London Stansted Airport is an international airport located at Stansted 64km (40 miles) northeast of Central London.
The airfield opened in 1943 and was used during the Second World War by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces as a bomber airfield and as a maintenance depot.
When the Ministry of Civil Aviation took over control of Stansted in 1949,the airport was used as a base by several UK charter airlines. In 1966, Stansted was placed under BAA control, the airport was used by holiday charter operators and plans were made to develop Stansted into London’s third airport. In the 1980s the airport’s new terminal building was designed by Lord Foster and construction completed in 1991.
London Stansted Airport is the UK’s fourth busiest airport and one of the fastest growing airports in Europe, in 2013 it handled 17.5 million passengers.
The Terminal facilities include several bureaux de change facilities, luggage services, internet access, toilets, showers, a chapel and multifaith prayer room for worship. There are over 60 shops, bars, restaurants and cafés throughout the airport as well as the provision of airport lounges.
Although long-haul scheduled services commenced in the early 1990s, they have generally not been that successful and the Airport is better known for being a base for a number of major European low-cost carriers, especially low-cost airline Ryanair. Stansted is also used by number of private companies who provide private jets to clients.
Stansted Airport has one main passenger terminal, There are three passenger satellites in which the departure gates are situated, one is connected to the main terminal by an air-bridge and the other two by the Stansted Airport Transit System people mover.
Stansted has a variety of Car Parking including Long, Mid and Short Stay options, There is also two drop off areas available.
Stansted Airport railway station is situated at the Terminal building with rail services to Birmingham New Street, stopping at Cambridge, Peterborough and Leicester run every 60 minutes operated by CrossCountry.
The quickest route into London is the Stansted Express train which runs to and from London Liverpool Street in Central London every 15 minutes and the usual journey time is roughly 45 to 53 minutes. The Stansted Express also calls at Tottenham Hale allowing to the North and West End of London.
Buses and coaches
National Express operates a 24-hour service to Victoria Coach Station with stops at Golder’s Green, Finchley Road, St John’s Wood, Baker Street and Marble Arch. A second service stops at Liverpool Street via Stratford, Whitechapel, Shorditch, Bethnal Green, Mile End and Bow.
easyBus offers a high-frequency, low-cost express bus service between Central London and Stansted Airport. The service operates every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week The journey time is one hour and 15 minutes direct and non-stop to London (Baker Street).
Terravision offers a low-cost coach service into Central London from Stansted. There are three services to choose from: a non-stop coach to Victoria Coach Station, a route to Liverpool Street Station and a service to Stratford.
Travelling from Stansted Airport to London by Taxi
24×7 Stansted operates a 24-hour service to and from the airport. A taxi journey into London for one to four people costs about £99. Black cabs do not operate from Stansted.
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