BAA currently owns and operates London Stansted Airport, as well as five other airports around the UK, the airport has been under the control of BAA since 1966 – the original plan was that Stansted would help to relieve some of the future congestion at Heathrow and Gatwick. There is one major passenger terminal at the airport, with the departure gates situated in three satellites. Facilities included at the passenger terminal are luggage services, a bureau de change, showers, internet access, more than 60 shops, bars and restaurants, there’s even a multifaith prayer room and a chapel available for worship.
Getting to London Stansted Airport is easy, whether you are travelling by car, rail or bus. The M11 Motorway connects Stansted to Cambridge and northeast London, and the A120 connects it to Harwich, Colchester and Braintree. There are lots of short stay parking spaces available which are within walking distance of the airport terminal, and more than 8,000 long stay places available close to the motorway from where a courtesy bus will help you to continue your journey. Of course, there are lots of other parking facilities available too including “meet and greet” services. The whole lay-out of the airport was originally designed for the unobstructed flow of passengers arriving at the short stay car parks, through the check-in desks, past security and on to the departure gates on one, easy level, a very well thought out plan which works remarkably well.
Stansted Airport also has a railway station which is located below the terminal building, offering rail services to many places including Leicester, Cambridge and the Midlands. There’s also the very popular Stansted Express which runs to London’s Liverpool Street Station every quarter of an hour, a journey which takes anywhere between 45 minutes and an hour.
There are plenty of opportunities to travel to London Stansted Airport by bus or coach too, with scheduled services running to many destinations. There are regular services run between Stansted Airport and central London, many of these journeys do take a little longer than the equivalent train journey but are generally about half the price. The bus station is situated next to the airport terminal building.
Stansted airport is sited around 40 miles north-east of the city of London, close to Stevenage and Chelmsford. It is close to the M11; after exiting here, follow the signs along the A120 to the airport.