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London Stansted Airport, England

London Stansted Airport (IATA: STN) is the third busiest airport serving London (fourth busiest in the UK after Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester Airports), handling nearly 27 million passengers in 2017. The airport is located about 48 km (30 miles) northeast of Central London. It is a base for several low-cost airlines with Ryanair being the major airline. Besides domestic flights, most international flights are between destinations in Europe. Stansted Airport comprises of one main terminal and three satellite terminals – two terminals connected to the main terminal by a people mover and another by an air bridge. Ground transport from Stansted includes coaches, trains, taxis and car rentals.


Airlines & Flights

Stansted Airport handles full service and low-cost airlines as well as charter flights. The airport has direct connections to over 170 destinations with most international flights within Europe. Beyond Europe, there are flights between North Africa (Agadir, Fez, Marrakesh, Rabat and Sharm el-Sheikh) and North America (Cancun, Montego Bay, Las Vegas and Orlando). Connections on the domestic routes include Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Guernsey.

Terminal at Stansted Airport by Albion

Low-cost airline Ryanair is the largest operator at Stansted Airport, serving over 130 destinations across Europe as well as Agadir, Fez, Marrakesh and Rabat in Morocco. Other major airlines include Thomas Cook, TUI Airways, EasyJet and serving scheduled as well as seasonal flights to many European holiday destinations. Other airlines include Air Moldova, AtlasGlobal, BA CityFlyer, German Wings and Pegasus Airlines.

Airport Facilities

Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the airport for up to 4 hours for each registered device. For a fee, there are internet kiosks where you can print from your mobile phone or laptop. There is a foreign currency exchange counter operated by Moneycorp where you can change over 50 currencies and pay by debit or credit card. There are also Moneycorp cash machines (ATMs) throughout the airport that dispense sterling pounds, the euro and US dollars.

Inside the terminal at Stansted Airport by Albion

Restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets at the airport include Burger King, Starbucks, Cafe Balzar and M&S. For last minute retail therapy, there are several high street stores including Boots, WHSmith, Dune, Dixon and Hamleys and for duty free shopping, there’s World Duty Free. Other amenities at Stansted Airport include baby-changing facilities, left luggage, porter service, multi-faith prayer rooms, premium lounge and baggage wrapping.

Ground Transport

Stansted Express trains depart every 15 minutes from the airport’s railway station (situated within the main terminal building) to Liverpool Street Station (a railway and underground station complex) in Central London. The underground station serves the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines. CrossCountry operates trains from the airport to Birmingham and Greater Anglia operates trains to Cambridge with intermediate stops along the routes.

Several coach (long distance bus) companies operate services from the airport to a number of destinations in Central London including Liverpool Street, King’s Cross and Paddington railway stations and Victoria Coach Station. There are also coaches to Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham and Ipswich. Stansted Airport to London by taxi is a long way and expensive but there’s a reservation desk at the international arrival concourse if you prefer. Car rental companies at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.

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