The new terminal would enable Stansted Airport to grow capacity from its current planning limit of 35 million passengers a year to 43 million passengers a year. Current passenger traffic is 24 million a year but growth is expected.
The proposed 34,000 m2 building spans three levels and would be built inside the existing footprint of the airport, adjacent to the current terminal and the Radisson Blu Hotel. It would house arrivals, baggage reclaim and immigration facilities, freeing up the current terminal building to be reconfigured and dedicated entirely to departing passengers.
Subject to planning approval, it is expected the arrivals building will take up to three years to complete with other improvements to the existing terminal due to be finished by 2022.
Stansted Airport chief executive Andrew Cowan said: “The planning application and concept design for the new £130m arrivals building marks the latest phase in Stansted’s transformation and enables us to support further growth over the next decade and give our passengers the facilities that they want.
“Since MAG acquired the airport in early 2013, we have turned Stansted into one of the UK’s fastest growing airports. It has always been our vision to invest in its infrastructure to create the best experience for our growing number of passengers and airline customers and have already invested over £150 million to update our terminal and satellite facilities, created 1,000 more jobs, added over 40 new destinations and increased passenger numbers by nearly seven million.
“Stansted is thriving as a national asset, forming a key component of the UK’s aviation infrastructure at a time when airport capacity in the country is at a premium. Our investment will boost competition and enable the airport to play a bigger role in supporting economic growth, jobs and international connectivity across the east of England and London.
“Subject to planning consent, the next stage will be to develop our concept designs in conjunction with our stakeholders and business partners ahead of awarding any contracts for the construction works.”