Stansted seeks to increase capacity without moving in the diggers
BAA Stansted is seeking to maximise the use of its existing runway so the airport can handle 35 million passengers a year instead of the current limit of 25 million.BAA Stansted is seeking to maximise the use of its existing runway so the airport can handle 35 million passengers a year instead of the current limit of 25 million. There are already 22 million passengers using the Essex hub each year.
Airport bosses have been swift to point out that its planning application does not seek permission for any additional physical developments or facilities that do not currently have approval.
It is entirely separate to Stansted’s work towards a second runway for which a planning application will be made later next year.
Stansted believes it can hit its 35 million passengers per annum (mppa)target by increasing air traffic movements.
It is currently operating within restrictions imposed in 2003, limiting the passenger ceiling to 25 mppa and air transport movements (ATMs) to 241,000 per year.
Stansted is now the UK’s third busiest airport serving over 22 mppa. It is expected that 25 million will be reached in 2008.
The Generation 1 application focuses purely on lifting the condition limits and seeks permission to increase the number of ATMs to 264,000 per year. If granted, the effect of the proposed development would enable Stansted to
grow to serve about 35 mppa – forecast to be reached in 2014.
The application is accompanied by an environmental statement and a health impact assessment and sustainability appraisal are also being prepared.
Nick Barton, Stansted’s business development & planning director, said: “This application is the culmination of two years of extensive and wide-ranging studies and consultation on our proposals.
“We announced in April 2004 our intention to make full use of our existing single runway to keep pace with demand for increased business and leisure travel and to support the growing economies of the East of England and London.