Stansted boss addresses Suffolk business leaders
Stansted Airport’s Business Change Director, Martin Lyall, visited Suffolk this week to update business leaders about the airport’s future plans and what it will mean for local businesses.
Speaking at a networking lunch hosted by the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Mr Lyall talked about the airport’s multi-million pound investment programme to improve facilities and how Suffolk businesses can tap into its supply chain.
London Stansted Airport is the UK’s fourth busiest airport handling over 25 million passengers a year. We fly to 190 destinations across the globe and serve more European destinations than any other UK airport. Whist we have available runway capacity to grow, the current terminal and airfield infrastructure is reaching capacity. Over the next decade we have committed to a significant investment programme which will see the biggest upgrade in passenger facilities at the airport since the new terminal opened in 1991.
As part of the plans we will be constructing a new £130m arrivals building, revamping our existing terminal and enhancing passenger services to allow the airport to handle more than 35 million passengers a year. This investment will transform the experience for millions of passengers and help unlock Stansted’s spare capacity, providing more choice of airlines and destinations and creating vital links for businesses in Suffolk and the wider East of England.
We are proud to play an active and positive role in the thriving community that surrounds Stansted. The airport brings employment, business and travel opportunities to the residents and companies of Suffolk and we want those businesses to work with us to maximise these opportunities and enjoy the benefits a successful international airport brings to the area.
Membership of Suffolk Chamber offers many benefits, including great networking and speaker events and so we really appreciated having Martin as our latest guest speaker. Stansted Airport, a longstanding Suffolk Chamber member, plays an important part in this county’s and the region’s economic success and it was very interesting to hear from Martin as to the plans for the future and what the benefits could be for the people and businesses of Suffolk.