Thousands of people fly in and out of Stansted Airport and continue on their journeys without ever stopping to take the time to take in some of the fantastic attractions there are in the area. If you happen to find yourself close to Stansted Airport with a few hours or days to spare, never fear . . . there are lots of things to see and do.
Don’t forget that Stansted Airport is one of London’s airports meaning that the fabulous choice of attractions is never too far away. Anybody who really wants to get value for money on a trip to London would be well advised to splash out on a London Pass ticket which can get you and your family into the very best attractions London has to offer. Read More
London Stansted Airport carries thousands of passengers to and from their chosen destinations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days per year. Let’s take a look at some of the interesting facts and figures pertaining to the airport.
Prepare to be educated, enthralled, shocked and amused . . . .
- London Stansted Airport flies around 17.5 million passengers to and from their chosen destinations every year – and that’s a lot of people, more than the combined population of Sweden and Finland.
- This incredible number (17.5 million) means that London Stansted Airport is the third busiest of the London airports (after London Heathrow and London Gatwick naturally) and the fourth busiest in the United Kingdom.
Stansted Airport is home to 41 airlines, and is the UK’s 4th largest airport, servicing 22.8 million passengers a year.
The history of includes gaps in services, since its origins as a crucial USAAF base, which dates back to 1943 and World War II.
Stansted Airport as a USAAF base
- The airfield was originally used as a bomber airfield and maintenance depot for B-26 aircraft until D-Day.
- While the B-26 operations were moved to France after the withdrawal of the Americans, the location was used for housing German prisoners of war from March 1946 to August of 1947.
- It wasn’t until 1949 that the history of Stansted Airport changed the identity of the past and started its destined path as a base for UK charter airlines, finally coming under control of BAA in 1966.
Stansted Airport is owned by MAG, the Manchester Airports Group and they have recently submitted new plans to expand the Airport substantially. The proposal includes increased capacity to 160 million passengers each year. This has been submitted to tackle the growing demand.
One of the arguments for expansion is that without it another Country will take the lead meaning a missed opportunity for the UK to take advantage for the ever increasing number of people travelling by air. Stansted is ideally located, close to London and with good road and rail links could be the ideal Airport to take on the extra passengers.
If you have some free time whilst you are in Stansted then why not spend a bit of time shopping in some of biggest shopping centre in the country. Stansted Airport is such an accessible airport to many central locations that you will be spoilt for choice of where to shop.
If you prefer to shop locally and support the local shops in Bishops Stortford you will find an array of cute boutique shops along with some of your more well-known high street stores.
Stansted airport has had its fair share of air time coverage and has seen its fair share of celebrities over the years with various filming being done at this busy airport. The most recent film was from the latest batman series called The Dark Knight Rises. Here is a list of some of the other films and television programmes that were filmed at Stansted Airport:
If you have some spare time between flights or you are looking for somewhere to visit while you are in the Stansted area why not call in to Audley End House located just outside Saffron Walden in Essex about 20 minutes away from Stansted.
Audley End House was once owned by Henry VIII and was then known as Walden Abbey. It has entertained royalty and seen many changes in its lifetime with new wings added on then later removed.
Audley End House is only a third of its original size with many parts gradually demolished over the years, but the main house structure has remained mostly structurally unaltered.
If you go down to the woods today you can be sure of a big surprise, at Hatfield Forest. Autumn or harvest time is a fantastic time of year to be heading to the forest to see all the magnificent colours this season has on offer.
Hatfield Forest is a vast ancient forest not far from Stansted and is a wonderful place to wander, to let the children run around, to go for a run,or to get back in touch with nature.
Hatfield Forest lies immediately south of Stansted Airport, it has trees that are over 1200 years old, along with a lake for fishing, boats to row around on the lake in summer along with bikes to hire.
Spectators came out in their hundreds on Saturday 7th July to watch the Olympic Torch make its way through Stansted. It was a proud moment for all who attended, with many waving flags or wearing the England colours to celebrate this amazing event. Even the rain showers could not dampen the spirits of those in attendance.
The torch was carried by three different bearers through the town and was a proud moment for all of them. They were picked from many hundreds of deserving nominees and was a once in a life time experience for them.
Schools will soon be breaking up for the summer holidays and although the weather hasn’t quite lived up to our expectations so far, there is still plenty to do with the kids if you find yourself in the area near Stansted Airport. Here are a few suggestions, some of which are suitable for rainy weather too.
Duxford Imperial War Museum
The Duxford Imperial War Museum is located within the grounds of the famous former First and Second World War airfield. You can explore some of the most well known aircraft in the world with your kids – the museum has a collection of over 200 aircraft as well as other military vehicles, boats and tanks.