Stansted Airport has welcomed today’s Government announcement that Abellio East Anglia has won the franchise to operate the Stansted Express and other rail services between London, the airport and Cambridge from October 2016.
The nine-year franchise will see over £1.4 billion invested into the railway in the East of England. On the mainline from London to the airport, airlines passengers and commuters will benefit from a faster, more frequent and reliable service, including:
- New trains to Stansted Airport from February 2019
- Five minute reduction in the journey times to the airport from London
- A new hourly direct Norwich - Cambridge – Stansted Airport service
- A commitment to improve reliability and punctuality.
- Improvements to the on-board passenger experience including free-wifi
Commenting on the announcement, Andrew Cowan, Chief Executive of London Stansted Airport said:
“Stansted will grow by more than any London airport in the next ten years so it’s important that passengers get an improved rail service which delivers new trains and a more reliable, more frequent and faster service.
“The new franchise is certainly a step in the right direction and with further investment in track improvements, we could see even faster services to Stansted Airport.
“We now look forward to working closely with Abellio East Anglia, the Government and Network Rail to ensure that the airport, our passengers, the local business community and commuters will all benefit from these and other improvements in the service.”
Stansted Airport awarded a prestigious CommunityMark, recognising its excellence in community investment
Stansted Airport has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark, the UK’s highest national standard for leadership and excellence in community investment.
Presented by Business in the Community, the CommunityMark recognises businesses that are leading the way in supporting local communities. The sought after standard is given to companies who put community at the heart of their business.
The CommunityMark involves a rigorous assessment process that is designed so that only the best companies are recognised. Stansted joins an exclusive network of only 34 businesses in the UK to hold the status.
The airport’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme was highly recognised, in particular its education and community outreach projects.
Andrew Cowan, Stansted Airport’s Chief Executive, said:
“We are absolutely delighted and hugely honoured to receive the Community Mark accreditation. Earning trust is crucial to the long term success of the airport which is why corporate responsibility is firmly embedded in our DNA.
“In the last 12 months alone, we have opened an award winning education centre - the Aerozone - which has welcomed 3,000 youngsters from across 100 schools and colleges in the region, doubled our employee volunteering targets, introduced innovative aircraft navigation technology to reduce the impact of noise disturbance on local residents and helped almost 500 people find a new job on the airport.
“We are genuinely committed to ensuring that the business operates in a responsible fashion and is fully engaged in working with the East of England to develop a positive and effective sustainability strategy that delivers real value and change to benefit communities.”
The airport was presented with the CommunityMark at Business in the Community’s National Gala Dinner, supported by Fujitsu, the 2015 Responsible Business of the Year, on 11 July 2016.
Commenting Stephen Howard, Business in the Community’s Chief Executive said:
“I congratulate Stansted Airport for joining the exclusive network of CommunityMark companies. Business has a vital role to help create vibrant and prosperous communities. CommunityMark holders are at the heart of this movement, demonstrating an impressive commitment to identifying and responding to social needs.
Crucially, these companies understand that excellence in community investment not only has a positive and valuable impact on society, but also creates real business benefits. We hope their example will inspire many more businesses to put responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business.”
This week MAG published its end year results for 2015/16, reporting a fifth consecutive year of growth and its most successful year ever.
Passenger numbers overall have risen 7% to 51.9million - meaning 1 in 5 passengers to/from the UK travelled through MAG airports. In particular, Stansted added more passengers year-on-year than any other UK airport, placing it amongst the fastest growing airports in Europe, handling nearly 24 million passengers last year (up 32% since MAG acquisition in 2013).
Demand for air travel and the value of aviation to the UK economy continued to grow - in our case far beyond forecast passengers numbers and supported by significant investment in our infrastructure and customer service.
Our airports have been able to outperform their competitors over the last year, largely because they still have the capacity to grow. In the coming years, as this country continues to see an increase in air travel, Government must ensure that aviation policy and infrastructure investment prioritises those airports where capacity already exists, such as Stansted and Manchester.
MAG’s business strategy has a long-term focus with resilient foundations, which will stand us in good stead to respond to any adverse consequences that may be felt by the UK economy following the country’s decision to the leave the EU. However, maintaining the UK's position at the heart of the Aviation Single Market, enabling the aviation sector to flourish and support the UK economy, must also be a priority for Government over the next six months.
Hundreds flock to check out all the opportunity on our doorstep
Business honchos, jobseekers and travel-lovers flocked to Stansted Airport's Diamond Hangar for the third staging of Check-in@Stansted.
The business, careers and tourism fair last Thursday (June 23) saw 565 visitors clicked through the doors.
They enjoyed a range of attractions, from fire and rescue vehicles and the luxury catering of award-winning chef Michael Binnington to fun photo booths and a seminar by TV presenter Jeff Brazier.
Some 60 exhibitors were made up of companies from across Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridge.
Amongst the venue's executive jets were Mantle Business Centres, Saffron Apparel Ltd, Harrods Aviation, Premier Travel, Mercedes-Benz and Qatar Cargo.
An award for the best dressed stand went to Dunmow's Rose Garden Florist.
The free event was arranged by Stansted Airport Chamber of Commerce and the Sowerby Group, with students from Harlow College assisting on the day.
Sponsors included Stansted Airport, Uttlesford District Council, Diamond Hangar and the Herts & Essex Observer.
The exhibition was branded as a place where 'business has no boundaries' and featured speed networking opportunities throughout the day, as well as the first ever Uttlesford District Council Business Zone.
One of the big hits was a seminar for business owners and managers given by life coach Jeff Brazier, who is also known for being a presenter on The Hub section of ITV's This Morning.
The discussion focused on increasing positivity, confidence and happiness in the workplace and was described as "refreshing, inspiring and very motivational".
Thoughts of the organisers are already turning to next year after a raft of positive feedback from those involved.
"I thought it was fantastic," said Jo Hart, of Mantle Business Centres. "We got some great contacts from the day and will be busy following up with these in the next week."
Colin Kitchener, of Integral Promotions, said the fair felt "like Olympia".
"It is a definite must to attend again next year," he added.
Maria Teer, of SFB Consulting, said: "We found the exhibition went really well considering the weather and also with it being the day of the [EU referendum] vote. I have arranged a few meetings with potential clients."
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