BAA Opens Stansted Extension

The first phase of a £50 million extension to the passenger terminal at London’s Stansted Airport has been opened. The enlarged facility provides nearly 64,600 sq ft (6,000m2) of additional space for arriving passengers, including a sixth baggage reclaim belt and extra desk space for immigration control managed by the UK Border Agency.
Later phases to be opened by December 2008 will include additional shops, more comfortable waiting areas for friends and relatives and improved transport facilities for those requiring onward travel by bus, coach, train or taxi.
To emphasise the airport’s ‘green’ policies and to reduce the environmental impacts of developments and day-to-day operations, BAA claims that the extension will be carbon neutral following the installation of a state-of-the-art biomass heating boiler, one of the biggest in commercial use in the UK.
“At peak times we can expect over 3,300 arriving passengers an hour through the terminal, so this new extension is all about us continuing to provide the best possible facilities for passengers. This means meeting the travel demands of today as well as planning ahead for passenger growth in the future which is forecast to see numbers rise to 35 million a year by 2015,” said BAA Stansted Strategy Director, Nick Barton.