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Facts and figures

Facts and figures about London Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport from the air

London Stansted Airport is London's third airport, serving over 24m passengers each year. It is the only major London airport with significant runway capacity and offers a European route network which is unrivalled in the UK, providing London with more visitors from Europe than any other airport.

Operating hours

24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Night quota restrictions apply during period 23:30 - 06:00

Passengers statistics

Passengers per year: 24 million (Sept 2016)
Third-busiest airport in London; fourth-busiest in the UK
50:50 ratio between UK and non-UK passengers

Airlines and aircraft movements

Airlines and tour operators: 15+
Air Transport Movements: 165,030 (Sept 2016)
Destinations: over 170+
Countries served: 35+
Most European destinations of any UK airport – 2nd most in Europe behind Munich


• Number of runways: 1
• Runway length: 3,048m long by 46m wide
• Total retail space: 10,608 sqm
• Check-in capacity: 89 check-in desks
• Car parking spaces: 30,000
• Number of aircraft parking stands: up to 110
• Rail link to central London: Stansted Express, 47 minutes to London.
• 50% of passengers use public transport to travel to and from the airport (CAA data)


• MAG has spent £150 million improving the terminal facilities since acquisition in 2013
• Economic contribution: £400 million a year
• Employs: 11,600 on-site employees across over 200 companies
• Cargo: Over 250,000 tonnes of air cargo (12 months to end September 2016)


• First UK airport to hold both ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 standards
• Awarded Carbon Trust Standard
• Biomass boiler installed as part of £50million terminal extension, making development carbon neutral
• 57.2% of total airport waste was re-cycled in 2011
• Targets: 0% waste direct to landfill and 60% recycled by 2015


Top international destinations (in order)


Top UK destinations (in order)


Most popular country



1991 on site of former airport – airfield built by USSAF during World War II. London Stansted became a commercial airport in 1966

Owned and operated by

Manchester Airports Group

Managing Director

Ken O'Toole


Click here to visit our section on getting to and from the airport.