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6 November, 2018 - 11:34 By Kate Sweeney

AstraZeneca and other big businesses back Stansted growth blueprint

London Stansted’s plans to raise the number of passengers it is permitted to handle each year from 35 million to 43 million have received strong backing from hundreds of local residents, businesses, staff and on-site partners.

The airport has released a video showcasing why these supporters are ‘backing Stansted’. The ‘We’re Backing Stansted’ film includes comments from Stansted Airport College, AstraZeneca, Invest Essex, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, local businesses and airport staff.

With Uttlesford District Council’s Planning Committee due to decide on the application on November 14, many supporters of the ‘We’re Backing Stansted’ campaign have welcomed the airport’s growth strategy.

Besides the commitment to deliver the additional eight million passengers within existing limits on flight movements and noise impacts, the expansion template involves creating 5,000 new jobs, generating an additional £1 billion economic value add for the region, improving passenger choice and securing international long-haul routes to fast-growing markets like China, India and the US.

Uttlesford District Council has received hundreds of submissions of support for the plans from a huge range of supporters.

From the world of business, backers include brewer Adnams Southwold, AstraZeneca, Anchor, BNP Paribas Estate on behalf of Royal Mail, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, CBI East of England, Costa, Fatface, Hamleys, J.D. Wetherspoon, the Mayor of London, Monsoon/Accessorize, Pret A Manger, Ryanair, Unite the Union, the Universities of Cambridge and Essex and WH Smith.

Stansted CEO, Ken O’Toole, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support from such a wide spectrum of the local community for our plans to make best use of the spare capacity on our single runway.

“The huge volume of submissions that Uttlesford District Council has received for our application reaffirms our belief that the phased and managed development of the airport is the right approach to take, and gives the local community confidence that future growth can be delivered in a measured and sustainable way.

“London Stansted is not only the fastest growing airport in the UK, it’s also virtually unrecognisable from the one which MAG acquired in 2013. During this time, we have spent £150m on upgrading the terminal, added nearly 10 million passengers and 40 new routes and brought a whole new ambition to the airport.

“But this is only the beginning of what we can achieve. We are investing £600 million to transform the airport facilities for passengers and our airline partners and, following the successful arrival of world-leading airline Emirates this summer, our work to attract more long-haul routes to fast growing markets like China, India and the USA continues to gather pace.

“The airport has real momentum and a fantastic opportunity to play a vital role in providing greater connectivity to trade globally, create 5,000 new jobs, drive regional economic growth, attract overseas investment and encourage more tourists to our shores.

“We now need to make best use of Stansted’s available airport capacity through continued strong and sustainable growth and deliver the next phase of the airport’s evolution. 

“I would urge those who back their local airport and share our vision of the future to pledge their support and join the hundreds who have already made their views known.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Andy Williams, Vice President for Cambridge Strategy and Operations at AstraZeneca

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