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Stansted Airport sets vision for passenger growth

The Car Hire Stansted Airport team will be keeping an eye on any developments with regards to future expansion at the airport.

The vision of doubling passenger numbers at Stansted Airport has been set out after the plans for an island airport in the Thames Estuary ended. The belief is that by developing its current runway, it will generate billions of pounds for the regional economy.

Andrew Harrison, managing director of Stansted Airport, said “Stansted’s potential for sustainable growth will be of enormous value as the UK strives to develop its global connectivity to support increased trade and investment, and these issues will be central to the Airports Commission’s work as it develops its final recommendations to Government. We are now consulting so that we can take account of the views and ideas of those with an interest in how Stansted grows to make the best possible use of its existing capacity. This will help us in preparing the final version of our plan later this year and I would encourage as many people as possible to share their thoughts during this process.”

The airport, which unveiled its draft Sustainable Development Plan on Tuesday, aims to bring in new routes and increased frequencies to drive growth. The business, owned by Manchester Airport Group (MAG), currently handles around 18 million passengers every year, but it aims to double numbers to 40 million to 45 million per year on the single runway.

The airport will be holding a series of public exhibitions in local towns and villages during September and October. Those with an interest in the airport’s future are being encouraged to visit an exhibition to hear more about the plans and give their views. The public consultation on the draft plan runs until November 7. The public exhibition will be at the following locations: September 15, 3-8pm, The Swan, Thaxted; September 17, 3-8pm, Town Hall, Saffron Walden; September 23, 3-8pm; October 3, 3-8pm, Silver Jubilee Hall Takeley, and October 16, 4-8pm, Crafton Day Centre, Stansted Mountfitchet.