Airport News

Stansted Airport issues tips on check-ins

Tue, 22 Feb, 2011

London's Stansted Airport has issued a range of tips to help passengers facilitate their travel plans.

In the build-up to the half term break, when the hub expects around 200,000 holidaymakers to pass through its gates, advice has been offered on speeding up the process of checking in and increasing the efficiency of security checks.

As part of its Check Pack & Go tips, Stansted Airport urged passengers to ensure they are aware of the weight and size limits for both checked-in luggage and bags carried by hand.

Similarly, it recommended saving time by checking in over the internet, where possible.

The facility went on to warn travellers that hand luggage liquids must be packed in a clear, resealable bag.

Stansted Airport also advised passengers to ensure they turn up at least two hours before their flight is due to depart.

The facility recently announced that new flights to Turkey would be launched from its runways, courtesy of AnadoluJet.

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Stansted Airport announces hydrogen fuel trial

Fri, 07 Jan, 2011

A "pioneering" trial into the use of environmentally-friendly fuel technology is scheduled to be unveiled this spring at London's Stansted Airport.

The scheme will launch as part of ITM Power's nationwide initiative, named the Hydrogen On Site Trials programme (HOST), which will see the facility take on two specially modified vehicles to test the new system.

Stansted Airport will be the first UK facility to trial the technology and the scheme is set to begin on March 7th 2011.

Dr Andy Jefferson, head of health, safety and environment at the hub, highlighted the importance of sustainability to the industry, stating it is a "critical" issue, which is taken "extremely seriously".

"We're delighted to be working with ITM Power and launch their ground-breaking Hydrogen On Site Trial project at the airport," he said.

Last year, Stansted Airport had its environmental efforts recognised after it received the Carbon Trust Standard for reducing its carbon emissions.

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Stansted Airport announces new routes

Tue, 04 Jan, 2011

London's Stansted Airport has announced the launch of a number of new routes and flights.

Cambridge First reports that low-cost carrier bmibaby is set to commence flights from the facility to George Best Belfast City Airport as of March 28th 2011 - making it the only airline to operate the route.

Similarly, Albanian-based company Belle Air has recently begun two flights a week from Stansted Airport to the country.

Managing director of bmibaby Julian Carr expressed his excitement at the launch of the company's first low-cost routes from Stansted Airport.

"This route will be ideal for both business and leisure customers wishing to travel to Belfast at very low fares," he said.

Mr Carr's comments were echoed by Nick Barton, managing director at Stansted Airport, who predicted that the new flights will be "extremely popular with travellers".

Last month, the facility announced the appointment of Mr Barton, who had previously occupied the position on an interim basis following six years employment at the facility.

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Stansted Airport donates money to Air Ambulance Trust

Tue, 14 Dec, 2010

London's Stansted Airport has donated money to the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust.

Bosses at the facility have once again opted not to send corporate Christmas cards and instead use the money to help a local charity.

Staff at Stansted Airport were consulted and the air ambulance charity, which provides free live-saving services for those in Essex and its surrounding areas, was chosen.

Herts coordinator for the organisation Nikki Caborn expressed her delight at the selection.

"It really was such a nice surprise to receive £1,350," she said. "We would like to thank all Stansted Airport staff for their continued support."

Similar comments were issued by Marcella M'Rabety, who claimed that the charity was a much better use for the funds than Christmas cards.

Established in 1997, the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance service flies specialist doctors and emergency medical equipment to the scene of an incident and quickly ferries casualties to medical facilities.

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Stansted Airport releases free iPhone app

Mon, 06 Dec, 2010

London's Stansted Airport has revealed a new free application for iPhone, which can provide passengers with a range of information and services.

Among its many functions, the app allows travellers to pre-book their car parking in advance and provides a range of downloadable vouchers for shops in the facility.

Similarly, a wide variety of travel advice and information will be displayed by the app, including live updates on flight departure and arrivals and a rail journey planner.

Development manager for the app Steve Mills claimed the software is among the most "feature rich" offerings on the market.

"It conveniently brings together live flight updates, lots of useful information about the terminal and a reliable guide to the range of options for getting to and from the airport," he said.

Earlier in the year, Belfast City Airport unveiled a similar iPhone application, which seeks to make the travel experience easier on holidaymakers.

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Stansted Airport receives prestigious environmental award

Wed, 13 Oct, 2010

London's Stansted Airport has received a prestigious award in recognition of its environmental work.

The airport was granted the renowned Carbon Trust Standard after it reduced carbon emissions produced by its vehicles and buildings by almost two per cent from January 2007 until December 2009.

As part of the work, Stansted Airport introduced a range of changes to the way it operates including the installation of biomass technology, trialling single engine taxiing and installing low-energy lighting on its airfield.

Head of health, safety and environment at the airport Dr Andy Jefferson expressed his pride at the award and reiterated the airport's commitment to achieving further carbon reductions.

"We've set a challenging target to reduce 2010 levels by five per cent," he said. "I'm delighted to report we're making fantastic progress and are well on track to achieve this goal."

Last month, Heathrow Airport was also awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after improving its carbon efficiency by almost 12 per cent.

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Stansted Airport gets set for winter

Wed, 08 Sep, 2010

Stansted Airport has announced a range of new services designed for travellers looking for a winter break.

Several of the airport's partners are due to introduce a variety of new ski links, destinations and flights to cater for winter travellers in the next few months.

Commercial and development director for Stansted Airport Nick Barton explained the airport's "delight" at its partners' latest schemes.

"Despite the difficult economic climate, it's encouraging to see our airline partners introducing new routes and extra flights, giving passengers even greater choice," he said.

According to statistics compiled by Stansted, the airport serves over 19 million passengers per year and is the UK's third busiest airport.

Ryanair are due to charter new flights to Plovdiv in November, giving travellers the chance to visit the popular Bansko ski region. Similarly, Air Berlin aims to increase its flights to Austrian ski destinations with a range of new services scheduled for a December launch.

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London Stansted Airport ownership appeal from BAA begins

Mon, 19 Oct, 2009

BAA is due to start its appeal against an order that it must sell off three of its seven UK airports, including London Stansted Airport.

It has been told it must sell London Stansted Airport, London Gatwick Airport and either Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport.

BAA will appeal against the decision that it must get rid of the airports at a Competition Appeal Tribunal, in a hearing that is expected to last for around three days.

It has already put London Gatwick Airport up for sale but has yet to finalise a deal to sell it.

The Competition Commission has ordered BAA to cut the number of airports it owns due to concerns about its market dominance.

Its order will be appealed against by the company on the grounds that the change in the economic climate has seen radical falls in passenger numbers and freight.

Last month, the company revealed it had suffered a 2.6 per cent drop in passengers compared to numbers in September 2008.

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Stansted Airport to benefit from Ryanair's ski equipment offer

Thu, 01 Oct, 2009

Stansted Airport is set to benefit from a special offer from Ryanair offering winter skiers the chance to bring their skis on-board for free.

The deal applies to flights booked before midnight on Thursday October 1st 2009.

Although flights from a total of seven UK bases, including Birmingham Airport and Manchester Airport, are included in the offer, seven of the 15 routes are based at Stansted Airport.

Destinations include Grenoble, Turin and Salzburg.

Skiing has not suffered as badly as other sectors in the travel industry and Betony Garner, a spokesperson for the Ski Club of Britain, praised the Ryanair offer.

"It's helpful for skiers who are trying to go skiing on a budget and it is a reaction to the fact that other airlines are charging for baggage," she said.

She added this season's most popular locations are likely to be in Italian resorts as they offer better value for money.

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Stansted Airport hosts green travel conference

Mon, 28 Sep, 2009

Stansted Airport has hosted a conference on how the aviation industry can become greener.

The Airport Operators Association regional conference saw MEPs, business organisations and aviation groups gather with representatives from airports in the east of England to discuss how the region's transport infrastructure is meeting the environmental challenges posed by 21st century travel.

Dr Andy Jefferson, Stansted Airport's head of environment, told the event that Stansted takes its environmental responsibilities seriously and had invested in a wood-chip biomass boiler last year.

"This has already helped us reduce our gas consumption at the airport by over 40 per cent," he said.

"This summer we also published our first Airport Carbon Footprint.”

He added that all areas of the airport's operation are being examined in an attempt to reduce the tonnage of carbon dioxide produced by Stansted.

Stansted Airport is the third busiest airport in the UK, serving over 20 million passengers each year.

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Ryanair customers suffer delays at Stansted Airport

Mon, 03 Aug, 2009

Air travellers who were booked onto Ryanair flights out of Stansted Airport on Saturday (July 1st) faced severe delays, according to reports.

Hundreds of passengers missed flights after a lack of staff mired the check in procedure for the budget airline.

Among the 700 people who faced long waits was BBC presenter David Dimbleby.

A airport spokesperson told the Irish Times: "Last weekend they had more than double the number of desks open. I have no idea why they chose to open 11 yesterday."

Ryanair apologised for the delay and blamed the delays on staff shortages at their ground handling associate company Swissport.

Both companies are now said to be working to resolve the problem.

Ryanair has been in business since 1985 and now operates more than 800 routes across Europe.

Stansted Airport the third biggest in the UK and offers flights to more than 160 destinations in 30 countries globally.

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'Tortoise smugglers' nabbed at Stansted

Mon, 20 Jul, 2009

Police at Stansted airport have arrested a man and a woman after finding seven tortoises in their luggage.

A 41-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman were arrested after police were given a tip-off that they were attempting to smuggle endangered species into the country.

Police allegedly found three tortoises in the pair's hand luggage and a further four wrapped in socks in their suitcase.

After a police raid, more illegal wildlife was discovered at the duo's home in London.

Essex Police Force's wildlife crime co-ordinator Andy Long said: "You can tell when an animal is unhappy just by looking at it and that one looked miserable.

"When tortoises are smuggled in this way they suffer quite a lot and it would not be unusual for them to deteriorate and die."

The animals are said to be worth between £50 and £100 on the black market and the couple are now being questioned by police.

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Stansted Airport welcomes 'Band of Brothers'

Wed, 15 Jul, 2009

Visitors to Stansted Airport will get a chance to see a commemorative plaque which celebrates the airport's role in World War II.

Four US war heroes, who were part of the famous 'Band of Brothers' – which was made famous by the Steven Spielberg TV series, were part of the opening of the display on Monday (July 13th).

Welcoming the US heroes to Stansted was its managing director Stewart Wingate, who said: "Stansted is very proud of its long and illustrious past, and the critical role the airfield played during World War II as a US Army Air Force base.

"It's a real honour for us to be joined by so many brave and distinguished service personnel, past and present, both from here in the UK and from the States."

The display, which stands in the check-in area of the main terminal building, features two bronze plaques which mark the military history of Stansted.

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Easyjet to fly more routes from UK airports

Thu, 02 Jul, 2009

Budget air travel operator easyJet has announced that it will fly eight new routes from airports in Britain.

The winter schedule for the airline is about to get busier when it adds new services to several popular winter sun spots.

For holidaymakers wanting to escape the doom and gloom of winter, new destinations covered by easyJet include a daily flight to Lyon from Edinburgh, and flights to Porto and Hamburg from Gatwick.

Fuerteventura will also see a new service from Liverpool and Paphos will be available from Luton.

Chief executive of the airline Andy Harrison said: "Times are tough for consumers so we are proud to offer great year-round holiday destinations for incredibly low prices," according to Travel Mole.

The bulk of the new flights will begin in early November.

Despite a difficult time for airlines last year, British Airways and easyJet have both announced new routes for their winter schedules.

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Stansted denies unfair trading

Fri, 19 Jun, 2009

Stansted Airport has refuted claims that it has engaged in unfair trading practices.

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) contacted the Office of Fair Trading, claiming that there have been complaints of overpriced bookings from the accommodation desk with airport hotels getting preferential treatment and one taxi firm enjoying an exclusive deal.

Nick Barton of Stansted Airport told the Braintree and Witham Times that the establishment works to benefit local businesses and accused SSE of trying to sabotage the airport and the livelihoods of staff.

"It's now very clear to us the real purpose of SSE is not to oppose expansion but to attack the very existence of Stansted," he said.

Carol Barbone of SSE said local businesses do not believe they are being treated fairly and said that some matters exist that need investigation.

Stansted Airport is currently consulting publicly on the issue of noise, questioning MPs and local authorities on the matter.

It may tell operators to take on quieter aircraft.

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Stansted Airport in noise consultation

Thu, 18 Jun, 2009

Stansted Airport is carrying out a consultation with local people regarding the issue of noise.

The questioning will go on until September and includes local authorities and MPs.

Stewart Wingate, managing director of the airport, said that the institution was "determined to take appropriate actions to reduce and mitigate against aircraft noise where we can".

The consultation is asking for opinions on how to develop a plan to reduce noise.

Stansted may tell operators that quieter aircraft is needed.

There are several options for airport parking at Stansted.

Short stay, long stay and mid stay facilities are available.

A courtesy coach is available to take travellers from the long stay car park to the terminal.

Passengers can also book their airport parking in advance using the internet.

In addition, there is a valet parking service available.

Users can drop off their cars and have it brought back to them once they return.

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Airports could close over strike action

Mon, 15 Jun, 2009

Air travel staff are threatening to strike in a dispute over pay.

BAA told unions that it did not have enough money to give pay rises, according to the Daily Mirror.

But after union heads agreed on a pay freeze for 4,000 workers, it was discovered that a £1.3 million dividend was issued to shareholders by BAA's owner, Spanish firm Ferrovial.

A source for Unite union told the paper that it was possible workers would strike, saying they were "disgusted".

BAA said that discussions were "private and ongoing", adding that there is a "sustained difficult period" for the aviation sector.

All seven BAA airports, including Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick and Edinburgh, could close if there is a strike.

Meanwhile, a Civil Aviation Authority report has found that airport punctuality has improved in the UK.

It said that 81 per cent of flights took off or landed on time from January to March.

During the same period in 2008, the figure was 70 per cent.

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Figures drop in May for BAA

Wed, 10 Jun, 2009

UK airport operator BAA has reported a fall in its traffic for last month.

The organisation, which is responsible for seven airports and is owned by Spanish firm Grupo Ferrovial, suffered a 7.3 per cent slide in passenger numbers in May.

Stansted experienced a drop of 18.5 per cent, with the decreases for Aberdeen and Glasgow being 14.1 per cent and 11.7 per cent respectively.

Gatwick had a 6.5 per cent decline and Heathrow's was 3.9 per cent.

But Edinburgh saw a rise of 1.4 per cent.

BAA said that demand is low but the trend had not seen a significant change since December.

Travellers can make bookings for airport parking online through the BAA website.

According to the organisation, this can be a cheaper option as well as making sure an airport parking bay is available.

BAA's prices are regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority and the Competition Commission.

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Thousands expected this Easter at Stansted Airport

Wed, 08 Apr, 2009

Thousands of passengers are expected to travel from Stansted Airport this Easter to one of the 35 destinations that services from this location offers.

Around a quarter of a million people are anticipated to pass through the facility's doors this coming weekend.

Despite the economic downturn, Brits are still keen to get away, explained commercial and development director at the airport Nick Barton.

Numerous travellers will be packing their bags to escape to such destinations as France, Spain, Croatia, Dubai and Malaysia, he continued to note.

Consumers want to "enjoy a cultural city break, take to the piste one last time or relax in the first rays of the summer sun," Mr Barton commented.

He concluded the airport is looking forward to welcoming passengers over the next few days, adding that would-be holidaymakers who have not yet decided where to go can find out flight information on the airport's website.

Anyone who wants to drive to Stansted Airport and use its car parking facilities while they are away on their jolly jaunt can find out how to get their by logging on to its site as well.

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Airport reforms 'would put emphasis on travellers'

Mon, 09 Mar, 2009

Consumers' interests would be a focus under new proposed changes to airports' regulation.

Proposals made by transport secretary Geoff Hoon include having the Civil Aviation Authority promote passengers' needs and requirements and for Passenger Focus also to work for the concerns of people who use air travel.

Mr Hoon also suggested that the largest airports should have to have licences for regulation purposes.

This would apply to the 13 airports that have more than five million passengers on an annual basis.

Noting that the CAA had said that its responsibilities were unclear, Mr Hoon stated: "Today I am removing that lack of clarity - the passenger must come first."

Meanwhile, Stansted Airport has revealed that it is working on a trial for an assisted border control system to make use of such technology as facial recognition and ePassports.

The six-month trial is being carried out in partnership with the United Kingdom Border Agency and BAA.

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BAA profits fall

Thu, 26 Feb, 2009

BAA is suffering from dropping profits as passenger numbers fall and fuel prices rise.

Stansted has seen a six per cent slump in profits, going from £476 million to £23 million.

Passenger numbers for BAA have fallen by 2.7 per cent.

Colin Matthews, chief executive, said that 2009 looks to be "challenging" and acknowledging that the economic climate is expected to affect passenger volume.

Combined, Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick experienced a fall of 2.6 per cent, or 3.4 million fewer passengers.

But for the former, the passenger numbers declines by a relatively low 1.4 per cent.

Airport company BAA is regulated by the Competition Commission and the Civil Aviation Authority for its prices.

Owned by Ferrovial, its airports are in London, Scotland and Southampton.

Its Scottish hubs are in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

It states on its website that it has "a clear accountability to both public duty as well as to our passengers".

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Stansted Airport celebrates environmental accreditation

Thu, 20 Nov, 2008

London Stansted Airport is celebrating the renewal of a prestigious environmental accreditation.

The hub saw its IS014001 certificate certified until October 2011 following an audit by ERM Certification and Verification Services, which checked a number of cases of its environmental practices.

This means that it is the biggest airport in the UK to hold the certificate, which it originally obtained in 2005.

Head of environment Andy Jefferson said the renewal happened because of increased efforts to improve London Stansted's green credentials.

"Our environmental management is critical to the sustainability of our business and is an issue we take extremely seriously," he commented.

London Stansted Airport is located about 30 miles north-east of London and is the UK's third busiest airport after Heathrow and Gatwick.

It saw some 24 million passengers in the 12 months to October 2007.

An extra runway and terminal, set to open in 2015, was recently approved for the hub by government officials.

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New flights for London Stansted Airport

Fri, 14 Nov, 2008

An airline has announced that it is to boost the services available at London Stansted Airport by offering new long haul flights.

Europe's fourth largest carrier Air Berlin has said it will add nine long haul connections from Dusseldorf via Stansted, including destinations in America and the Caribbean.

Air Berlin country manager for the UK & Ireland Titus Johnson said: "Air Berlin has a great reputation for providing full service at lower fares and we're excited to now be able to offer travellers from London, East England and beyond, even more choice to an exciting range of long haul destinations."

The new destinations include Cancun, Miami, Mombasa, Bangkok and Male.

Stansted Airport is located about 30 miles north-east of London and is the UK's third busiest airport after Heathrow and Gatwick.

It saw some 24 million passengers in the 12 months to October 2007.

A plan to extend the airport, which will see an extra runway and terminal open in 2015 was recently approved by government officials.

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London Stansted Airport given expansion go-ahead

Fri, 10 Oct, 2008

Plans to expand London Stansted Airport to incorporate 10 million more people every year have been approved by the government.

Stansted can now raise its maximum numbers of passengers to 35 million as well as up its number of flights from 241,000 to 264,000 every year.

Aviation minister Jim Fitzpatrick said that the south-east of England is in "urgent need" of greater airline capacity.

The government argued that the expansion - which would see an extra runway and terminal open in 2015 - is necessary to cope with a forecasted doubling of passengers through UK airports by 2030.

Today (October 10th) Unite, the UK's biggest trade union, welcomed the government's decision.

National officers Brian Boyd and Steve Turner said in a statement that improvements to transport are important to the economy and the thousands of jobs within the sector.

They added that workers would be given "confidence in the future of their industry".

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Road to Athens widens further

Mon, 06 Oct, 2008

Passengers travelling to Athens may find their journey easier to plan after the introduction of another flight to the Greek capital.

Aegean Airlines has announced that is to add a third daily flight from London Stansted Airport in a bid to enhance the connecting services on offer to Aegean's 15 onward destinations in Greece.

The new service will begin on December 15th this year, leaving London at 15:50 BST and reaching Athens at 21:35 local time.

London Stansted Airport is situated approximately 30 miles north-east of London.

The hub is home to over 40 airlines and is the third busiest airport in the UK, with some 23.5 million passengers using it each year.

It is also the third largest airport serving the London area after Heathrow and Gatwick.

In related news, it was reported this week that complaints about noise pollution from London Stansted Airport have fallen as the hub tries to improve its environmental credentials.

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Business as usual for Ryanair

Fri, 22 Aug, 2008

Low fares airline Ryanair will be operating flights from London Stansted Airport and London Gatwick Airport as normal following the cancellation of proposed strike action.

UK Trade Union leaders have called off their threatened strike action, scheduled for Monday August 25th and Friday August 29th, a move welcomed by Ryanair.

Ryanair had last week reassured its customers that their travel plans would be unaffected by the baggage handling and check in strikes thanks to web check-in and carry on luggage services.

"We were never going to allow our passengers to have their travel plans impacted by strikes. We confirm that all Ryanair services to and from [London Stansted Airport] and [London Gatwick Airport] will operate as normal next week," Stephen McNamara of Ryanair said.

BAA noted that Airfield Services however still intends to carry out industrial action on Monday August 25th at London Stansted Airport.

Airfield Services provide the airport with some of its baggage services and contingency plans put in place will reportedly keep disruption to a minimum.

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BAA chairman admits airports sell-off is likely

Mon, 18 Aug, 2008

Sir Nigel Rudd, the chairman of BAA, has said he expects the airport operator to be forced to sell one or more of its seven airports.

He told the BBC that the competition commission's forthcoming review into airport ownership is likely to recommend the sale of at least one airport in order to break BAA's monopoly.

BAA has already received expressions of interest for London Gatwick and Stansted but Sir Nigel stated that neither was up for sale at the moment.

A break-up of the company would not be a disaster, he said, but it would not serve the country's interest if there was increased competitive pressure between domestic airports.

"Heathrow does not compete with Gatwick and does not compete with Stansted or Luton or Manchester," he explained.

"It competes with Charles de Gaulle, Dubai now and [Amsterdam's] Schiphol, because these are big international hub airports."

BAA, which owns Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton and Aberdeen airports, was taken over by Spanish property group Ferrovial in 2006.

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Ryanair dismisses Stansted takeover rumours

Fri, 15 Aug, 2008

Ryanair has dismissed speculation that it is planning to buy London Stansted Airport.

Michael O'Leary, the chief executive of the carrier, said that rumours of a £2 billion bid for its biggest hub are not true.

At a news conference in Dublin, he stated: "We have no interest in acquiring airports, we will not be acquiring Stansted airport.

"But clearly we will be happy to work with anybody who buys it."

He clarified this by saying that Ryanair would advise the new owner how to build a second terminal for just £200 million and a runway for £150 million.

Ryanair once offered to build a second terminal at Stansted but was turned down by airport company BAA.

Over the past three months, Ryanair has carried more than 15 million passengers. In fact, the number of travellers flying with the budget carrier grew by 19 per cent in July when compared with the previous year.

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Oil prices cause easyJet to cut Stansted flights

Fri, 25 Jul, 2008

Budget airline easyJet is to slash flights in response to high oil prices, it has been reported.

The carrier is to cut more than one in ten of its flights from London Stansted Airport this winter, in an attempt to make its business more profitable.

In the last three months passenger numbers have grown 16 per cent but easyJet said fuel price rises had hit the firm for £185 million.

"In the current environment, flexibility is vital and easyJet continues to review its schedule and may make further adjustments," the company stated.

Last week, Ryanair announced the closure of seven European bases and a cut of 250 flights from London Stansted.

Like easyJet, it blamed oil prices but also high airport fees.

Previously, Ryanair had warned that if the price of oil topped $130 a barrel, the carrier would start to make a loss.

Oil prices recently peaked at $147 a barrel, but have now fallen to about $127.

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Pegasus unveils new Stansted to Cyprus flights

Fri, 18 Jul, 2008

Turkey's Pegasus Airlines has said it will increase the number of flights from London Stansted Airport to Istanbul and North Cyprus from September 1st.

Initially, Pegasus Airlines will add one additional flight to its current three-times-a-week schedule. And from October 2008 1st, a fifth-weekly flight will be introduced.

Pegasus Airlines says the new services will appeal to holidaymakers and business travellers who will benefit from connecting flights at its Istanbul hub.

Prices start from £40 one-way, including taxes and charges.

"By increasing the frequency on our London route, we will be able to offer our valued customers greater choice and flexibility than ever before," said airline chairman Ali Sabanci.

Pegasus Airlines is Turkey's largest private scheduled airline in the country, flying over 4.1 million passengers last year to 99 destinations in 17 countries.

Its fleet consists of 12 Boeing 737-800s, two Boeing 737-400s and three Boeing 737-500s.

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London flight punctuality 'a mixed picture'

Wed, 18 Jun, 2008

The punctuality of scheduled flights at London's airports appears to be getting worse in some areas and better in others, according to new figures from the Civil Aviation Authority.

Between January and March 2008, only 56 per cent of flights at London Heathrow Airport were on time, compared with 65 per cent in the same period of 2007.

At London City Airport, 58 per cent of flights were on time, down 12 percentage points.

In contrast, London Luton, London Gatwick and London Stansted improved their punctuality performance in the first three months of the year when compared with 2007.

At Luton, for example, on-time performance increased by five percentage points to 76 per cent.

The Civil Aviation Authority is a public corporation, established in 1972 as an independent specialist aviation regulator.

Last month, Giovanni Bisignani, the head of the International Air Transport Association, criticised the regulator for authorising an 86 per cent hike in charges that airlines will have to pay to use Heathrow.

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Ryanair announces Rimini route

Mon, 28 Apr, 2008

Budget airline Ryanair has announced plans to launch a new service from London Stansted Airport to Rimini this summer.

The flights to the Adriatic holiday resort will operate three times a week during June, July and August, with fares starting from £15 one way.

Rimini is one of the oldest cities in Italy and is packed with historic landmarks, including a Roman amphitheatre and the gothic Tempio Malatestiano. However, in recent years the area has become better known for its beaches and nightlife.

Ryanair also plans to operate a route between London Stansted Airport and the French town of Beziers during the summer months, with seats available from £26 one way.

Beziers is in the middle of the Languedoc region's winemaking industry and is also ideally located for holidaymakers who want to take in the sights of France's Mediterranean coastline.

Last week, FlyLAL announced plans to begin flying between London Stansted Airport and the Amber Coast resort of Palanga.

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Stansted to Palanga service announced

Thu, 24 Apr, 2008

FlyLAL has announced plans to open a route between London Stansted Airport and the Amber Coast resort of Palanga next month.

The Lithuanian national carrier's new service will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays from May 17th.

Indre Trakimaite of the Lithuanian National Tourist Office said the flights would give Britons the chance to discover a new holiday destination.

"Direct flights from London to Palanga offer a splendid opportunity to visit the beautiful Curonian Spit, the seaport of Klaipeda and the popular summer resort Palanga and its Amber Museum," claimed Ms Trakimaite.

FlyLAL has also confirmed that from May 16th it will operate four flights a week from London Stansted Airport to Vilnius. The route is in addition to the one it runs between London Gatwick Airport and the Lithuanian capital.

A number of other new services from Stansted are set to commence in May, including Eos flights to Dubai and Newark, New Jersey.

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Aegean confirms Stansted to Athens service

Wed, 02 Apr, 2008

Aegean Airlines has announced it is to launch a new route between London Stansted Airport and the Greek capital Athens next month.

The twice-a-day service will commence on May 15th, with fares available from £59 one way, inclusive of taxes.

Stavros Dalikas, commercial director of Aegean Airlines, predicted the new service would prove to be a hit with both economy and business class travellers.

"Greece has always been a very popular, year-round holiday destination for the British and there has been a steady increase in the business sector in recent years," said Mr Dalikas.

The airline has also announced details of a range of other new services from Athens for the summer 2008 season.

These include daily flights to the Greek islands of Limnos and Kefalonia, together with an extension of Aegean's presence in the Balkans with a daily service to the Albanian capital Tirana.

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New visitor centre at Stansted

Thu, 07 Feb, 2008

London Stansted Airport has been granted planning permission for a new visitors centre, BAA reports.

Uttlesford District Council has approved the bid for the centre which will hold up to 40 visitors, parking for up to 20 vehicles and a coach bay.

The lecture theatre and views across the airfield will act as an education resource for schools and other groups, BAA has claimed.

BAA's community manager Valda Edmunds said the news was "fantastic".

"What could be better to help to improve knowledge and understanding of Stansted Airport and aviation in general," she added.

This summer, Aegean airways is to begin flying from Athens to London Stansted Airport as part of its new flight schedule expansion.

From May 15th there will be a twice-daily service between the two destinations, using a brand new 195-seater Airbus 321.

The airline commented that London Stansted Airport was an easy choice of destination because it means that Aegean now covers six of the seven largest destinations abroad from Athens.

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'January great' for transatlantic shoppers

Mon, 24 Dec, 2007

Bargain hunters were today advised that January is a great time to head to the US for a shopping trip.

The lower cost of goods, particularly designer clothes, has long attracted Britons to cross the Atlantic in search of good deals.

However, fluctuations in the currency market have made the prospect of shopping in the US even more attractive in recent weeks and in November the pound climbed to a 26-year high against the dollar.

The pound has since slipped from $2.10 to $1.98, but a spokesman for London Stansted Airport insisted: "January is a great time to visit the US - especially if you're looking to pick up a bargain in the post-Christmas sales."

Passengers heading across the Atlantic can reach four major US cities - New York, Washington, Las Vegas and Los Angeles - direct from London Stansted Airport, via services operated by American Airlines, MaxJet and Eos.

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Stansted 'popular with transatlantic travellers'

Thu, 08 Nov, 2007

London Stansted Airport is becoming increasingly popular with transatlantic travellers, according to its owner.

MaxJet and Eos currently operate business class-only services from London Stansted Airport to New York JFK, while American Airlines recently started a daily service on the same route that also caters for holidaymakers.

American Airlines plan to increase their service to New York to two flights a day in April 2008 and MaxJet has already launched flights from London Stansted Airport to Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

A spokesman for BAA, owner and operator of London Stansted Airport, said that all three airlines have reported "significantly increased bookings" in recent times.

He added that the decision of American Airlines to increase the frequency of its flights to New York was a particularly significant development for London Stansted Airport.

"Business and leisure passengers will have direct access to the airline's expansive route network from their JFK hub, which connects directly to nearly 200 destinations across the Americas and Caribbean," the spokesman explained.

BAA is currently awaiting the outcome of a public inquiry into its expansion plans for London Stansted Airport, which, if approved, would see passenger numbers increase to 35 million a year.

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Stansted to Munich service launched

Mon, 05 Nov, 2007

Air Berlin today launched a new direct service between London Stansted Airport and the Bavarian city of Munich.

It will operate twice a day from Monday to Friday, with one flight on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are available from £24 one way including taxes.

Nick Barton, business development and planning director at London Stansted Airport, is confident the new route will prove to be a hit with leisure travellers.

He added that it could also become popular with business fliers, as Munich is "regarded as the economic centre of southern Germany and home to the European and German headquarters of many worldwide companies, including Microsoft, BMW and Siemens".

Earlier this year Air Berlin shared the Best Short Haul Business Airline honour with British Airways at the Business Travel Awards.

Judges praised its commitment to offering a business service for low-cost prices and the way it had developed its UK network.

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Increased flights to US

Wed, 10 Oct, 2007

Flights to America from London are to be increased with immediate effect due to customer demand, it has been announced.

From October 20th, passengers flying from London Gatwick will be able to choose from an increased array of flights to JFK airport offered by operator MAXjet. This will be increased over the following months to a ten times weekly service.

New flights to Los Angeles and Las Vegas will also be introduced within coming months as part of the overhaul.

Bill Stockbridge, the airline's chief executive, said that the decision to increase the number of flights was due to customer demand.

"MAXjet customers have made it clear to us that they need more frequent service between London Stansted and Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York," he commented.

He added that providing customers with the routes they demand is the key to the airline's success.

It was recently announced that the Manchester to Stansted service will see an increased number of flights when Eastern Airways takes over from current operator Air Berlin.

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