Stansted Gains Government Backing to Double Capacity.
BAA plc, the UK-based airport company, announced that the Government today moved to eliminate the last obstacle to doubling the capacity of Stansted Airport, when the Transport Minister recommended to Parliament a major increase in passenger movements for the airport.
Glenda Jackson MP, Minister for Transport in London, announced that the Government was recommending increasing the permitted level of passenger air transport movements (PATMs) to 185,000 annually. This will replace the current limit of 120,000 PATMs and represents an increase from 8 million passengers a year to around 15 million.
The recommendation follows extensive public consultation by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR).
Sir John Egan, BAA's chief executive confirmed that:
"It is part of our strategy to spread the growing demand for air travel more equally across the three South East airports - Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted. BAA invests over (pound)1 million per day in this country's airport infrastructure and plans to invest (pound)200 million to extend the current Stansted terminal to meet demand."
London Stansted grew 35.4% in the last financial year and BAA plans to start building early next year, creating 1,000 or so jobs every year as the airport grows. The extension will double the size of the current terminal, in keeping with the original Sir Norman Foster design.
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- A PATM is the take-off or landing of a commercial passenger
aircraft and London Stansted is the only UK airport to have such a
limit set for it by Parliament.
- The limit was originally put in place to ensure the airport did
not grow beyond about 8 million passengers a year to give the
local planning authorities time to make provision for the airport
at about 15 million passengers per annum, which has been
- Detailed planning consent to develop London Stansted's terminal to
handle a capacity of about 15 million passengers a year has
already been granted by Uttlesford District Council.