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Stansted Airport – A brief History

Stansted Airport , now the fourth largest UK airport and a home to 20 airlines, didn’t start is life quite like this. It was established in 1942 as USA Air Force bomber base during World War II, however by 1947 it was being used for storage and housing for German prisoners of war.

In 1957, the airbase was changed to a civil airport.  This turned out to be perfect timing for the boom in 1960’s package holidays resulting in Stansted growing to be London’s third major airport. It was ‘all change’ again after the oil crisis and other airport options where to expensive, therefore Stansted was given the go head to expand. In1966 it was taken over by BAA who developed the terminal.

In 1985 further expansion was approved to accommodate the growth in passenger numbers and in 1991 the new £400 million award-winning terminal was opened for business by HM the Queen. This new terminal houses fantastic shops, coffee houses, restaurants and bars that accommodate most peoples’ needs whilst on their travels.

Stansted is now the British home of budget airlines such as Easyjet, Ryanair, Flybe and Jet2. It is the fourth largest airport in the UK.  It serves more than 140 destinations in 34 countries and over 20 millions passengers going through its check-ins every year.

Stansted airport was acquired by Manchester Airports Group in Feb 2013 for £1.5 billion and in recent years has been granted approval to expand to accommodate an estimated 35 million passengers per year.

In October 2016 Stansted airport set its new annual passenger of 24.1 million, surpassing the previous record of October 2007. London Stansted now offers long haul flights to the Middle East including Dubai and Doha.

What will the future hold for London Stansted…….The sky is the limit!!

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