| LATEST PLANS TO EXPAND STANSTED
Stansted Airport handled 24.3 million passengers last year (2016) and this year will handle just over 25 million. It already has permission to grow to 35 million, granted after a five-month public inquiry held in 2007. Despite this, Manchester Airports Group, Stansted's owners, says that it now "urgently" needs permission to expand to a massive 44.5 million passenger airport over the next 12 years.
The expansion plans would mean almost 20 million more passengers and an extra 104,000 flights annually compared with today. This translates into an aircraft overflying during daytime hours from the current average of every 2¼ minutes, to a plane every 85 seconds, in contrast to the airport's claim that there will be "no significant adverse environmental effects".
Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) is gearing up to scrutinise the application when it is lodged - expected later this year - in order to make representations on such issues as noise from overflying, impacts on local roads and rail, community well-being and quality of life.
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SSE Submission to UDC on Stansted Airport Scoping Report (July 2017)
SSE Asks: What's the Rush? What's the Truth? (July 2017)
SSE Warns Don't be Hoodwinked by Stansted Spin (6 July 2017)
Airport Environmental Scoping Report for 44.5 Million Passengers
Planning Portal - Documents for Airport Expansion Application (June 2017)
SSE Brands Airport Expansion Plans Premature and Opportunistic
(19 June 2017)