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14 November, 2018 - 19:36 By Tony Quested

5,000 extra jobs as Stansted earns right to expand to 43m passengers a year

Businesses in the Cambridge technology cluster and wider East of England along with staff and trade union Unite are tonight hailing approval for Stansted Airport to grow within its boundaries by an additional eight million passengers a year.

Stansted says the expansion will create 5,000 new jobs as the Essex UK hub grows from 35 million to 43 million passengers a year, underpinned by month on month passenger increases over the last two years and a huge commitment to fresh investment on infrastructure. 

The green light from Uttlesford District Council followed an overwhelming outpouring of support for the growth blueprint from business giants such as AstraZeneca. Airport owner MAG reiterated its intention to bring on board new direct long haul routes to China, India and the US now the council has approved the growth roadmap.

Stansted CEO, Ken O’Toole, said: “We are delighted that Uttlesford District Council has approved our planning application to enable the airport to grow over the next decade. 

“Today’s decision offers London Stansted and its airline partners the long-term clarity we need to make further investment decisions at the airport but also, importantly, provides the local community with the assurance that our future growth will be delivered in a measured and sustainable way.

“From the outset our local community has been a vital partner in this planning process and it was their feedback which led us to put forward a proposal which did not seek an increase in the number of flights and committed to deliver the growth within a smaller noise footprint than our existing permissions require.

“The decision is great news for the airport, our staff and the growth ambitions of the region, London and the wider UK and will improve passenger choice and convenience and boost international long-haul routes to fast-growing markets like China, India and the US.

“The combination of the strong economic health of our catchment, our available runway capacity, the £600 million investment we are making in our facilities and the continuing desire of local residents to travel by air by London Stansted, will collectively ensure that the airport has a bright future.

“I’d like to thank the hundreds of local residents, businesses, staff and on-site partners who have passionately backed our plans and I look forward to working with them all as we move into the next phase of our future.“

London Stansted is a sponsor of the Business Weekly Awards and we are collaborating on projects designed to take Cambridge and East of England businesses into new global export markets on the back of the airport’s bold expansion plans.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Stansted CEO, Ken O’Toole

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