Four new aircraft parking stands have become operational this week at London Stansted Airport marking completion of the first phase of airfield works in the aiport’s £600 million transformation programme.
The echo stand extension, spanning 40,000 square metres, is the size of four football pitches and boosts the airport’s ability to handle more aircraft during peak hours, making airfield operations more efficient.
Phase two of the project is already underway and includes new taxiways, additional aircraft holding areas and a further 20 new aircraft stands.
Stansted Transformation Project programme delivery director, Paul Willis said:“This is the first step in an extensive programme of works to our airfield at London Stansted, which includes new taxiways, additional aircraft holding areas as well as the new aircraft stands.
“It is always a challenge undertaking large scale construction programmes in a 24/7 live environment, however, our principal contractor Volker Fitzpatrick and our team here at Stansted have provided an excellent standard of build and project management.
“London Stansted is the only major airport in the South East that has potential to grow in line with the Government’s aviation strategy of optimising existing runway capacity. These new stands will provide extra capacity for aircraft to park, unlocking spare capacity and improving operations from the airport’s single runway.”