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The runway was built by USAAF.

D-Day, Bombers from Stansted led more than 600 aircraft over the beaches of France.

The newly created British Airports Authority took control.

The new terminal was extended to handle increasing numbers of passengers.

The Government White Paper 'Airport Policy' proposed major expansion of Stansted.

The British Airports Authority submitted planning application to Uttlesford District Council to develop Stansted Airport.

Following a public enquiry lasting 258 days, the Government gives permission for development to about 15 million passengers a year. An early motion by 75 MPs led to a compromise of phased development to eight and then 15 million passengers with a cap on the number of take-offs and landings by passenger aircraft.

Work starts on the new airport.

The Queen opened the £400 million new terminal, aprons and taxiways at Stansted, which increased the airport's capacity from two to eight million passengers a year.

Parliament raises the Passenger Air Transport Movement cap to 185,000 a year and permission was given for phase 2 of Stansted to go ahead.

Work on Phase 2 commences and public consultation begins on expansion to about 25 million passengers a year.

Planning permission granted by Uttlesford District council to expand to 25 million passengers a year. The Government's South East and East of England Regional Air Services study includes Stansted in the future of aviation in the south-east over the next 30 years.

We agree a £30 million package of community benefits and environmental safeguards.

Stansted launches its draft interim masterplan.

November: Planning permission turned down to expand Stansted airport operations on the existing single runway.

June: Ferrovial takes control of BAA and all our airports.

October: Public inquiry closes. A Government decision on plans to allow passenger numbers to grow on our existing runway is expected in 2008.

August: Stansted's busiest ever summer sees 2.5m passengers travel through the airport in August.

May: Public inquiry opens into Stansted's plans to raise the limit on its existing runway operation from 25m to 35m passengers a year.

May: Stansted launches a new interactive noise website, complete with plane tracking.

April: Construction work begins on £40 million project to extend our main terminal building.

February: We launch public consultation on road and rail strategy for a two-runway Stansted.

January: We announce Stewart Wingate as BAA Stansted's new Managing Director.

December: New £50m arrivals extension complete and fully open to passengers.

October: G1 permission granted allowing the airport to operate to 35 million passengers per year.

July: The second runway planning application is "called in" by the government to be heard by a public inquiry in 2009.

July: First phase of new £50m terminal extension opens to passengers.

June: Airport marks 25th anniversary of space shuttle landing.

March: Planning applications submitted for a two-runway, two-terminal Stansted - due to open in 2015.

February: A new Training and Skills Academy opens at the airport offering employment opportunities to thousands of people in the local region.

October: David Johnston joins as London Stansted's new Managing Director.

May: New £1m upgrade to the Airport Fire Station completed.

March: AirAsia X inaugral flight between London Stansted and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

July: London Stansted receives permission to handle Code F aircraft, including Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8.

May: G2 planning application withdrawn following the formation of a new Government and new aviation policy.

March: 20th anniversary of the terminal opening.

March: Manchester Airports Group become owners of Stansted Airport Ltd.

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