Stansted Airport Guide

Welcome to the Stansted Airport Guide – the definitive resource to help you find everything you need when travelling to, from and around Stansted Airport.

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Airport code: STN
Airport postcode: CM24 1RW
+44 (0)844 335 1803
56 km from London

Our independent Stansted Airport Guide provides a handy reference for those travelling to, from or through London Stansted Airport.

London’s third busiest airport, Stansted has a wide range of facilities including those for business, children and disabled travellers. Public transportation to and from the airport is reliable and frequent with a choice of trains, coaches, taxis and car hire.

Stansted Airport has one terminal and 2016 has already seen the annual passenger numbers increase to 23.9 million.

Those wishing to drive to the airport will find it easily accessible and well sign posted from the access roads. The airport offers a range of valet, short and long stay parking.

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    Stansted Airport is close to new annual passenger record

    Stansted Airport has just hit a 24 million annual passenger total for only the second time in history as it pushes closer towards a new record. Nearly 2.2m passengers passed through the airport facilities last month which went down as the second busiest September on record and a 6.9% increase compared to the same month last year. This took the total since September 2015 to September 2016 to 24.009m. Furthermore this was a 8.4% increase on the year before and was also just 6,000 passengers short from the all time highest record from October 2007.

    Last month, 88.5% of all available seats were filled, a record high for the month of September at Stansted. Another increasing factor was cargo volumes which saw more than 21,000 tonnes of goods travelling through the airport in September, bringing the annual total to more than 250,000 tonnes, a 6.5% increase over the previous year.

    Stansted Airport Chief Executive Andrew Cowan said: “Stansted Airport has enjoyed a period of rapid and sustained growth in passenger numbers under the ownership of MAG and through long-term deals with key carriers such as Ryanair.

    “This month saw us pass yet another significant milestone as we broke through the 24m passengers a year total for only the second time in the airport’s history.
    “September was once again a strong month of passenger growth, despite the end of the traditional school holiday getaway, with volumes up nearly seven per cent over the same month last year. This helped push the annual total tantalisingly close to Stansted’s all-time passenger high, a record I’m sure we will pass during this month.”

    He added: “In addition to passenger growth, the airport’s substantial cargo operation continues to report increasing volumes with the annual figure for goods and products passing through Stansted now topping 250,000 tonnes for the first time since 2005.”

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    Stansted Airport's Birthday bash raises £1500 for two local charities.

    A ball that was held back in April to celebrate Stansted Airport’s 25th year since it opened has managed to raise a staggering £1500 for two amazing causes.

    The charities are; Essex Air Ambulance, who rely solely on the generosity of donations from the general public, and the Firefighters charity, which is the UK’s leading provider of services that aim to help retired firemen and firewomen. These two causes were chosen from a long list of charities and came out the most popular, as voted for by the committee members.

    The guests invited to the event included over 300 past and present employees, some of which even travelled from as far as New Zealand! It looks as if it was worth the trip as an incredible £750 was given to each charity on Thursday as a result of a raffle held at the ball.

    A social group named ‘Airport Buddies’, which was set up by former employee, Cate Scott, was the event organiser. The ball received sponsorship from the owner of Stansted Airport, Manchester Airport Group - who also owns East Midlands Airport and Manchester Airport - and the airport trade union Unite.

    It sounds like a fantastic evening and we wish Stansted Airport a very Happy Birthday! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more information on the fourth busiest airport in the UK - @StanstedTweets.

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    Stansted's busiest March on Record!

    Good news seems to be continuing at Stansted Airport as it has been reported that last month was the busiest March on record with over 1.89m passengers venturing through the terminal, while the overall annual travellers has also risen to 23m for the first time since July 2008. The peak in March also helped contribute to its busiest ever winter season with over 8.66m passengers walking through the airport’s doors over the 5 month period finishing in March 2016. This beat the previous season high set in winter 2006/07.

    It’s great to see that the records have not stopped breaking at Stansted Airport. The monthly total of passengers was 13.2% on the March in 2015 with an average load factor of 85.9% on all flights. This was also a new record for any March in the Stansted Airport History.

    Cargo volumes handled during this time have also been on the up, since they increased to almost 14% with over 22,000 tonnes of goods passed through the specialist cargo facilities. The achievement is amplified by the fact that the annual total increased by nearly 5% to over 243,000 tonnes in the last 12 months.

    Andrew Cowan, Stansted's new Chief Executive Officer who took charge from Andrew Harrison earlier this month, said: "Stansted's passenger traffic continues to grow at a rapid pace as we experienced our busiest ever March and served the highest number of passengers during a winter flying season in the airport's history.

    "This is further proof that thousands more people each and every month are choosing Stansted when deciding which airport to fly from thanks to the value and choice provided by our extensive and growing route network and the on-going investment programme to improve passengers services and facilities."

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    Are you a First Time Flyer?

    If you are yet to travel through an airport, or a little rusty on the whole process, we have the perfect guide for you.

    We've collaborated with our friends at Airport Parking Shop to bring you a definitive guide to surviving the trek through the airport!

    Our favourite tip would be to head to the gate as it is opened. You may be a little early, but better to be early than be the person running through the airport, desperate to get to the gate before it closes!

    Read more great tips on the Tips for First Time Flyers blog post!

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    The Wetherspoon pub replaced by The Windmill at Stansted Airport

    Stansted Airport has a lot to offer in preparation for the busy summer ahead; pub operator JD Wetherspoon opened their £2.7m bar in the revamped terminal in March, and a lot more is coming up.

    The Windmill is located airside, after security, just 50 metres from the location of the old pub by the same name, which has been operating at the airport since 2003. The newly launched Windmill is twice as big as the old site, and offers 7 thousand square feet of space on two floors, ground floor and mezzanine.

    The new pub is the pub operator’s biggest airport outlet and currently the only pub at Stansted.

    Opening hours: from the first flight until the last.

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