Home   Business   Article

Labour's transport team quiz Stansted Airport bosses



More news, no ads

LEARN MORE


Brad Miller, London Stansted Chief Operating Officer
Brad Miller, London Stansted Chief Operating Officer

Shadow Transport Secretary, Andy McDonald, and Shadow Aviation Minister, Karl Turner visited Stansted Airport to how bosses are planning to improve the UK's global connectivity over the next decade.

Shadow Transport Secretary, Andy McDonald MP (second from right), and Shadow Aviation Minister, Karl Turner MP (right) at the NATS control tower during a visit to London Stansted Airport
Shadow Transport Secretary, Andy McDonald MP (second from right), and Shadow Aviation Minister, Karl Turner MP (right) at the NATS control tower during a visit to London Stansted Airport

The Labour transport team were briefed on the case for cutting journey times and improving reliability on rail services between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport to help unlock the airport’s spare capacity.

They were also shown Stansted’s new employment plans through its MAG Connect initiative, designed to support the airport’s growth and create job opportunities in areas where there is higher unemployment. As part of this work Stansted runs job fairs on-airport, in Harlow and attends dozens of local job fairs in addition to launching a permanent presence in Tottenham Job Centre Plus.

Brad Miller, Stansted’s chief operating officer, speaking after the visit, said: “We were delighted the Shadow Transport team was able to join us at Stansted and discuss our plans for growing passenger numbers, our £600m investment programme to transform the airport and our ambitions for a more reliable and faster rail service.

“Stansted can make a huge contribution to improving the UK’s connectivity with the rest of the world over the next decade, this will be vital as the country prepares to leave the EU and at a time when airport capacity is at a premium.”

Mr McDonald said: “Following the decision to leave the EU, supporting UK aviation has become more, not less critical if the UK is to remain a global, outward-looking trading nation. Improving surface access to and utilising capacity of airports like Stansted is an important part of delivering an aviation strategy that will support our economy.”

Mr Turner added: “The national conversation on aviation centres on the issue of building a third runway at Heathrow but we face capacity challenges here and now. More needs to be done to support connectivity into and out of our other international gateway airports across the UK to unlock existing unused capacity, and develop the huge potential they have.”



This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More