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A Primer About Stansted Airport

by on Dec.08, 2012, under Travel

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Following Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester, Stansted is the next busiest airport in Britain. As with all airports, Stansted’s operations began with the opening of its first terminal building in 1969. The current one, however, did not start operating until 1988. When this terminal building was finally ready in 1991, Stansted Airport became the world’s most modern airport complex.

Stansted is home to Ryan Air, a leading UK budget carrier which goes to 106 destinations in Europe and elsewhere. According to statistics released in the year 2011, Stansted airport was ranked as the fourth busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airport. This particular airport is owned by BAA, the British Airports Authority. The authority also manages and owns five other major UK airports.

Basically, Stansted Airport has one major passenger terminal with three different passenger satellites used mainly by departing travelers. The airport provides quality services to its clients and users. They range from airport parking facilities to smoking areas and meeting rooms. Other services and facilities available at Stansted airport include rest and relaxation facilities, shops, meeting rooms, worship centers and many others.

Most of the destinations out of Stansted are served by two of the UK’s most well known low cost airlines, Ryanair and Easyjet. Stansted won the Skytrax award for world’s best low cost airport for low cost airlines in both 2011 and 2012. Other airlines serving the airport include Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson Airways.

The parking facilities provided are fully automated and secure. Passengers can book and pay for their parking spaces online through the Stansted airport online website. The airport provides trolleys that are used to ferry passenger baggage from their cars or taxis to the terminal. Trolleys can be collected at a small charge of about 1 pound which is refunded to passengers upon return of the trolley.

It is still the third busiest airport in London, but as they say, if you need the job done, give it to a busy person. The multi-faceted airport has figured in many films, including The Dark Knight Rises. Although Black Swan was not filmed at Stansted Airport, some passengers in the passenger lounge can’t help but associate the airport’s swanlike structure to a ballerina in motion. Efficient yet graceful, the airport beats with the frenetic pace of modern travel, seeming to challenge a sleepy passenger to a sprightly pas de deux.

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