Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise agreement to bring Hampton by Hilton to the UK’s fourth largest airport. The agreement has been signed with strategic developers Urban&Civic, who secured planning permission to build a new £45 million 357-bed hotel next to the terminal of London Stansted Airport.
Stansted Airport has topped 22 million passengers a year for the first time in over six years - and just eight months since passing the 20 million a year milestone - as the total number of passengers passing through the terminal increased by 15.8 per cent in the last 12 months. The number of passengers using Stansted during September increased by nine per cent over the same month last year as the airport served over two million passengers for the fifth consecutive month, the first time this has been achieved since 2008.
London Stansted enjoyed its busiest July in seven years, as the launch of Thomas Cook’s trio of new long-haul flights and the summer getaway helped contribute to over two million passengers passing through the airport. In total, 2.19 million passengers travelled through in July 2015, up 12.5 per cent on the same month last year and an increase of more than 240,000 passengers. It was the busiest July since 2008.
Stansted Airport saw more than two million passengers pass through the terminal in June 2015, up 11 per cent the same month last year and an increase of more than 200,000 passengers. It was the airport’s busiest June since 2008. The total number of passengers flying from Stansted in the year rose to 21.5 million, an increase of 16.5 per cent over the previous 12 months, the highest annual rate of growth of any major UK airport.
Stansted Airport welcomed nearly one million more passengers in the first three months of 2015 over the same period last year as annual passenger numbers at the UK’s fastest growing airport increased by 16.3 per cent. The airport served over 20.9 million passengers in the 12 months ending March 2015. During March, the airport saw over 1.67 million passengers pass through the terminal, up 24 per cent on the same month last year and the tenth consecutive month of double digit growth at Stansted.
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.
Stansted Airport welcomed over two million more passengers in 2014 than in the previous 12 months, with 19.98 million passengers passing through making it the UK’s fastest growing airport. The 12 per cent annual increase ensured it was the busiest year for Stansted since 2008.
Phase one of Stansted Airport’s brand new international departure lounge was officially opened earlier by MAG chief executive Charlie Cornish and Stansted Airport’s managing director Andrew Harrison. The £80 million terminal transformation project taking place at Stansted to significantly improve the services and facilities available for passengers marked its first major milestone earlier this year with the full opening of a new security search area, providing additional lanes and dedicated channels for fast track, families and passengers needing assistance.
Stansted Airport has marked the return of Cyprus Airways-operated scheduled flights to and from Larnaca with a water arch salute by the Airport Fire Service. Flights will operate seven days a week with a range of fare options from “economy saver” to “business freedom” to suit all passengers and budgets, whether taking a short trip or checking bags in for a longer getaway.
All flights are being diverted from Stansted Airport after an earlier incident saw landing equipment at the location damaged. Air accident investigators are at the scene investigating an “incident” earlier in which part of the instrument landing system was damaged by an inbound flight.
Ryanair and Manchester Airport Group have announced they have concluded a ten year growth agreement at London Stansted Airport. The parties hope the deal will see Ryanair grow its traffic at Stansted by over 50 per cent, from 13.2 million passengers in 2012 to over 20 million passengers per annum in return for a package of lower costs and more efficient facilities at Stansted.
Baggage scanning staff at London Stansted Airport have called off a strike planned for the Bank Holiday weekend. Officials at the GMB union, which represents the striking workers, announced the decision earlier following talks with airport managers.