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London Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport is an airport in the English county of Essex about fifty miles north of London. Its IATA airport code is STN. It was adapted from a WWII bomber base. It is connected to northeast London and Cambridge by the M11 motorway and by express electric trains to the London terminus of Liverpool Street station and, less frequently, by diesel trains to Cambridge and the Midlands. The access from the motorway has recently been improved with a new grade-separated junction.

It is a medium-sized passenger airport with a single runway. Tentative plans have been published for the addition of up to three more runways. Despite much design praise for its light and airy interior, the airport has never catered for spectators or those wishing to watch friends depart.

Several budget airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet maintain bases there and Volga-Dnepr often station a large Antonov 124 freighter to the northwest of the main runway ready to carry outsize cargoes. FedEx are a dominant operator of trans-Atlantic freighter services.

Passengers hoping to use the long term car park should realise that it is about a mile from the terminal and should therefore allow at least twenty minutes to park and use a courtesy bus shuttle service prior to check-in. There are short term car parks next to the bus/coach station adjacent to the terminal and the rail terminus is at basement level beneath that terminal.

Continental Airlines attempted to establish a transatlantic market between Stansted and Newark, New Jersey. Continental's flight was operated daily with a Boeing 757-200 International Configuration until withdrawn for commercial reasons.

Stansted International Airport has 1 terminal.

The layout of Stansted means that an aircraft can be isolated from the rest of the airport, and hijacked planes have consequently been redirected here on several occasions. These incidents have all ended with no loss of life.

The following airlines and tour companies market flights from Stansted:

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