‘We’re backing Stansted’ campaign flying high

  • Hundreds of local residents, businesses, staff and on-site partners speak out in support of the airport’s plans for responsible growth
  • Video launched demonstrating widespread popularity of Stansted’s planning application

London Stansted’s plans to raise the number of passengers it is permitted to handle each year from 35 million to 43 million have received strong backing from hundreds of local residents, businesses, staff and on-site partners.

The airport has today released a video showcasing why these supporters are ‘backing Stansted’. The ‘We’re Backing Stansted’ film includes comments from Stansted Airport College, AstraZeneca, Invest Essex, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, local businesses and airport staff.

With Uttlesford District Council’s Planning Committee due to decide on the application on 14 November, many supporters of the ‘We’re Backing Stansted’ campaign have welcomed the airport’s commitment to delivering the additional eight million passengers within existing limits on flight movements and noise impacts, whilst also creating 5,000 new jobs, generating an additional £1 billion economic value add for the region, improving passenger choice and securing international long-haul routes to fast-growing markets like China, India and the USA.

Uttlesford District Council has received hundreds of submissions of support for the plans from a huge range of supporters, including:

‘We’re backing Stansted’

Adnams Southwold

Air Corsica

Airport Bus Express



Aviation GSA UK

BNP Paribas Estate on behalf of Royal Mail

Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Cambridge Network

Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce

Caviar House

CBI East of England


Daniel Zeichner MP



Freight Transport Association

Greater Anglia


Harlow College

Harlow Enterprise

Haven Gateway Partnership

HMS Host international

J.D. Wetherspoon



London First

London Stansted Cambs Consortium

Lovewell Blake

LPL Construction

Mayor of London

Middlesex University London


Monsoon / Accessorize

National Express

New Anglia Enterprise

Omniserv Ltd

Pegasus Airlines

Phar Partnerships

Pret A Manger

Primesight Ltd

Rees Bradley Hepburn (RBH)



Robert Walters

Robson Handling Technology


Sixt Rent

South East Local Enterprise Partnership


Suffolk Chamber of Commerce


The Broderick Group

The Dune Group

The Port of Tilbury

The Restaurant Group

Thomas Cook Airlines

UK Cargo Airline

Unite the Union

University of Essex

Essex Chamber of Commerce

Stansted Airport Chamber of Commerce

University of Cambridge

Visit East Anglia

Wallis Shipping Services


We have been overwhelmed by the support from such a wide spectrum of the local community for our plans to make best use of the spare capacity on our single runway.

The huge volume of submissions that Uttlesford District Council has received for our application reaffirms our belief that the phased and managed development of the airport is the right approach to take, and gives the local community confidence that future growth can be delivered in a measured and sustainable way.

London Stansted is not only the fastest growing airport in the UK, it’s also virtually unrecognisable from the one which MAG acquired in 2013. During this time, we have spent £150m on upgrading the terminal, added nearly 10 million passengers and 40 new routes and brought a whole new ambition to the airport.

But this is only the beginning of what we can achieve. We are investing £600 million to transform the airport facilities for passengers and our airline partners and, following the successful arrival of world-leading airline Emirates this summer, our work to attract more long-haul routes to fast growing markets like China, India and the USA continues to gather pace.

“The airport has real momentum and a fantastic opportunity to play a vital role in providing greater connectivity to trade globally, create 5,000 new jobs, drive regional economic growth, attract overseas investment and encourage more tourists to our shores.

We now need to make best use of Stansted’s available airport capacity through continued strong and sustainable growth and deliver the next phase of the airport’s evolution. I would urge those who back their local airport and share our vision of the future to pledge their support and join the hundreds who have already made their views known.
Ken O’ Toole, CEO of London Stansted