Following the publication this morning of a letter signed by 200 business leaders in support of remaining in the EU, MAG, the owner of Stansted Airport, issued the following statement.
Charlie Cornish, Chief Executive of MAG, owner of Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports, said:
"The EU has benefitted UK consumers and businesses enormously over the last 25 years by opening up the European aviation market to provide greater competition and choice.
"UK airlines now compete successfully on routes right across Europe, taking full advantage of the ‘open skies’ created by the EU.
"In addition to a greater choice of destinations and lower fares, European travellers have also gained in other ways, including safer and more secure travel, the abolition of mobile phone roaming charges, reciprocal health agreements and protection when flights are disrupted.
"Inside the EU Britain can continue to grow, invest and create jobs and I believe it would be in the best interests of the millions of passengers using our airports every year, and the UK economy, for Britain to remain in a reformed Europe."
Stansted Airport's business-to-business exhibition is back again for the third year running.
Check-in@Stansted has grown in terms of exhibitor numbers, sponsors and visitors ever since its launch in 2014.
This year’s event is due to take place on Thursday 23rd June 2016 within the prestigious Hangar amongst executive jets (flown in from around the world) at the Diamond Hangar, London Stansted from 10 am – 4 pm. So put the date in the diary!
It’s FREE to attend and is a great chance for companies to exhibit, network with like-minded people, promote their brand and services and ‘do business together’ in a rapidly growing region!
Amongst the sponsors are London Stansted Airport, Uttlesford District Council, the Diamond Hangar, Herts & Essex Observer, Essex Chronicle, Brentwood Gazette and Global Radio (Heart FM and Smooth Radio) as well as the SACC and The Sowerby Group.
Chris Wiggan, head of external affairs at Stansted, said: "The airport is a key catalyst for growth and jobs in the east of England and the UK, employing over 11,000 people across 190 on-airport companies contributing over £1 billion to the local economy.
"With a growing international airport on the doorstep, this region has a lot to offer and is at the heart of driving forward growth and opportunities, and this is where organisations such as the Stansted Chamber of Commerce and events like Check-in@Stansted really can help."
Mike Foley, executive director at the Diamond Hangar, added: "We've been part of the Check-in@Stansted journey since day one and are very proud of that.
"Our business is unique in terms of the companies operating from within. Check-in@Stansted has provided us with fantastic PR and exposure, and is a great opportunity to promote our brand and the commercial space we have available.
Mike continued "It's also a unique venue for such an exhibition and a great chance for visitors not only to network with businesses, but also to see what really goes on inside a hangar. We cannot wait to see what 2016 brings."
Julie Budden, chair of SACC, said: "This year we're opening the event to more businesses, including food vendors, who we'd like to see promote their brand within a dedicated food area and to sell their food and beverages on the day. We want to see 'foods from around the world'.
"In addition, we've opened the exhibition area to accommodate all businesses – including start-ups and car dealerships. This event truly is suitable for all."
Nicola Wisbey, from Sowerby, added: "This year we'll also be offering a speed networking area to again enhance the benefits of exhibiting and attending the day."
British Airways is to start flying from Stansted Airport this summer to the popular holiday sunspots of Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza.
The flights, which begin on May 28, will be operated by the wholly owned British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer on 98-seat Embraer 190 jets. Fares start from £49 each way based on a return fare with hand baggage only, inclusive of all taxes, fees and charges.
Stansted MD, Andrew Harrison, said: “I am delighted to welcome British Airways to Stansted and very much look forward to the launch of its first ever scheduled flights from the airport in May this year.
“Since we acquired Stansted, our focus has been on attracting a wider choice of airlines and these new services to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza are strong additions to our route network, which now covers over 170 destinations across Europe and North America.
“I’m sure these routes will be very popular with passengers from across London, Cambridge and the growing east of England region who are looking to head off on their holidays. We look forward to working closely with British Airways to build a strong working relationship and ensure these new flights are a huge success.”
Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer at BA CityFlyer, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to expand our London network and to give our customers even more choice of where to fly from this summer.
“Stansted is a growing airport and we will be offering a full scheduled service to some of the most popular European holiday destinations, complementing our existing services from other London airports.”
Turkish Airlines is the latest major airline to join London Stansted Airport’s growing cargo operation when it begins new services to Istanbul today (Oct 29).
The airline joins international heavyweights that include China Southern Airlines and Qatar Airways as the fifth carrier to be added to the cargo network since MAG (Manchester Airports Group) took over ownership of Stansted in March 2013.
The upsurge in operators has seen the airport’s cargo tonnage rise in the past 12 months by 9.5% to lift the annual total to over 235,000 tonnes.
The new Istanbul link is Turkish Airlines’ first UK all-cargo flight for six years and will see an Airbus A310 fly a weekly service to Stansted from Istanbul’s Ataturk airport via Amsterdam.
Conan Busby, MAG Cargo Business Development Manager, said:
“We're delighted that Turkish Airlines has selected the modern, world class cargo facilities at Stansted from which to operate their first UK freight services for six years. Stansted is one of the largest cargo hubs in Britain with more than £9.5bn worth of cargo transported every year.
“With spare runway capacity to support significant growth and additional economic activity, MAG‘s ambition is to develop Stansted into the premier scheduled freighter airport for the UK. The airport sits at the heart of the London-Stansted-Cambridge growth corridor, and with the region booming and London’s economic activity shifting towards the east, Stansted is ideally placed to support businesses trading internationally and looking to compete in the global market place.”
The new link has also been welcomed by regional business organisations. David Rooke, Inward Investment Manager for INVEST Essex, said:
“Turkey, as a fast-growing market in its own right together with onward global connections is an important and welcome new destination for London Stansted’s cargo offer. It’s great to see the airport, under MAG ownership, developing new links to enhance its international reach for the business community. The London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor is the most exciting and dynamic business area in the UK and being able to distribute products globally is vitally important to allow companies in the region to grow and compete in the global market place.”
Stansted is the busiest for all-freighter traffic among the London airports and transports thousands of tonnes of textiles, fruit and vegetables, electronics, pharmaceuticals, mail, horses and Formula One equipment on 11,000 annual flights to destinations in nearly every continent.
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