transport Select Committee member, Jim Fitzpatrick MP, visited Stansted Airport this week (February 19, 2014) on a fact-finding trip as part of his Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship - the charity that works to promote mutual understanding between Parliament and business.

Praise for Stansted in Westminster debate

Stansted plays a vital role in maintaining international connectivity and is now fulfilling its potential under the ownership of M.A.G said the Aviation Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, at the House of Commons yesterday (February 12, 2014).

Stansted Traffic Results For January 2014

Stansted Airport saw over 1.15 million passengers pass through the terminal in January 2014 – an increase of 7.2% over the same month last year.

Stansted is London's number one airport for Europe as 'Fly Stansted' campaign takes off

Stansted has today launched its ‘Fly Stansted’ campaign to highlight that it is the European airport for London with over 150 direct scheduled connections available on its route network, more than any other airport in the UK.

Exciting Tastes On The Menu At Stansted

  • TRG opens modern concessions Cafe Balzar and Joes Coffee House
  • Part of the £80 million redevelopment to transform Stansted's iconic terminal

Record Breaking Business Deals Won At Stansted 'Meet the Buyers'

Record breaking business deals totalling £323,000 were generated by firms in the first six weeks following last year’s lucrative London Stansted ‘Meet the Buyers’ event – a huge 50% increase on the 2012 event.

National Recycling Stars award Gold to Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport has been awarded the top ‘Gold’ accreditation by National Recycling Stars, one of the UK’s leading waste industry accreditation schemes.

Stansted Traffic Results For December 2013

  • Busiest December since 2009 as nearly 1.32 million passengers pass through London Stansted
  • Monthly passenger numbers up 7.7% compared to same month last year
  • The first full year of growth since 2007 with annual passenger total up 2.2% to over 17.84 million

MAG responds to CAA economic regulation announcement

The CAA has today announced its decision to remove Stansted Airport from economic regulation from April 2014 onwards.  Following a two-year review, the CAA has concluded that Stansted does not have substantial market power and the airport should be free to compete with other airports without the need for price regulation.