The UK’s fourth busiest airport
Stansted was originally an airbase and didn’t see commercial operations until 1966. Various governments had kept Stansted reserved as London’s official third airport since the 1950s. It would be 1979 before it was selected for redevelopment and the late 1980s before anyone began work. Further expansion of the terminal took place in the mid-2000s. While the main carriers never migrated to Stansted, the low-cost companies spotted an opportunity and Stansted has become one of the biggest Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) airports in the UK. It’s the fourth busiest, just behind Manchester and as well as ‘bucket and spade’ routes, the airport is one of the UK’s largest cargo hubs. It has great connections to both rail and road, with the train station sitting just under the terminal front. Stansted is a very modern airport.