Stansted has revised their expansion plans after consulting with the local residents of the area. Approximately 26 million passengers use the airport every year, this is up by nearly 10 million compared to five years ago. The growth of Stansted is currently limited due to planning restrictions which prevent the airport from having over 35 million passengers a year.
The airport will now try to raise the cap to 43 million passengers per year so they can meet forecast growth over the next decade. Before consultation with local residents Stansted wanted to increase passenger numbers to over 44.5 million annually. This target will aimed to be achieved without increasing the number of aircraft movements or the size of the airports approved noise footprint.
Ken O’Toole the chief executive at Stansted said, “The feedback we received from our neighbours during our extensive consultation was clear – that they support the ongoing growth and investment in the airport and welcome a further increase in destinations and choice.”
“Local residents also told us that they were concerned about the proposal to increase the number of flights that the airport is permitted to operate each year. We’ve listened to those concerns and decided to adapt our proposals so growth can be met within the current cap on the number of aircraft movements.”
Stansted airport said it has advised the Uttlesford District council about the change in proposals and will continue to conduct feedback into November, before submitting the final planning application at the start of 2018.