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.
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.
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.
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.