The first phase of the new terminal extension at Stansted Airport was opened this week, a development that was described as "an important statement" of BAA’s confidence in the airport’s future growth.
Unveiled on July 1st, the extension is part of a £50 million investment in new passenger facilities at Stansted.
It provides a number of new features designed to improve the airport experience, including nearly 6,000 square metres of additional space for arriving passengers, a sixth baggage reclaim belt and extra desk space for immigration control.
Further phases will be opened in December 2008, which will include new shops, more comfortable waiting areas for people picking up passengers and new transport facilities.
Nick Barton, strategy director at Stansted Airport, said: "At peak times we can expect over 3,300 arriving passengers an hour through the terminal, so this new extension is all about us continuing to provide the best possible facilities for passengers.
"This means meeting the travel demands of today as well as planning ahead for passenger growth in the future which is forecast to see numbers rise to 35 million a year by 2015."
The terminal extension also includes a new biomass heating boiler, one of the largest in commercial use in the UK, which makes it entirely carbon-neutral.