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Stansted Airport Parking

You can save a great deal on parking at Stansted Airport by pre-booking with Purple Parking. We can arrange off-airport parking at a reasonable and competitive price with our parking partners LetUsPark, Stansted Super Parking, Meteor, CSL Car Storage Park & Ride, CSL Car Storage Return Meet & Greet, CSL Car Storage Meet & Greet, CSL Premium Meet & Greet; Park And Refresh - Stansted; Aardvark Meet And Greet; I LOVE Meet And Greet and Stansted Off Site Parking

Let Us Park; Stansted Super Parking; Meteor; CSL Car Storage; Aardvark and I LOVE Meet & Greet provide Meet & Greet services which offer secure parking at car parks near to the airport but with the convenience of dropping your car off at the airport. CSL Car Storage also offer a Premium service with which you car will be stored in one of the on-airport secure car parks.

CSL Car Storage; Park And Refresh – Stansted and Stansted Off Site Parking provide Park & Ride services which offer secure parking and frequent courtesy transfers to and from the airport terminal. The car parks are located within 5 miles of the terminal and courtesy transfers to the terminal take between 3 to 10 minutes depending on which service you choose.

CSL Car Storage also offer a Return Meet & Greet service which is an economic combination of the Meet & Greet and Park and Ride services. On your arrival at CSL Car Storage you will be provided with a courtesy transfer to the airport. When you return you car is delivered to you at the airport, saving you time at the end of your journey.

Stansted Airport is situated 5 miles east of the centre of Bishop’s Stortford and 30 miles north east of Central London. It is easily accessible by car. The airport can be found on the A120 just off of JUNCTION 8 of the M11 MOTORWAY.

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Parking Services at Stansted Airport

At Stansted Airport, Purple Parking offers Meet & Greet services operated by:

With the Meet & Greet services, just drive yourself to Stansted Airport where you will be met by a chauffeur from your chosen service. The chauffeur will collect your vehicle and take it to a secure car park at the airport or located nearby, where it will stay for the duration of your trip. When you return, call the car park as soon as possible after landing and a chauffeur will be waiting to hand your vehicle back to you once you have cleared the airport terminal.

We also offer Park and Ride services operated by:

With Park & Ride, simply drive yourself to your chosen car park which will be located close to the airport. Once you have checked in, load your luggage on to the courtesy transfer bus, then sit back and relax whilst you are driven the short distance to the airport terminal. On your return, the courtesy bus will take you straight back to the car park and your car which will be ready for you to collect.

Purple Parking are also pleased to be able to offer customers a Park and Ride Premium service operated by:

The Return Meet & Greet service also known as Park & Ride Premium is an economic combination of the Meet & Greet and Park & Ride services. Simply drive yourself to CSL Car Storage’s secure car park which is located about 8 miles from the airport. Once you have checked in, load your luggage on to the courtesy transfer bus, then sit back and relax whilst you are driven the short distance to the airport terminal. When you return, call the car park as soon as possible after landing and a chauffeur will be waiting to hand your vehicle back to you at the airport, once you have cleared the airport terminal.

Facilities at Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport's main terminal offers all amenities including those for business travellers, children and the disabled. Stansted has several conference facilities which can be found in Enterprise house, next to the airport. The information desk is situated on the international arrivals concourse and is open from 05:30-01:30 daily. There is reliable and regular public transportation available to and from Heathrow Airport and these services include coaches, Heathrow express, taxis and car hire.


About Stansted Airport

With over 35 scheduled and charter airlines providing air travel to more than 160 destinations across 36 countries, London Stansted is the third busiest airport in the UK.

  • Stansted Airport is sited around 40 miles north-east of London in the Uttlesford District of Essex, close to Stevenage and Chelmsford and near to the M11.
  • With in excess of 22.5 million passengers passing through, Stansted Airport has become the base for many leading low-cost scheduled airlines.
  • Stansted Airport has one terminal with three boarding piers, one connected to the main terminal by a pedestrian bridge and the other two by a people mover system.

The History of Stansted Airport

Stansted was built by the United States Army in 1942 as a bomber base during the war and by 1944 over 600 aircraft were stationed there. The base played a large part in the Battle of Normandy but after the war, it was not needed and was therefore transferred to the Air Ministry in 1947. The US military came back in 1954 to extend the runway as there was a possibility that NATO would take over the base but this never came to fruition and as a result the airport came under BAA control in 1966.

For three decades from the 1960s onwards, the Fire Service Training School was based on the eastern side of the Airfield with the support of the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, and after that by the Civil Aviation Authority. The School provided training for all Aviation Fire Crews for UK Airfields and they also trained personnel for other countries. The School was subsequently transferred to Teeside where it still continues to train firemen.

Initially Stansted Airport was used by holiday charter operators who wanted to escape to the higher costs incurred when operating from Heathrow and Gatwick. Immediately however, BAA and the British government intended to develop Stansted into London's third airport, to relieve some of the burden on the other two as the demand for air travel grew. Stansted's first terminal building opened in 1969 and was developed the following year in order to cope with increased demand.

In 1984 the government approved a plan to develop both Stansted's airfield and terminal, which as a result would increase the airport's capacity to 15 million passengers per year. The new terminal building was designed by internationally acclaimed Sir Norman Foster and was completed in 1991, five years after work first commenced.

In the early 1990s American Airlines began operating a transatlantic service between Stansted and Chicago but it proved to be unprofitable and was subsequently withdrawn. Continental Airlines later operated a service between Stansted and Newark, New Jersey but this service as also withdrawn for commercial reasons after the devastation of the September 11th tragedy.

Today Stansted Airport is a large passenger airport with one runway and a hub for a number of major European low-cost airlines, including Ryanair and easyJet. In addition Volga-Dnepr often station a large Antonov An-124 freighter to the northwest of the runway to carry outsize cargoes and FedEx is a dominant operator of trans-Atlantic freighter services.

Despite strong opposition from the local campaign group Stop Stansted Expansion, the Government has given its backing for a massive development of air travel that will include the construction of a second runway at Stansted by 2012. This would allow Stansted to cope with more passengers than are handled by Heathrow at the moment.

Stansted boasts a railway station below the terminal building with frequent services into London and as well as services to Cambridge and the Midlands. In addition, the Stansted Express travels to and from Liverpool Street station every 15 minutes with a journey time of 45 minutes. There are also scheduled express bus or coach services running to and from several inner London locations and the bus/coach station is adjacent to the terminal building.

If travelling by car, access from the M11 motorway has recently been improved with a new grade-separated junction. There are a variety of parking options available at Stansted. Click here to book parking at Stansted via Purple Parking.