Stansted International Airport
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Stansted Airport is located in the Uttlesford District
of the English county of Essex. It is about 30 miles north-east of London.
The airport is named after the adjacent small town, Stansted Mountfitchet.
The nearest larger town to the airport is Bishop's Stortford. This is where
all the off-airport facilities like markets, hotels and shopping malls are
Know your Airport - According to BAA the
operator of Stansted, it is the third busiest airport in the UK. Currently
the airport provides its services to 30 airlines and over 170 destinations.
The airport has one terminal. A plan has been set up to utilize its resources
and the construction of a second runway will be complete by 2012. Initially,
the airport was used by holiday charter operators wishing to escape the
higher costs associated with operating from Heathrow and Gatwick. Today,
the location and services provided at Stansted have contributed to its fair
reputation. This is a major reason why many leading low-cost scheduled airlines
have made Stansted their permanent base.
– Stansted International Airport has one terminal. There are
three boarding piers. One of them is connected to the main terminal
by a pedestrian bridge. The rest have people mover systems installed.
Transit systems – The people mover systems are fully
functional and bridges have been built to facilitate free movement
Inside the terminals – The check-in area is
situated on the ground floor of the terminal building. All flight
numbers and destinations are displayed on the monitors at the entrance
to the terminal. There are specific zones A, B, C etc. with bright
yellow cubes. For long-haul flights the check in three hours prior
to departure. For other European flights the check in is two hours
before departure. For local and flights to Ireland, the check in is
just an hour before departure. The airport terminal has check-in policies
to ensure that baggage handling and delivery is done properly. There
is a dedicated airport information desk located in the international
arrivals area. The information desk operates daily from 05:30 to 01:30
hours. There are many facilities for cash ordering, food and drinks,
internet access points, postal facilities and places for worship.
Safety - At Stansted airport, security arrangements
are fine tuned keeping in mind the likes & dislikes of the travelers.
Passengers are advised to be patient if they have to queue at the
check-in desks and security control. There is armed police present
during the security checks to ensure the safety of all passengers.
The airport staff is on alert for any unattended packages or bags.
Small items like jackets & coats, handbags, cameras, mobile phones,
computers, calculators, keys, coins, etc are required to be passed
through the x-ray machine. There are archway metal detectors and hand
search facilities at the airport for travelers who have problems with
either of the two. Items like scissors, razor blades, household cutlery,
tools, darts, and flammable matter etc. are a strict no. Instruments
containing mercury & magnets and radioactive materials are to
be strictly avoided during boarding. The size of Stansted airport
allows aircrafts to be isolated from the terminal. This is why the
operators of Stansted have purpose-built facilities for dealing with
hijacked planes. All these measures ensure that no matter what the
risks, safety comes first for the passengers of Stansted airport.
Business facilities – The business facilities available
at Stansted are top notch. Passengers wanting to avoid the rush can
pre-book the executive lounge. A peaceful environment is available
for work or relaxation with complimentary drinks and snacks. The lounges
are available to all passengers departing from Gates 1-19. There is
a collection of modern meeting rooms located close to the main terminal
building. The hiring policy depends on the duration of the stay. There
are many internet access points spread all over the terminal. One
can easily find them in the zones before security, check-in zones,
after security. Wireless internet access is also available. They have
been specially placed to enable passengers with laptops and hand-held
devices to communicate with clients and family. Cash dispensers are
available both before and after security zones. Free baggage trolleys
are also allowed for in significant areas around the terminal building.
Family interests – Most restaurants and bars provide
high chairs and children's menus. Boots supply baby essentials such
as nappies, formula milk and baby wipes. There are eat-outs which
bring a fun way to enjoy a treat to eat before one flies. There are
two baby change facilities before security at Stansted. One is in
international arrivals, and the other one is near UK and Ireland arrivals.
Play areas are also available in the Stansted airport. There is a
dedicated unsupervised soft play area located near toy store in the
departure lounge. The play areas in the airport are suitable for children
aged between two and six. There is an entertainment centre for grown
ups. It has a collection of video games and fruit machines meant for
adults. Next to the lounge there are free showers and toilets. And
of course there are plenty of places to shop whilst being at Stansted.
– Information and advice is available to help passengers with
special needs to plan their travel plans through Stansted Airport.
Services are also rendered for traveling overseas and shopping assistance.
A help point is situated adjacent to the blue/orange badge bays in
zone D of the short stay car park. Wheelchair push and assistance
is free up to check-in for passengers with special needs. There are
help phone booths located outside each of the revolving entry doors.
Parking options – For the benefit of travelers on a
business trip or a family holiday, there are a good number of car
parking options. The car parks are safe and offer world-class services.
Long-stay car parks offer the greatest range of facilities.
Extra information - The beginning up of the EU in May 2004
has given Stansted the surge in popularity, witnessed today. Additional
long-haul routes are expected to operate from Stansted. In November
2005, the newly-formed airline Maxjet started a low-cost business
route to New York’s JFK airport. BAA hopes to have a new runway
in operation by 2012. The layout of the airport has been designed
to provide clear flow for passengers at arrival, at car parks, in
the check-in halls and even at the departure gates all on the same
Leaving from Stansted airport – Stansted has
a railway station just below the terminal building. It operates services
to London, Cambridge and the Midlands. There is a Stansted Express
train which runs to and from Liverpool Street station. The journey
time is 45 minutes. There are scheduled express coach services that
run to and from various stations in London. The coach station is next
to the terminal building. Stansted is well connected to northeast
London and Cambridge by the M11 motorway. Very recently, new grade
junctions have been opened up in the M11. They have sped up the traffic
Essentials - Currency order services are readily
available at the airport. Over 50 currencies are available and no commission
is charged. There are post boxes in the Terminal Building near the check-in
zone E, departure lounge and international arrivals. Other essentials like
hotel booking and travel planning can be done online using many reliable
Airlines operating from Stansted Airport
Berlin, Air Malta, Carpatair, CSA Czech Airlines, Cyprus Airways,
Eastern Airways, EasyJet, Eos Airlines, Euromanx, Flyglobespan, Germanwings,
Iceland Express, Kibris Türk Hava Yollari, MALÉV Hungarian
Airlines, MAXjet Airways, Norwegian, Ryanair, Transavia, Turkish Airlines