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Stansted Plans Long-Haul Growth

Photo: The Stansted route was only the third to feature Emirate's newly reconfigured three-class interior installed in its latest Boeing 777-300ERs. (Key Collection)


Over the next five years London/Stansted is aiming to secure direct services to at least 25 new long-haul destinations around the world.

Its aviation team is currently in Guangzhou, China, for the annual World Routes network development conference, where they will showcase London/Stansted’s £600m redevelopment project to airlines from around the world as well as discussing network and growth opportunities.

They are looking to build on recent successes, including the launch earlier this summer of Emirates’ daily service to Dubai as well as maximising the potential of existing runway capacity.

Chief executive Ken O’Toole said: “People from across the region, and businesses in particular, regularly tell us they want London/Stansted to offer a network of long-haul routes that will connect them to their key countries, customers and markets. Stansted sits at the heart of one of the UK’s fastest growing and most successful economic regions, reflecting the competitiveness and ambition of the businesses trading here.

“In the past year we’ve secured six of the top ten most in-demand routes, including New York, Dubai, Boston, Washington, Toronto and Tel Aviv. Now we want to build on this success and add even more direct services to key destinations across China, India, North America and the Middle East.”

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