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London Stansted Airport

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London Stansted Airport Delay

About London Stansted

The London Stansted Airport (STN) is an airport located in Uttlesford’s government district called Stansted Mountfitchet, 30 miles northeast of Central London. London Stansted Airport is the fourth busiest airport in the United Kingdom and is owned and operated by The Manchester Airports Group (MAG).

In 1988 one million passengers passed through the airport, the first time this level of passenger traffic was reached in a one year period at the airport. Subsequently, London Stansted Airport consistently served more than one million passengers. In 2000, the number of passengers grew rapidly to nearly 12 million. The next year, the airport had a 15% increase in passengers with almost 170,000 aircraft movements. In 2008, the airport experienced a 6% decrease which continued until 2012 where they had 17,472,699 passengers. This was a 3.2% decrease from the previous year where there were more than 18 million passengers. The busiest route to and from the airport is Dublin, Ireland. The second and third busiest international routes are Alicante and Malaga, both located in Spain. Coming in at fourth and fifth were Rome and Milan, Italy. Edinburgh was the busiest domestic route, followed by Belfast and Glasgow.

The History of London Stansted Airport

In 1943, STN opened and became a base for World War II’s Royal Air Force. The United States also used the base as their maintenance depot and bomber airfield. The Americans withdrew from the airport in 1945 and thus, the Air Ministry took over Stansted where it became a spot for Maintenance Unit and used for storage purposes by the Royal Air Force. From 1946 to 1947 Stansted was used for housing German prisoners of war.

In 1949, the base finally became an airport under the supervision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Several charter airlines from the UK served the airport. BAA Limited controlled the airport from 1966, and holiday charter operators began using the airport due to it being an economical alternative to Heathrow and Gatwick. The number of passengers inevitably grew and as a result an expansion took place in 1970.

The government planned to increase the capacity of the airport to 15 million annual passengers, with construction beginning in 1988. Norman Robert Foster, a world-renowned British architect popularly known as Lord Foster, was commissioned to design the building and completion was achieved in 1991. Other big airlines soon began operating from the airport, including American Airlines. This prompted another expansion from 2007 to 2009, which increased capacity for baggage carousels, control halls and more facilities.

Punctuality and Delay Statistics

Understandably, many people dread a flight delay or cancellation. Fortunately, in London Stansted Airport delay is rarely a concern. From January to December of 2013, the airport only had an average delay of 9.42 minutes delay, below the average of 11.74 amongst UK airports. The vast majority of flights arrive and depart within 15 minutes of their scheduled time, despite the average delay time increasing slightly in the past year. STN ranks second when it comes to the most punctual airports in the UK, following London City Airport, which only has an average of 6.72 minutes delay. In terms of punctuality, easyJet is the best performing airline operating from Stansted, with an average delay time on 7.05 minutes. More information on punctuality can be found at FlightStats.

What to Do In Case of Flight Delay

Although the figures of London Stansted Airport are low when it comes to its delays, it is important that you are aware of your rights in case you experience delay or cancellation. Remember that under the EC Regulation 261/2004, passengers can receive compensation in the event of flight cancellations, denied boarding especially due to overbooking, or unnecessary delays.

Passengers need to be aware of their rights surrounding delayed and cancelled flights. Aside from reimbursement of flight tickets or payment for the inconvenience, you may be entitled to meals and refreshments as well as telephone calls and hotel accommodation. Flightright is a company created to inform passengers of their rights and make the process of claiming compensation simple.

Simply click the button below to find out whether you're eligible to receive up to £480.

What rights do I have?

Under EU law, you can get up to 480£ compensation in the event of a delay, cancellation or overbooking of your flight.
This is true regardless of the ticket price and up to 6 years retrospectively.


What to do when delayed?

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