The owner of Stansted airport, Manchester Airports Group (MAG), has submitted its expansion plans to Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission.
The plans include a GBP10 million four runway hub.
The work could mean that capacity at the Essex airport would rise from 17.5 million to 160 million with the development of an additional runway to either the north-west or east of the current one.
The BBC quoted Charlie Cornish MAG’s chief executive saying that: “Stansted is uniquely placed to meet the UK’s aviation capacity needs now and over the next 15 years.
“Almost overnight Stansted could double the number of flights it handles without any need for significant investment in new infrastructure.
“Looking to the long-term, the interests of passengers wil be best served by a pragmatic appraoch, focused on delivering new capacity that is cost-effective and flexible, and capable of driving competition across the aviation industry.
“Developing new capacity at a number of airports is likely to be best for passengers.”
The Airports Commission has now received submissions from Gatwick, Heathrow, Birmingham and London Mayor Boris Johnson. A shortlist will be produced at the end of the year and a final recommendation made in two years’ time.