London Stansted Airport responds to Government runway announcement

Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016

Stansted Airport“Today’s announcement highlights the important role that aviation plays in connecting Britain to the world.

 

”Airports such as London Stansted are critical in supporting economic growth and increasing the UK’s global competitiveness and we have been clear that making the most of existing capacity at Stansted over the next 10-15 years is our priority and a vital precursor to the building of new capacity in the south-east.

 

“With the decision on Heathrow now made, Government must commit to developing a new aviation policy and we urge them to work closely with us to make the most of the opportunities that already exist at Stansted by investing in the rail access to the airport.

 

“In addition, by relaxing current planning constraints, Stansted will be able to serve up to an extra 20 million passengers from its single runway, almost twice as many as it does today.

 

“Making use of Stansted’s spare capacity will benefit not only the dynamic and fast growing east of England region we serve but also the UK as a whole and has the potential to generate an extra 10,000 on-site jobs and £4.6 billion in additional economic activity.

 

“Competition between London’s airports over the last few years has shown just how much consumers stand to benefit from a market-driven approach.

 

“We must learn the lessons from the Airports Commission process and develop a new aviation policy that will provide a clear framework for airports to compete with each other on a level playing field and meet future passenger demand in the most sustainable, economic and efficient way possible.”

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