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The day has finally come! A historic moment for London Stansted Airport that we have all been waiting for so long...


On Friday 8 June 2018, Emirates celebrated the inaugural flight of its new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN). The flight marks the first time an international airline based in the Middle East operates out of the popular London airport, and connects the East of England with Emirates’ global network of over 155 destinations via its hub Dubai.

Where will London Stansted Airport and Emirates take you next? 

To celebrate the airline’s arrival to the airport, Emirates and Stansted airport held a launch event for local dignitaries and stakeholders, hosted by Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West, and Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President, UK, alongside Ken O’Toole, Stansted Airport’s CEO.emirates3

Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President said:

“We decided to add London Stansted to our network because we saw an opportunity to directly connect the local community with some of the world’s most popular leisure and business destinations. Previously, London’s north east, and the wider 7.5 million people that live within Stansted’s catchment areas had to travel into the city, or further, to access airports with global reach. Now, this daily flight to Dubai connects passengers seamlessly to Emirates points across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.There’s been a real appetite for increased connectivity between the thriving business community in the East of England and our global network too. The new gateway will support the swell of new start-ups, SMEs and established businesses in the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor by giving them access to new cities and countries across the globe."

Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s CEO said: “Today is a truly significant moment in the history of London Stansted and we are delighted that our millions of passengers, based in London and the East of England, will see huge benefits from the direct connectivity between the airport and Emirates hub in Dubai and its vast array of onward connections.In 2018 Stansted is set to be the fastest growing London airport and a key enabler of economic growth for both the UK and East of England, and the addition of the new Emirates service will provide a further boost to our long haul ambitions and ultimately save local passengers valuable time and money that is associated with flying from other airports across London."

Click to hear more from Emirates' Hubert Frach and from London Stansted's Mark Souter Head of Aviation - Key Accounts and take a look inside this magnificent aircraft!

Emirates SACC​Julie Budden, Chair of SACC:  "I had the pleasure of being part of this historic day welcoming Emirates to London Stansted Airport alongside other business leaders and representatives from businesses from around the region. 

It was a magical afternoon which actually brought tears to many eyes, including mine!  I have been part of Stansted for many years and have seen so many positive and rewarding changes and long may it continue.  

London Stansted continues to grow and brings important change to the region for both passengers and businesses alike as well as working with the community – well done “Our Stansted” – on behalf of myself and our members I applaud you for all the hard work you continue to do! Thank you.”

 Click here to take a look back at the evolution of London Stansted Airport, from its 1943 roots as RAF Stansted Mountfitchet airfield, to the announcement that Emirates is launching a daily non-stop direct service from London Stansted to Dubai. 

planeThursday 21st June 2018, 10 am to 4 pm is a date/time that should be in your business diary. Regional businesses will meet inside a unique venue – the Diamond Hangar, London Stansted Airport for the 5th annual business expo Check-in @ Stansted brought to you by The Stansted Airport Chamber of Commerce.

Showcasing their businesses and promoting their products and services on the day, latest exhibitors signed up include: Just Displays, Coralmead Accountancy Services Ltd, CSS Recruitment & Training Ltd, Three Counties Refrigeration Ltd, Eurobase People, CeeLab and Collective Property Services. A full list of exhibitors, sponsors and the latest floor plan can be found online at www.check-in-stansted.com 

Those attending will not only get the chance to meet new companies and network with like minded people, but they will also have the chance to participate in FREE speed networking and enjoy a whole range of free seminars that are scheduled to take place from within the main exhibition hall. 

Visitors will also get the chance to enjoy some fun brought to you by Diamond Fun Casinos, sample food and beverages from British Event Catering and help support the 2018 Charity of Choice – For Nanny and Bobby (www.fornannyandbobby.com). We also have a little surprise in store for West Ham fans, ex Pro Tony Cottee will be making a special appearance! 

Visitors can register for FREE online at www.check-in-stansted.com or turn up on the day! 

Julie Budden, Chair of The Stansted Airport Chamber of Commerce said: 

“Our region is home to some exceptional businesses. Businesses that year on year are growing and opening more opportunities. Whether that be supplier agreements, new clients, new staff - Check-in @ Stansted is a place where we can help make all of this happen. We put on the show – you go out and do business! We’re really pleased to announce that LPL Construction Services will be back this year as a sponsor. They are a great testimony of how a business can grow and use local suppliers and people to achieve this”.

Darren Shepherd, Procurement & Supply Chain Manager at LPL Construction Services added:

“LPL Construction Services are pleased to announce that they are returning to support the Check-in event this year on the launch of their new corporate identity and look forward to supporting this fantastic event as Stansted Airport moves into an exciting new growth era in the UK aviation sector”.    

Local taxi firm, CSL who are also exhibiting on the day will be offering reduced rates if any visitor requires transporting to and from the venue on the day. You can book in advance by calling 07508 980 204 and quoting Check-in @ Stansted.

Limited stands are now available so if you are looking to jump onboard from as little as £250 cos we’ve one left? £325 + vat, get in touch with either Julie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call 01279 870064.



Primera Air is to launch a third transatlantic route from its new base at London Stansted with direct flights to the Canadian city of Toronto from June 2018.

The Danish airline will offer three flights a week all year round to Canada’s number one visitor destination in addition to its recently announced daily services to New York’s Newark Airport that begin in April 2018 and the four departures a week to Boston Logan Airport from May next year.

The route is London Stansted’s fifth largest unserved destination with over 280,000 passengers from the airport’s catchment area flying from other airports to Toronto in the last year.

  • Direct flights three times a week to Canada’s top destination from new London Stansted base
  • Third new route joins New York and Boston from June 2018
  • More choice and convenience for over 280,000 local passengers flying each year to Toronto from other London airports

Flights to all three destinations will be operated by Primera Air’s brand new Airbus A321NEO aircraft and include a choice of two cabins, full-service premium and low-fare economy, free Wi-Fi and onboard charging points. 

Andri M. Ingolfsson, Primera Air President and Chairman of Primera Air, said: 

“Yet again, we are very proud to announce our new direct route to the Canadian city of Toronto from our new base at London Stansted. This exciting destination will be a great addition to our earlier announced New York (EWR) and Boston routes which will take to the air from April next year from London Stansted. 

“With our brand new Airbus321NEO aircraft, we are opening routes previously traditionally served only by wide-body aircraft. With unmatched efficiency of these new-generation aircraft, we will be able to offer unprecedented prices to our passengers from the UK to USA and Canada. At the same time, we are very proud to be offering a low-fare/high quality product and service concept, that will be perfect both for leisure and business travelers.”

Ken O’ Toole, London Stansted’s Chief Executive, said:OTOOLE

“The announcement of Primera Air’s new service to Toronto is yet another fantastic addition to Stansted’s rapidly growing route network and comes hot on the heels of the airline’s exciting news it will launch direct flights to both New York and Boston next year.

“As a forward thinking and innovative airport we have the ambition and runway capacity to enable us to offer more flights to more destinations across North America, the Middle East and further afield and satisfy the growing demand from businesses and passengers across the region to fly long-haul from their local airport.  

“We’re delighted Primera Air has chosen Stansted and recognised the airport offers the primary growth opportunity in the London market over the next 15 years and we look forward to further developing our relationship to provide more global connectivity, trade opportunities and more choice.” 

Flights to all three destinations are now on sale with prices starting from £149 one-way inclusive of all taxes, fees and charges. Visit www.primeraair.com for more information.

Safari Networking Event - a great success!

We were delighted to welcome 50 plus members and guests from fellow chambers of commerce and networking groups from around the region all together under one roof for a networking experience with a difference!


This was a first Safari experience for many who left inspired and excited with many new contacts to be followed up and potential business to be done.

This a great networking opportunity which offers businesses the chance to locate contacts, make connections, develop relationships, make recommendations and referrals, seize and create business opportunities and exchange value! 

Meet the Neighbours shows that business doesn't recognise borders.  Keep your eyes on www.thesacc.com for the date of the next event in 2018 to be announced in the coming weeks.

Chris Wiggan

Thanks to our speakers

Our guest speaks went down a storm with an informative and well received presentation by Chris Wiggan Head of External Affairs at London Stansted Airport.  Chris updated on the progression of the airport  and the plans ahead including the new arrivals terminal which is to be on 3 levels.

Once the work is complete, Stansted Airport will be able to boast being the only operating UK airport with dedicated arrivals and departures terminals. 

London Stansted achieved its busiest ever September as over 2.45 million passengers travelled through the airport during the month, surpassing the previous record set 10 years ago in September 2007.

Chris also touched upon the news of their commitment, alongside Harlow College, to develop and deliver a Technical and Professional Skills Centre to be located on the airport. This will provide invaluable vocational training opportunities, with a focus on addressing geographical gaps in local provision and skills. The project will train approximately 530 young people and adults per year in vocational skills, traineeships and Apprenticeships and will support the development of employment growth at London Stansted Airport.  It will enable employers at the airport to recruit young people and adults with appropriate levels of skills, and will allow local residents to acquire advanced and higher level skills.


Adam Stott, successful businessman and entrepeneur delighted the audience with tips on "how to make it big in business".  In just 9 years, 34 year-old entrepreneur, Adam Stott, built Big Cars from scratch into a £40million turnover business.

By focusing on being a customer service business that happens to sell cars, Big Cars has broken the mould of traditional car dealers. Its innovative use of Facebook has generated sales of £50 million and a following of more than 350,000 fans. Big Cars now employs 75 staff and sells more than 3,000 cars annually from four dealerships in Essex, Suffolk and Surrey.

In recognition of its achievements, Big Cars has twice been recognised by the London Stock Exchange as one of the Top 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain (2015 and 2016).

Adam’s flair for business and entrepreneurial spirit has propelled him forward to become an international speaker on business, a best-selling author on Amazon and coach to a growing number of business owners. He established ‘Big Business Events’ in 2016, as a forum for supporting aspiring business owners, as well as established businesses seeking growth advice.

Adam was shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2016 Amazon Growing Business Awards.

Some of the comments received this morning...

"Thanks for another great evening. I have 20 appointments to be followed up..."

Dean Walters | Business Development Manager

"Great speed networking event with other chambers, very interesting airport talk as always by Chris Wiggins from MAG....thanks Julie Budden 25 new contacts made..."

Paula Tatchell | Head of Sales and Marketing UK

"Great night, well done..."

Ross Leary  | Training Consultant



Special thanks to our Sponsor Novotel London Stansted Airport and our Partners:

  • Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Bishop's Stortford Chambers of Commerce
  • Brentwood Chambers of Commerce
  • EBN
  • Business Exchange Networks
  • Meet the Town


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