In the next five years London Stansted is aiming to secure direct services to at least 25 new long-haul destinations around the world, with a strong focus on the Far East, India, North America and the Middle East.
The airport is targeting the destinations that its analysis shows are already in high demand by passengers across its catchment area but it does not currently serve, including Hong Kong, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Montreal, Chicago, Miami, Guangzhou, Singapore, Delhi, Beijing, Bangkok, Mumbai, Johannesburg, Seoul, Shanghai, Kuwait, Manila, Vancouver, Columbo.
This week the Airport’s aviation team is heading to Guangzhou in China for the annual World Routes Conference – the largest global gathering of airlines and airports. Whilst in China the team is set to showcase London Stansted’s transformational £600 million redevelopment project to airlines from around the world and discuss network and growth opportunities that are available from the airport.
The team is seeking to build on recent successes including the launch earlier this summer of Emirates daily direct service between Stansted and Dubai, which has already enjoyed very strong ticket sales with many passengers connecting to Emirates’ global network of over 150 destinations via its Dubai hub.
As the London area’s fastest growing airport and with ambitious plans to maximise the potential of existing runway capacity, Stansted is well placed to meet rising demand from airlines across the world eager to gain access or grow within the London aviation market.
In addition, Stansted already provides the most direct connections to Europe of any UK airport, and this network is set to grow further as the airport works with existing and new carriers to provide even more choice.