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London Stansted launches consultation on future development

London Stansted Airport has launched a consultation on its draft Sustainable Development Plan (SDP) on how it will develop to make use of the existing capacity of its single runway.

Stansted’s plan will help inform its final recommendations to government on the contribution Stansted’s existing capacity will make to meeting demand over the next 10-15 years.

It will establish a framework for responsible and sustainable growth, and sets out the ability to grow to handle 40-45 million passengers a year, from its current 18 million handled in 2013, all within agreed environmental limits and without the need for additional airport land.

Stansted explains that making use of existing capacity will generate an extra 10,000 on-site jobs and £4.6 billion in additional economic activity, by acting as a key enabler for economic development in the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor and East London.

The draft plan is a key element of Stansted’s on-going consultation on its approach to developing the airport to make more effective use of existing capacity.

As part of its commitment to increase the level of engagement with local communities, public exhibitions will take place in local towns and villages during September and October.

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London Stansted managing director, Andrew Harrison, explains: “Stansted’s potential for sustainable growth will be of enormous value as the UK strives to develop its global connectivity to support increased trade and investment, and these issues will be central to the Airports Commission’s work as it develops its final recommendations to the government.

“This plan highlights the vital role that the existing capacity of Stansted’s single runway will play over the next 10-15 years in meeting these challenges, showing how the airport can more than double the number of passengers it serves and provide greater choice and variety for passengers.

"The airport’s prime location at the heart of the London-Stansted-Cambridge economic corridor means we will see a significant increase in demand at Stansted over the coming years, driven by strong economic activity across the region.

“The plan establishes a framework for that growth to the capacity of our existing runway, supported by commitments on the way we will work closely and openly with our local communities to strike the right balance between the benefits and impacts of having Stansted on their doorstep.

"We strongly believe Stansted can increase international connectivity in the most sustainable, responsible and cost effective way possible.”

Stansted’s potential for growth has been supported by business leaders, MPs and airlines, including Ryanair, and easyJet.

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