Arriving to London by plane you will certainly come to either Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted Airport. In this article we will tell you about the third one, Stansted airport, for you to know the most important information, services the airport offers and how to get to the point of your destination, London.
Stansted Airport occupies the third place in size among the London airports and is deemed to be a significant universal airport. For a great variety of European low-budget carriers this airport is considered to be a basis. It serves flights for more than 100 destinations. This airport is not as huge as the other London airports, it has only one terminal, which serves all the flights. Stansted airport terminal has a form of long-drawn-out building, which is divided into three functional areas. They are Check-in, Departures and Arrivals. Instead of the gates in the dominant terminal building, it has three long buildings where the gates are situated. Nevertheless, the Terminal is built in such a way that there is no ability to observe the landing and take-off of an aircraft. It is made for reasons of safety. During the last several years Stansted airport became more popular, because of the increasing passenger throughput. In 2000 it was only 12 million and in 2006 it composes 23,7 million.
Stansted airport postcode is CM24 1QW. While travelling by car and using a sat nav it will certainly help you.
The most important universal destinations are served in Poland, Spain and Italy. The most popular inner flights are served into Edinburgh, Belfast, Glasgow, Dundee and Jersey. Also, from this airport the passengers have the ability to get into such European countries as Italy, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Turkey, Latvia, Germany and Denmark. The passengers may use the services of the following airlines:
• Air Moldova
• Astra Airlines
• Aurigny Air Services
• Austrian Airlines
• Pegasus Airlines
• Ryanair (serves the greatest amount of destinations)
• Thomson Airways
While travelling, usually arises a question how to get to and from the airport, so let’s view what are the most important means. This airport provides different kinds of car parking ranging at any cost. Stansted airport car parking can be divided into long, mid and short stay parking, valet parking, meet and greet or jet parks. Long and mid stay parking are the most reasonable concerning the prices. The car is parked in several minutes walk from the terminal and may be parked for 1 or 2 weeks stay (long stay) or 3 or 4 days stay (mid stay). For busy passengers and passengers with a big luggage the most appropriate type is a short stay parking, because it gives the opportunity to stay a car not far from the terminal. If you don’t have the desire to think how and where to park your car, use the service of valet parking or Meet and Greet. The special driver meets you, you give him the keys and he parks your car. Your vehicle will be in secure.
One more way to get to and from the airport is by train. Trains to stansted airport run regularly, every 15 minutes. Railway station is located below the Terminal building. Usually it takes approximately 45 or 50 minutes to get to the central London and the average ticket’s cost is £12. All the trains are well-equipped and have facilities for disabled passengers.
If you prefer busses you may use the services of National Express, the biggest operator in Great Britain of scheduled coach services. The buses to and from Stansted Airport run regularly. By bus you may get to the Central London by 60 minutes. Bus runs every 20 minutes, and the average cost is £2. The bus stop is located just in front of the Terminal.
Certainly, speaking about services and facilities the airport provides it doesn’t have so many differences from Heathrow or Gatwick. For the passengers travelling with children there is a special family room. There are also postal facilities, free wifi in the Terminal, cash machines, meeting rooms, smoking areas. A great variety of shops gives the opportunity to buy something interesting without going into the city. Here one can shop in Dixons Travel, FatFace, Boots, Glorious Britain and others. There is also a shopping collection service, which means that you may shop in any store and take all your purchases after arrival. Restaurants and cafes, such as Joe’s Coffee House, The Illustrious, Starbucks and others, operating at the airport, don’t let you die of a hunger.
Surely, such a great variety of services the airport proposes don’t leave you unsatisfied. Inspite of Heathrow it is not so busy and it’s a real advantage!
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