The popularity of the British capital London seems to not know any boundaries. Despite brexit, several of the city’s airports are planning to accommodate even more passengers in the years to come. Like Heathrow and London City, the city’s cheap airport now presents Stansted’s plans for a real upgrade, including a new terminal.
Stansted is the London’s third largest airport, just over 50 kilometers from central London and the main base of low cost airlines Ryanair and EasyJet. In 2017, the airport handled just over 26 million passengers. Although the plans to build a second runway were shelved in 2013, the airport expects to start construction early this spring at its new 39,000 square meter arrival terminal.
“The terminal is the most important part of the airport development plans and when it is finished, it will provide a first-class and technology-smart experience for our passengers,” said Ken O’Toole, airport manager in a press release .
Dedicated arrival terminal
The new terminal will be ready by the autumn of 2020. Then all arriving passengers will be routed through the arrival terminal, which will have larger areas to get through the immigration control, the luggage area and easier connections to other aircraft or to London. In the press release, the airport boasts that when the terminal is completed, the airport will be the UK’s only one with dedicated departure and arrival terminals.
Clean up the day’s terminal
The existing terminal will also undergo a major refurbishment, including 134 check-in desks, a new pier and a new larger lounge.
In addition, it is promised a whole new baggage and safety system under the terminal, which will get the luggage faster from check-in to the aircraft. Also, several taxiways at the airport will be remedied to get more traffic flow
From Norway, Ryanair flies to Stansted from Oslo Airport and Torp, as well as flying Widerøe from Kristiansand.