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Approval for Stansted growth plans raises hopes for 5,000 new jobs

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London Stansted’s planning application to raise the number of passengers it handles from 35 to 43 million annually has been approved by the airport’s local council, raising hopes of a boost to growth in the region and 5,000 new jobs. The approval for Stansted’s plans by Uttlesford District Council involves growth within existing flight limits and with a smaller noise footprint than previous permissions. It means Stansted will make the best-use of international connectivity, including more long-haul routes.

London Stansted CEO, Ken O’Toole, said: “Today’s decision offers London Stansted and its airline partners the long-term clarity we need to make further investment decisions at the airport but also importantly provides the local community with the assurance that our future growth will be delivered in a measured and sustainable way. The decision is great news for the airport, our staff and the growth ambitions of the region, London and the wider UK and will improve passenger choice and convenience and boost international long-haul routes to fast-growing markets like China, India and the US.”

Separately, passenger numbers at London Stansted increased by 8.8 per cent to 2.5 million last month, making it the busiest-ever October for the airport

Last Updated ( Friday, 16 November 2018 07:42 )