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Your Complete Guide to Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport is one of the five major international airports, which serve the city of London, in the United Kingdom. Out of all the airports in the UK, London Stansted is the third largest, and serves over eighteen million passengers per annum. The airport’s location is approximately 48 km northeast of Central London, at Stansted Mountfitchet, and in the local government district of Uttlesford, Essex. The official airport code allocated is STN, and its ICAO code is listed as EGSS. The airport was recently chosen as the ‘world’s best low-cost airport’ in the 2011 World Airports Awards, held in Copenhagen, and is also known as the fastest growing airport in Europe. It is the main hub for low-cost airline carriers such as Ryanair and Easyjet, and has a large terminal, which is well equipped with all the facilities, required by arriving or departing passengers.

The airport can be easily reached by motorists, as it is conveniently located on the major M11 Motorway. There is also a 24-hour BP service station in the near vicinity of the airport. A large number of bus services are available to and from Stansted and the Stansted Express is an invaluable railway connection to the airport. Due to its strategic location, it will also be amongst the most important gateways for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

It is the main base for the most popular low-cost airline carriers in the world, which include Ryanair, Easyjet, Germanwings and Air Berlin. They have also recently introduced flights by AirAsia X, which has significantly increased the interest in new long-haul, low-cost flights and airline carriers. Although Stansted offers more scheduled destinations throughout Europe than any other airport in the world, the airport’s next focus will be primarily on developing long-haul connections. AirAsia X has successfully implemented a connection between Stansted  and Kuala Lumpur, and there are now facilities available that are able to handle new generation aircraft, such as the Airbus 380 and Boeing 747-8.

Airport passenger numbers peaked in the twelve months to October 2007, with 24 million passengers. This came about from the rise of traffic due to the phenomenon of low-cost air travel. Since 2007, the passenger numbers at have somewhat declined, leaving a total of 18.6 million recorded at the end of 2010. Ryanair serves the majority of destinations, which includes Alicante, Madrid, Gothenburg-City, Frankfurt-Hahn, Glasgow Prestwick, Palma de Mallorca, Rome-Ciampino and many others. Easyjet serves a number of destinations as well, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast-International and Munich. Other scheduled airline companies include Atlantic Airways, Bmibaby and Belle Air, while Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways offer charter flights. The busiest and most popular routes served from this airport are Dublin, with a huge 720,000 passengers per year, Malaga, Alicante and Rome-Ciampino, which all have passenger numbers just exceeding 350,000 per year.

As well as being a world-class airport for passenger traffic, Stansted is London’s second largest airport for cargo. Over 190,000 tones of cargo is transported each year, to more than 200 countries across the globe. Stansted alone accounts for approximately 13% of all UK airfreight. Cargo airlines in operation from the airport include FedEx Express, Jet2.com, Titan Airways, FedEx Feeder operated by Air Contractors, BAC Express Airlines, UPS Airlines, Royal Jordanian Airlines and British Airways World Cargo, operated by Global Supply Systems.

London Stansted consists of a modern terminal building, which has the capacity to handle up to 35 million passengers per year, due to the recent expansion of the airport infrastructure, which included fifty million pound international arrivals area. There is one main passenger terminal used for check-in procedures, arrivals and departures, and three satellite buildings located quite far from the main terminal, in which the gates are located. The terminal building features a ‘floating roof’, and is designed to allow for the unobstructed flow of passengers from the car parking area to the check-in hall and then on the departure gates. The satellite buildings are well connected to the main terminal. One of the satellites is linked by an air-bridge, while the Stansted Transit System reaches the other two. The system consists of a three kilometer, or two-mile dual concrete track, and can be used at no cost by passengers. ‘Airside’ passengers only use this system, as they only lead to the departure gates of the satellite terminals. Currently, a fourth satellite building is under construction, and will be connected to the main terminal by transit trains.

Another interesting aspect is that its air traffic control tower is amongst the tallest in Britain. It was built at such a height in order to enable air traffic control officials to clearly view satellite 3, which is main satellite building of the airport, handling almost half of Stansted aircraft movements. The air traffic control tower is located to the south of the main terminal building, and to the north east of the airfield, and can be seen from miles away. There is currently one runway at the airport, and future plans for the construction of a second runway, as well as a second main terminal building, but many delays have occurred, and it is unlikely that the construction will begin before 2020.

Facilities at London Stansted include The United Business Center, located a short distance from the terminal, VIP lounges in the satellite terminals, wireless internet access provided by Boingo Wireless, currency exchange services, a chapel and multi-faith prayer rooms, and over 60 shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. The terminal is fully accessible by disabled passengers, and offers numerous adjustments for hard of hearing and sight impaired individuals as well.


The GPS location is – 51.88333, 0.23333 which you can enter into your Smartphone/I phone to enable you to find your way to and from the airport.

Below is a sample of routes flight times and Airlines that fly.

Destination Weekly Flights Distance
Dublin (DUB) 45 470 Km (292 Miles)
Malaga (AGP) 34 1,732 Km (1,076 Miles)
Alicante (ALC) 32 1,514 Km (940 Miles)
Palma Mallorca (PMI) 29 1,385 Km (860 Miles)
Belfast City (BHD) 28 507 Km (315 Miles)
Glasgow (GLA) 28 538 Km (335 Miles)
Edinburgh (EDI) 27 509 Km (316 Miles)
Belfast Aldergrove (BFS) 26 508 Km (316 Miles)
Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) 25 313 Km (195 Miles)
Hanover (HAJ) 24 647 Km (402 Miles)

Ryanair, easyJet and Air Berlin are the three busiest Airlines that fly out of ; together they cover around 135 routes out of the total of 159. The busiest being Ryanair which covers a total of 875 flights a week form a total of 1474 Ryanair covers 59% of all outbound traffic movements. Ryanair offers flights from to the most popular destinations including Dublin, George Best Belfast City, Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Alicante El Altet and Son Sant Joan.

You can see below a selection of nonstop flights covered with approximate times

Airliner Destination Flight Time (Est)
Ryanair Dublin (DUB) 1 Hour 22 Minutes
Ryanair Belfast City (BHD) 1 Hour 25 Minutes
Ryanair Malaga (AGP) 2 Hours 51 Minutes
Ryanair Alicante (ALC) 2 Hours 35 Minutes
Ryanair Palma Mallorca (PMI) 2 Hours 26 Minutes

When arriving at Stansted you may wish to hire a car, most of the reputable companies are situates in the Arrivals hall or close by. Please bring your valid driving licence and credit card if your require a hire car. For your FREE London Stansted Car Hire quote please follow the link.