The world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, touched down at Stansted Airport for the very first time earlier. The new British Airways superjumbo flew into the airport as part of the airline’s flight training programme before the aircraft enters long-haul service later this year.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin today joined MAG chairman, Mike Davies, and Stansted Airport managing director, Andrew Harrison, to launch the start of an £80 million project to transform the airport’s iconic terminal building and meet the demands of modern air travel.
London Stansted Airport is ready to present an important technologic development: new self-service “Smart Access” scanners are already starting to replace the manual boarding pass checks for all the passengers taking a plane at the airport.
Ryanair is planning to cut its London Stansted traffic by 9% over the coming year (from 12.5m to 11.4m) after what it describes as ‘a further unjustified increase of Stansted’s already high charges of 6% from April 2013’.
Manchester Airports Group has finalised the £1.5 billion takeover of Stansted Airport in the south-east of England from Heathrow Airport Holdings. The sees Australian investor Industry Funds Management take a 35.5 per cent stake in the enlarged group.
Heathrow Airport Holdings has agreed to sell Stansted Airport to Manchester Airports Group for £1.5 billion in cash, payable in full at closing. Heathrow Airport, which is presently the sole owner of Stansted, was forced to sell Stansted following a ruling by the UK Competition Commission.
Stansted Airport has reopened its single runway following a brief closure this morning due to snow. Luton Airport, also in the south-east of England, has also reopened its runway following a similar closure during the early hours.
London Stansted Airport has been forced to close its single runway due to heavy snow fall closed. Passengers using the Essex based airport are advised to check with airlines before departure.
Airports operator BAA has agreed to sell Stansted Airport, following a three year legal battle with the Competition Commission. The operator was ordered to sell the airport in 2009 because it had too much of a monopoly in London.
Members of the Unite trade union employed by Swissport at Stansted Airport have started the first of a series of strike actions over changes to scheduling and holiday allocation. The company’s decision to impose roster changes from four days on, two days off to five days on, two days off without agreement will see ramp staff work 14 extra days with no extra pay, argued Unite.
BAA has formally conceded defeat in its campaign for a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport by withdrawing its planning application. The airport operator has also ditched plans for a second runway at Stansted following the election of the new government.