London Stansted has announced the next phase of its airport transformation - an £8 million upgrade of its Satellite One departure gate area.
Unveiling details at ‘Future Travel Experience’ industry conference in central London, 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, while offering airlines a more tailored and differentiated airport product.
Part of a wider £260 million 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.
Design 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.
Harrison 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 £80 million 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.