Stansted unveils next phase of airport transformation


London Stansted has announced the next phase of its airport transformation - an £8million upgrade of its Satellite One departure gate area.

  • £8 million upgrade of satellite one departures area and space secured for long-haul carriers
  • Creating value for airlines and better facilities for passengers
  • Investment aimed at differentiating the airline offer
  • Stansted is ready to meet the needs of the ever changing airline industry

Unveiling details at ‘Future Travel Experience’ industry conference in central London, the Airport’s Managing Director, Andrew Harrison outlined MAG’s vision to transform the passenger experience at Stansted by upgrading and rejuvenating the areas most valued by passengers, whilst offering airlines a more tailored and differentiated airport product.

Part of a wider £260million investment programme, this development is being driven by the airport’s ambition to attract more passengers, airlines and long-haul services to Stansted.  The multi-million pound upgrade of Satellite One will not only make the area sleek, modern and contemporary in style but provide enhanced passenger facilities in the form of comfortable lifestyle seating, fully refurbished toilets as well as free charging points and improved wi-fi.  Space is also being secured for bespoke lounge facilities to be developed to differentiate the offer to airlines.  

Stansted escape conceptDesign plans for the airport’s new Escape Lounge were also unveiled; an exciting development which serves the needs of Stansted’s changing passenger profile and the first lounge in the main departures area in the airport’s 24 year history.

Speaking at the conference Andrew Harrison, Managing Director of Stansted Airport, said: “These are really exciting times and will be a significant turning point in the airport’s history.  Having successfully returned Stansted to growth, making it once again London’s fastest growing airport, we’re driving forward our ambition to attract a greater mix of airlines, including long-haul connections to serve our region and the London – Stansted – Cambridge economic growth corridor.

“The value of these investments isn’t just about how much is being spent, it’s the focus being placed on delivering designs and facilities that work for both our passengers and airline partners because the money we spend has to represent value for both.  I’m really excited and looking forward to this time next year when this phase of re-development will be completed and our passengers can fully experience how Stansted is changing because this is just the beginning.”  

Great progress has been made in the past year with the £80m transformation of the terminal building.  The new security area that has doubled in size opened last year together with phase one of the brand new departure lounge with its flagship entrance through the biggest walkthrough World Duty Free Store in the World Duty Free Group.

All new cafes, bars and restaurants will open by this Spring including many firsts not just for Stansted Airport but the travel industry too and the successful tenders for the remaining 18 retail outlets will be announced in the coming months.  

For further information on the changes taking place at Stansted visit

Images: Design concepts for the development of Satellite One departures (top) and new Escape Lounge supplied for publication.  These are indicative of the style of development taking place and may not accurately reflect the final plans at the time of construction.


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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.

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