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LocationStansted 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 situated.

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.  



Airport Structure

  Terminals – 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 of passengers.

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.


  Special services – 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 level.

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 movement.

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 service providers.

Airlines operating from Stansted Airport

  Air 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 etc.


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