Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport

London Stansted is London's third-busiest airport, currently serving around 22 million passengers a year. The airport is ideally located in between the global tech and life science hubs of London and Cambridge.

Telephone: 0800 093 7851
Address: Enterprise House, Bassingbourn Road, Stansted
Postcode: CM24 1QW
Country: United Kingdom
Membership type:Founder Member

Since the acquisition of London Stansted MAG has invested in improving the Terminal building. This investment has included the introduction of premium products like: Meet and Greet Parking, Fast Track security and a new business lounge.

Stansted Facts And Figures

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: 22 million (July, 2015)
  • Third-busiest airport in London; fourth-busiest in the UK

Airlines and aircraft movements

  • Airlines: 12
  • Air Transport Movements: 131,365 a year (March 2013)
  • Destinations: over 170
  • Countries served: 30


  • Number of runways: 1
  • Runway length: 3048m long by 46m wide
  • Total retail space: 10,608 sqm
  • Check-in capacity: 125 check-in desks
  • Car parking spaces: 25,726
  • 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)


  • £80 million redevelopment of the Terminal building (completed Oct, 2015)
  • Economic contribution: £400 million a year
  • Employs: 10,200 (1,316 are Stansted Airport Ltd employees)
  • Cargo: Over 230,000 tonnes of air cargo (2014/15)


  • 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)

  • Dublin
  • Alicante (Spain)
  • Malaga (Spain)
  • Rome (Italy)

Top UK destinations (in order)

  • Edinburgh
  • Belfast
  • Glasgow

Most popular country

  • Spain


  • 1991 on site of former airport

Owned and operated by

  • Manchester Airports Group


Stansted Airport College

Pioneering Airport College celebrates official opening at Stansted

Stansted Airport College has been officially opened at a ceremony led by Robert Halfon MP, Chair of Education Select Committee and London Stansted CEO Ken O’Toole.

18 December 2018Read in full

Busy London Stansted  airport

Record breaking November at Stansted as airport prepares for busiest ever festive getaway

A record breaking 1.98 million passengers passed through London Stansted in November, up 8.7 per cent on 2017, ahead of what is expected to be the airport’s busiest ever festive season.

13 December 2018Read in full

London Stansted gets the go ahead to expand

London Stansted’s planning application to increase the number of passengers it is permitted to serve to 43 million a year has been approved by Uttlesford District Council.

19 November 2018Read in full

aerial photo of Stansted airport

‘We’re backing Stansted’ campaign flying high

Hundreds of local residents, businesses, staff and on-site partners speak out in support of the airport’s plans for responsible growth.

5 November 2018Read in full

London Stansted Airport - busy apron

London Stansted passenger numbers boosted by surge in demand for late summer sun

London Stansted welcomed a record number of passengers in September as the summer getaway showed no signs of letting up beyond the peak holiday season.

16 October 2018Read in full

Steve Griffiths

Steve Griffiths appointed as new Chief Operating Officer of London Stansted Airport

Steve Griffiths, most recently Chief Operating Officer for the London Underground at Transport for London and previously Chief Operating Officer for Virgin Atlantic Airways, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of London Stansted Airport.

24 September 2018Read in full

Stansted Airport College has opened its doors

Revolutionary Airport College at London Stansted opens its doors to first students

Stansted Airport College has opened its doors to almost 300 students who will study at the brand-new facility.

18 September 2018Read in full

 Emirates 777-300ER aircraft arriving at Stansted

London Stansted sets sights on long-haul growth

In the next five years London Stansted is aiming to secure direct services to at least 25 new long-haul destinations around the world, with a strong focus on the Far East, India, North America and the Middle East.

14 September 2018Read in full

Aviation Parliamentary Group visits London Stansted

Aviation Parliamentary Group visits London Stansted

London Stansted today welcomed Grant Shapps MP to view progress on the airport’s £600 million transformation programme and visit the brand-new Stansted Airport College which opened its doors to the first students this week.

6 September 2018Read in full

mock-up of new arrivals terminal at night

Stansted unveils striking new images of arrivals terminal

Striking new images of how London Stansted’s planned new Arrivals Terminal will look when it opens in 2020 have been unveiled.

29 August 2018Read in full

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