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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Check-in @ Stansted, the only B2B exhibition to take place at London Stansted Airport within the unique and highly impressive Diamond Hangar on Thursday 23rd June 2016, has confirmed that Secret Diners Club which offers affordable, luxury catering operated by Lydia Cole and her partner Michael, a Michelin award-winning chef with 17 years’ experience in the industry, is set to cater for the VIP lunch at this year’s event.
Chef Michael Binnington has worked in some of the country’s top Michelin starred restaurants and hotels including The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, Midsummer House in Cambridge and Chapter One in Kent, and has seen him cook for some very high profile guests including royalty.
The team at Check-in look forward to welcoming Secret Diners on the day along with the VIP guests who will be sampling the food that they have to offer!
Also at the fair, exhibitors and sponsors will have the chance to buy and sample foods from around the world courtesy of Premier Crew Hospitality.
Owner Naomi Pitt Roche said: "Premier Crew Hospitality is excited to be providing the food and drink for the third year running at Check-in@Stansted.
"This year we'll be tempting visitors and exhibitors with delicious street food dishes from a variety of Stansted's popular destinations, including paella from Spain, pizza from Italy, bratwurst from Germany, chips with mayonnaise from Holland, hog roast rolls from right here at home and tacos from Stansted's new destination – Mexico.
"Where do you fancy being transported to during your lunch break?"
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