This is probably the higher rated airport to fly into when going to London. I only spent a few hours here twice so I can't say much and I can't remember much because I flew in and out of about 5-6 different airports in the last 3 weeks so its hard to keep track of them all but I remember some of this one because it was smaller than I imagined but at the same time very bright and open, organized layout and clean. The buses were outside the entrance which was convenient. The customs/passport check or whatever it was, was super slow though its tends to be in most place....it was pretty cool seeing the british navy/army Idk which one it was all fly in and get their luggage all together (didnt get a pick out of respect). Oh, and they didnt lose my luggage and prevented it from being wet in the rain. And they got me here and out of here on time when I flew in and out. I can't say about food because I never got to eat here.
Oh, and I was pretty shocked because I thought gun were illegal in the UK that two cops or some type of authority (actually 2 of them) were holding what looked like either semi automatic or automatic rifles around the airport laughing.....can you say awkward.
in all this gibberish, they did what I needed of them and thats all I need of an airport. For that 5 stars.
I personally feel, that Stansted Aiport is one of the better airports in London, both in facilities while waiting for your flight and easy of getting there (it's a direct train or bus service).
If everything was equal I would choose this airport over all London airports, apart from London City Airport (which has always been my favourite).
It's much nicer than it used to be- i say that but the last time I went was at like stupid o clock in the morning as opposed to afternoon, so I could be wrong.
But gosh, I hate ryanair check in area, its like being in a livestock pen, but at least the ryanair staff are cheerful- or the lady who I met was- she was genuinely excited, but that might be because john newman was before us in the queue. So swings and roundabouts.
Once you pass duty free- it's actually got a bit more upmarket- they have american apparel, victoria secret and rituals- bye holiday money- before I've even left! LOL
On the way back- it was chaotic- the electronic passport check in was more hassle than effiicient, and once you get to baggage reclaim- screens aren't immediately visible- perhaps, DO that?
On the plus side- at least they didn't lose the luggage like heathrow :D
I have a love-hate relationship with Stansted . Actually, let me rephrase that. I have a don't mind-hate relationship with it. I'm sort of a frequent flyer, I suppose, and Stansted is never the pleasant part of my journey. This morning I arrived at the airport around 5 am and the place was completely packed. I don't know if it's the effect this place has on people but everyone seems to turn into a sloth with zero sense of direction as soon as they enter the building. You'll have to queue everywhere, including open spaces, there's a shortage of seats and people will bump into you. A lot.
True, there's some decent shops, like American Apparel, but it's not enough to make this place nice. Ladies, there's also a Victoria's Secret shop but it only sells bags and perfume, so it's kind of useless.
I also did some shopping at the large tax free shop this morning and really didn't have the best customer service experience. I totally understand that no one wants to be awake at 5am, let alone at Stansted, but it doesn't hurt to be polite. I've bought things from that shop before and it was fine, so it's only the YSL make up section that I have a problem with. You'll either get ignored so that a customer assistant can have a chat with someone or you'll have a grumpy impolite man to deal with.
As far as I understand, Stansted is currently being expanded/redecorated (hence the awkward departures bit), so I hope that means they're en route to bigger and better things. But for now, it will have to be a generous rating of two stars.
I arrived last night around 11.30 from Germany to Stansted .
The airport is modern and pretty, but immigration!!! Are you kidding me?
No smile, no hello, 2 officers standing behind the desk with huge machine guns in their hands?
I thought a war broke out during my 1 hour flight! Unreal!
I travel for living a lot in the states and canada and everybody always complains about the attitude there but this one beats everything.
I ve been in Asia , Africa and a lot around but I never was treated like that.
My husband is American and he got into the immigration line for non EU citizens it took forever and he told me the agents were rude and unfriendly especially with people that didn't speak a lot of English and had problems with their landing card!
Work on that attitude , guys for real!
Small airport who needs to be updated to the current passenger traffic flow. In fact during peak hours if not always, it becomes packed. This means long queue everywhere: toilets, shops, corridors, halls, check-in desks, security gates.
Talking about Security staff, I found them very bossing. It doesn't need to be rude nor show your authoritative power to keep a place safe. Learn from Dublin airport so far the best!
Small airport located 40 miles North of London city centre. To my opinion it is a good gateway to Londen when flying a budget airliner such as Ryanair. Facilities here are low, but there is a good connection to and from Londen by public transport.
We had no problems getting through security and the first 60 minutes of WiFi are free of charge (per device). Yes, I will come here again...
This was my go-to airport when I lived in London.
It's like one giant warehouse. Easy to get through, no frills, middle of nowhere.
Took the bus back to London as the train is too pricey.
A lot of 'budget' airlines fly in and out of here (ahem, Ryanair).
As far as airports go, Stansted is pretty okay. I always allow myself an hour for check-in and another hour for security any time I fly out of London. Parking in long-stay is easy and you don't have to wait around for hours for the shuttle. Reasonably priced, too. We paid about £35 for 4 days.
Checking in with Ryanair is always a nightmare, but if you get there early, it's not too bad. Security is hit or miss. Sometimes you get through quicker - but here's the thing, it's not the airport's fault. 90% of the problems with security and check-in are the other passengers. People not preparing their bags right, not putting liquids in the right sized bags, people wearing the wrong clothes for the scanner... I could go on. Delays are usually down to your fellow travellers and not the staff. Don't take it out on them if things are moving slowly, please.
My most recent visit, I got through check in in about 30 minutes (delayed by a couple whose bags were too heavy and had to open them up to move things around) and security only took about 15-20. The staff asked the woman whose liquids were wrong and was taking too long to step out of the queue to deal with it. I loved that staff member. Then we were through to the main terminal, where we had an hour to kill before our gate opened. We got coffee and breakfast at Joe's Coffee House just next to the hallway to the bathrooms. Good coffee, decent breakfast sandwiches, not horribly expensive (£12 all told, on par with a SoHo cafe). Not much choice for food, though. They could do better there. I did get a good deal on a paperback bestseller at the WHS for in-flight reading material - 50% off.
I recommend always giving yourself 2 hours to get through check-in and security and another 45 minutes for long stay parking+shuttle time. And obviously, make sure you weigh your bags AHEAD of time and bag your liquids properly. Everyone else in the queue will appreciate it. Bonus tips: slip-on shoes, no belt, get your laptop out and ready before getting to the conveyor belt, and no heavy metal jewellery or pockets full of coins. It's common sense, but so many people don't do it.
My heart generally sinks when I realise that I'm going to have to fly to or from Stansted. As a west Londoner, its far-flung north-east location seems to take an age to get to, whether by bus or by the now ludicrously expensive Stansted Express. When I finally arrive there are inevitably horrendous queues for the check-in desks, caused by hordes of travellers on budget airlines. Clearing security is a real pain, with toiletries falling under 100ml limit having to be carried in transparent bags costing £1 for 4. When you're finally past security, you're greeted with a few foodie places and the usuals (Pret, Boots), but unless you're flush with time, are well-advised to start the hefty trek to the departure gates.
So it's not my favourite place in the world. I'd give it 2 stars where it not for the thought that much of this isn't really Stansted's 'fault'. Rather, it (the queuing at least) is due to the insane popularity of the airlines who fly from here and their general inability to organise a passenger processing system in an airport. So I'm giving it three stars, all while often being happy to pay extra to avoid it.
My homeward bound flight from London was leaving from Stansted Airport which I would happy about. I like Stansted, it's probably the airport I've flown to or from the most in London. It's efficient to get to from central London, with the Stansted Express running from Tottenham Hale and Liverpool Street. I've found the staff were pleasant and efficient, with queues being whittled down quickly.
The one thing I dislike about Stansted is it's distinct lack of decent food establishments in the Departure Lounge. There's a Frankie & Benny's, a Wetherspoons and a small selection of other small eating joints. It would be nice to have options like you do in Gatwick or Heathrow.
Aside from that, the airport is probably one of my favourites to use. Efficient, helpful and gets me where I need to be!
security at stansted airport is horrible - there is no order, and nobody controlling the mobs either. apparently you can pay £5 to skip the queue. HaHA. RUDE. they also charge you £1 for the little bags you need for your toiletries. also RUDE.
i think i waited around an hour to clear security on a friday evening, so as long as you leave yourself enough time, even when it's super busy you should be okay. i'm not a queuer though, i don't think i was born with patience, so this was not fun for me!
once through security, it's not a great airport to spend lots of time in. it's okay, but doesn't have the widest choice of eating, drinking or shopping. i'm a gatwick girl, i think i will stick to flying out of there as much as possible in future!
My preferred airport out of London especially from where I live. Its easily accessible by public transport ie train and coach. Plenty of flights to other countries in Europe and no long line going through the security.
Descent shop available for necessity. There are restaurants and cafes around which were good enough to grab some snack before flying out. Dont expect gourmet or excellent shops after all its an airport not a food hall. If you must Duty-free shopping is better here than other airport as there are less people and chaos to deal with.
The terminals are easily reachable by taking the trams that comes around the main gate very often. However I wish they offer a free Wifi here to the public. Overall, this airport is clean, less crowded and less stressful than other airport out of London(except of course to the city airport).
I don't like Stansted much, but it's one of the more convenient airports for me as I live near Liverpool Street.
Pros - it never feels stuffy in there and there's a decent selection of shops and restaurants to whittle away the hours waiting for your flight.
Cons - Ryanair fly from there, and Ryanair passengers tend to be loud and lairy. Also the long term car park which is the only reasonably priced car park is a 15 minute bus ride away. Factor that into your check-in if that's how you arrive. The train service is also quite pricey considering it's only a few minutes faster than the bus.
Gatwick and Heathrow are much better propositions than Stansted but I'd rather fly from here than from Luton.
Maybe it was a total fluke, but this has been the easiest airport experience I think I've ever had.
Easy, quick train service from Liverpool that'll cost you about £20 and takes about 40 minutes. Then, a ton of queues for Ryan Air, and while the line moves a bit slow, it's still a pretty efficient system. Security is the same way, with the only hold up being all of the families traveling with young kids that take forever.
Once beyond the security gates, it is a duty free heaven. Seriously, beyond the usual Toblerone and perfume, upscale fashion spots like Reiss and Ted Baker encourage you to blow your entire vacation budget in one fail swoop. But at least it's tax free? It's set up kind of like a train station, where there is just one main lobby for everyone and you don't know your gate till you're about to take off, which means better people watching. And since that's my all time favorite thing about airports, I'm kind of a little bit in love with this spot.
If you're afraid of Zombies, do NOT take your British friend's advice and plan to spend the night sleeping at the Ryan Air terminal at Stansted.
I arrived at around 11:30/12:00 at night and the floors were PACKED with people sleeping everywhere. It was like a cross between a refugee camp and... you know what... refugee camp works on its own.
I met my friend who I hadn't seen in a while, and after catching up until three in the morning or so, we decided to stake our claim on an uninhabited piece of floor real estate. (Which was actually somewhat hard to find)
By the time we settled on our cold, hard, floor the lights started coming back on, and the counter staff began arriving.
I guess that's what I get for trying to sleep right next to the counter. Not that I would have been able to sleep anyways - between the hard floor and the fear of the living dead rising from all the people sleeping/corpses.
Sure this airport is out of the way, but that's probably for the best - because if there WAS a zombie outbreak, it would spread through this place at night in seconds.
Imagine your plane from Florence arriving at Stansted airport around midnight on the Monday evening at the end of the Easter bank holiday weekend. Imagine waiting on the plane 30 minutes to be allowed to disembark because of "technical problems" at the airport. Then imagine arriving at customs to see a queue out the door. Imagine noticing that there are 2 (TWO!) employees checking passports in the non-EU/UK queue. Imagine standing in that queue for 70 minutes at 1am.
It was, essentially, airport HELL.
Stansted, I hate you for being a RyanAir hub, and thus tantalizing me with your cheap flights to escape London, and then making it so MISERABLE to get back into the country at the end of a lovely holiday away.
If we remove the pain in the ass that is Ryan Air from the equation, this is one of my better airport experiences.
First, there is a reasonably priced coach that took us back and forth from the airport to Victoria station.
I also enjoyed the range of shopping and dining options. You can get gorgeous shoes (or at least take note of them and buy later since Ryan Air will charge you a zillion euro if you pack too much stuff), grab some Starbucks and a bite from the little noodle place if you have time. I also greatly appreciated the private nursing and changing rooms. It's so helpful to have a quiet place to bring your child when travel stress gets to be burdensome. Also, I don't want an audience if I need to feed my baby if I don't have to have one. So yay.
Innnnnn conclusion.......I experienced a totally A-Okay 3 hours at the airport where nice workers gave me a free upgrade on my coffee, didn't make me leave when I loitered in front of their handbag store while my child happily banged on the window display, and a funny Asian man taught my daughter "the first step of being cool" (high fiving and fist bumping) while we waited for Ryan Air to get around to herding us on the plane.
Second only to London city and London Southend as comparatively friendly airport.
Wow, why didn't anyone tell me how incredible Stansted Airport is?
Let's get this out of the way: One star off for being in the lost abyss of the north's northernmost nether-regions.
Other than that, it's absolutely fantastic. It's a small one terminal airport with loads of modern amenities - think SNA meets Westfield. Plus, it's the first airport I've ever been in with well thought out bathrooms. You don't have to touch anything and the stalls are not only big enough for yourself and your luggage, but you could easily do a few pirouettes if you were so inclined. Bookstores, Duty Free, Pret, pubs, bars, shopping, shopping, shopping. And when that's done, none of this terminal-transfer nonsense since your gate is literally around the corner.
Stansted Airport gets a big YES from me. And a few potty pirouettes for good measure.
If I could fly from one airport and only one airport I'd choose Stansted. Sure terminal 5 at Heathrow is very nice but unless you're flying BA you're not flying from it.
Stansted is easy to get to from East London, you can even get the train from Hackney downs with a quick and easy change at Tottenham Hale. The crowds are manageable and we usually sail through to the checkout gates with no issues.
It would be nice if they introduced IRIS here as I rarely check in luggage to avoid the long waits at the conveyer belts on the return journey.
I mainly fly from here with budget airlines, of which Ryanair are by far the worst in terms of treating their customers like shit.
It's clean, modern, spacious and has a nice selection of shops to occupy your time when you've cleared security. It is the least stressful airport for me and loses only one star for the fact that they don't serve all the places I want to travel to.
I was going to review/slate this oft disliked airport some weeks ago but I decided to be fair and hold off as we were down to use Stansted for flying to Slovenia for rugby tour.
I was strangely..... very impressed!
Easy, albeit lengthy, taxi ride for 8 of us from Clapham to Stansted. £10. Done.
Wandering through the airport dressed in a white Elvis jumpsuit and attracting friendly banter from staff and police alike? Done.
Being allowed to perform a very loud and obnoxious talent competition right by the shops and bars and not being bothered by the authoritah? Done.
Smooth easyjet check in? Done. Done quickly.
No hassle from security staff who got involved with the jokes and banter? Done.
More bars near the gates for more drinking? Done.
On time departure? Done.
My opinion on Stansted has improved significantly!
Stansted... Funsted with a beersted and meeting random peoplested.
My friends and I have flown out of Stansted many times. Since budget airlines are extra budgety on their early morning flights (5-6-7am) we always ended up getting here around 11pm or midnight the night before and spent the night at the airport.
The first time we did this, we realized we weren't the only geniuses; the terminal was chock-full of other people who had rucked up with food and bev fit for a picnic. The best part was that everyone was friendly and shared a "the more, the merrier" attitude.
We never had problems with delays, but they are incredibly strict with security -- particularly, the baggage requirements; if it's a millimeter too big, you're checking it. "Budget" airline.. keep it in mind.
Bottom line, bring a pack of cards and some drinks, and make a few friends before your holiday!
I often ended up at Stansted Airport when I used Ryanair.com - talk about a cheap flight! I flew from London back to Rome for like, 1 Euro penny... anyway, I believe I got there via train, which took less than an hour to travel.
So after sleeping overnight (on newspapers) in this airport a couple times, I think it's safe for me to say that it's clean enough, safe enough, and small enough to feel like you won't get fleas, mugged in your sleep, or lost.
Don't expect a large shopping center here, though. This airport is mostly an airport. As far as I remember, the staff was never rude. Mind you - it's hard to sleep here - the seats are always taken up and the ground is hard tile...
I would have to say this is one of my preferred airports out of London. Tho not many flights outside of Europe use this if any at all, I like this cause of the easy access out of London. Better and cheaper than getting to Gatwick,
I always take a bus to get there rather than getting to Liverpool street. You can catch the bus in the centre of town, or you can catch it from Stratford which was easier for me. It took 30 minutes to get there by bus. Easy peasy! No problems!
In early 2009 I happened to be in London visiting a friend. As it turns out my friend worked for Air Asia and they had a special event planned. All of this was happening at Stansted Airport. Air Asia was celebrating their first long haul flight from KL to London, on a $99 budget flight.
For the festivities, the CEO of Air Asia was there, along with Prince Andrew the duke of York. He was apparently representing the British transportation authority, welcoming this new flight to Stansted Airport. Of course the world famous airline stewardesses were also there flirting, and generally looking pretty. Much sexier than the Singapore girls, if you ask me!
All in all a fun time, though be warned, Standsted is a long way out, which is why I guess the flights are so cheap. At 99 GBP, you'll pay another 30-40 just to get a bus - you read that right, not a taxi or train but a bus - to center city!!
I fly from Stansted Airport about 4 times a year as It's the closest airport to me and it's the only airport in London where I can get a flight directly to where my parents live in Ireland, well not directly to their house although that would be cool but to the nearest airport to them which is Kerry.
I like stansted because it's such a big airport and I love big spaces. They have a great duty free section which I always try and spend a fair amount of time checking out. Spraying various scents on myself so by the time I get to my parents i end up smelling like a whores handbag.
They have a sign stating that it takes 10 minutes to walk from the main terminal to the departure gates which I find good as I hate waiting at the departure gates or too long.
I'm fairly ambivalent to this airport but I have to say it does what it needs to...ie gets me on a plane and off to a new land.
Things I like about Stansted:
+ Easily accessible via train (Stansted Express runs quite early morning/late night - £22 one way/ £30 return) from Liverpool Street
+ Efficient security lines and process
+ Remarkably clean especially for an aiport
Things that annoy me:
- Lack of decent food options
- Tendency to utilise the gates at the furthest end of the airport
- Most gates require you to walk outside and climb stairs to board the plane
- No free WiFi
That's really about it. Possibly my shortest review ever.
Stansted Airport is known as a London Airport. Strictly speaking, I'm not totally sure it's in London. But then again, 'I'm not totally sure' isn't exactly strict speaking.
This airport is pretty small (at least compared to bigger ones, but is actually bigger than far smaller ones) but it packs a lot into it. If you're waiting for someone to arrive you have a Costa, a Ponti's, a Smoothie Place, Two WHsmiths, a record shop, a betting shop (jeez, it's better than a shopping centre) and a whole lot of other places.
If you're departing; it has a Starbucks, a Franky & Benny's, a cheap pub - it even has airplanes. My experience leaving their has always been wonderful. My returning has always been less though, although mainly because of the realisation that I won't be laying on a beach, or if I will I'll be getting frostbite.
They run shuttle buses through two different companies here which means that you can get back into London pretty quickly, and they also have a train too which isn't too expensive (from what I can remember).
The best thing about Stansted is how it's open twenty four hours, and is probably my most fun place to go to at 4am for a tea. Although, it's a slightly retarded thing to do when you realise that tea will actually cost you £24 due to parking.
An absolute disgrace re parking, security, signage and restaurant selection. Arrived at the airport @ 7.30am.
I prepaid and the plate recognition system printed out my license plate entirely different on the ticket. Therefore entry/exit was a nightmare. There's multiple car parks for short stay but they aren't labelled clearly at all. I initially pulled up to the meet and greet. There was no signage stating this and I only found out once an operator answered at the entry barrier intercom, to inform me of this.
A joke. Slow and rude. A lot of attitude. Everyone was making fun of them with me, it was quite funny to be honest. All obese and slow.
Every person in front and behind me had to have their baggage rescanned. With regards to doing this their obese staff moved like snails.
I put my liquids (under 100ml, hand sanitiser and a salt deodorant spray) aside on the tray.
I had 2 trays in total both had to be rescanned. I was told that my liquids should have been in a plastic bag and this was the cause?! A total joke!!!! Absolutely pathetic. What difference does a small zip lock make and why wasn't I told this initially by the fatso security operator handing over the trays? As previously mentioned, I literally just left my hand sanitiser and small salt deodorant spray aside on the tray. It makes no difference! I've done this for years all over the world and never encountered such a huge production!
I went through the metal scanner. It went off.. Ok... They pat me down and scanned me with a handheld metal detector. Nothing. Went through again. IT DIDNT GO OFF!!!!!! Nothing had changed on my person! RIDICULOUS.
Once leaving security after 45+ minutes I had to run to my gate (they were boarding) and the flight board stated the gate was closed but it actually wasn't (thanks to a colleague ahead informing me of this error, phoning me).
I could have missed my flight due to the horrific and inefficient security check. Then the misinformation on the flight board.
Appalling selection. Grubby crap. The only half decent option is a pret a manger. They need to open a giraffe cafe or eat. Something with some nutrition other than Burger King?!! No wonder the security staff are so overweight!
I actually really liked this airport. It was a little out of the way in order to get onto my ryanair flight, but I found cheap bus tickets to get there, thanks to early booking and being able to select a reasonable cheap time with easyBus.
The airport itself was very nicely kept. It was kind of annoying how they announce what gate you need to go to only 30-40 minutes before it departs, but they have comfortable chairs, and Pret a Manger and Boots are there to buy some cheap sandwiches for a light meal, while Duty Free Shops are there to help you get rid of your last few pounds before officially leaving the UK.
I'm deducting 1 star for the fact that the room for ryanair queues was extremely crowded, but at least it was only like that for about 10 minutes before boarding, as their service is pretty fast. Overall I had a good experience there.
This airport has some obvious disadvantages, mainly being so far from London (it takes more than 1 hour to Victoria, with the bus), and not being very attractive and interesting in terms of shopping/spending time there.
But the fact that it's home to so many Ryanair flights makes it almost always the cheapest option when I have to fly back to Spain. I have even spent the night here and it's like a kind of youth hostel in the floor, with literally more than one hundred people sleeping in the same place, one random Thursday. There are 24h. Costa and Starbucks, Boots and Pret that open around 4.30... And it's very new, you can see that for example in the toilets.
If I can fly to Heathrow and avoid Stansted I usually do it, but it's not a bad airport to save money.
One of the better airports serving London. Good bars and restaurants and the high ceiling gives the airy space feel.
One tip, the parking is so expensive so use National Express Coaches to get you there.
Not too bad. Lots of people and I noticed right away the employees were directing traffic to shorter lines. They opened up another scanning line so that really helped. Wish I could travel with this place more often.
Like Leon stated this Airport is out of the way. It was a 20 pound taxi service ride from Shoreditch - I had an early 8 am Flight to Italy and I did not want to take a chance on Tube as it was Sunday.
I had already bothered Yelper Matt enough with directions on the Tube for 4 days.
But once you arrive , you discover the charm of a small well run airport.
The staff and direction signs are great and easy to follow.
Once you get passed security check out - the waiting area is as nice , maybe nicer than any mall that a girl friend has dragged me to - but with better food and a chance to win a Porche or Audi . .. trust me
The flights there are really cheap to Italy and other places so it is worth the trip if you have the time and from what I have heard less frustrating than Heathrow
Plus you can take the Stansted Express train into London ....
Well, it takes some time to get here from Central London and the train to get there is expensive!! But at least the airport is not super crowded like Gatwick or Heathrow. They serve a good amount of destinations, especially European, and also have some amenities beyond security.
I try to avoid this airport as it takes 45 on the train to get there and ticket are very expensive, but if you can't avoid it, I would say it's alright. Just make sure to check the train/bus times when youa arrive late. On my flight in I ran across the airport to make the last train back to Liverpool Station.
Cheap flight in, cheap flight out.
No one would know this airport existed if it weren't for airlines like Easyjet and Ryanair but since they are dirt cheap I've used this airport a bunch recently to fly into and out of the Greater London area.
Convenient to get to with potentially inexpensive coaches from Finchley Road Station ( near where some of my family lives ), I just wish this airport was just a tad bit closer to town as it does take over an hour to get to.
Check out the tuna and sweet corn sandwiches at the Boots for a quick and very inexpensive bite to eat and, don't worry, you can bring them through security with you.
My only complaint is when I arrived from Denmark and had to stand almost an hour in the non-EU passport control line ... I think you need to bring some of the EU passport agents over to help with the queue instead of putting them on break when the "locals" are done being checked.
When the new terminal opened in 1991, Sir Norman Foster's intention was to provide a roof that 'floated' above the passengers, with no ugly pipes or ducting, and which provided a spacious and clear view from the departure hall right through to the aircraft, all on the level.
Alas. The building is still impressive, but ruined now by the BAA's desire to milk every inch of its airports for commercial use, and the doubling of passengers using the airport. The former has transformed Foster's clear space into a crowded obstacle course of tacky chain shops, and the latter has resulted in long queues (sometimes very long). There are now three bording piers, two accessed by a people-mover, which are less crowded. On a recent arrival, it took over 15 minutes just to get through passport control. Plenty of shops, though.
The other downside to Standsted is its distance from London: the dedicated train service drops you at Liverpool Street station in the City, rather than the West End, although by changing at Tottenham Hale you can access the Victoria underground line. But either way, it takes an hour or more (though fine if you live in the East End or Essex). Getting to Heathrow or Gatwick (or even Luton) from central London feels that much easier, somehow. (Nice scenery on the journey there, though).
Inconviently located, poorly set out, crappy outlets.
i understand why you locate an airport miles away from everywhere, but you need decent, cheap transport to get there.
I feel that its stuck between big a big airport and small one, and thus doesnt successed at both. Gatwick and heathrow realise that are big airports and thus have lots of stores and things to do while you wait for you flight. while airports like luton and london city, are small and work on effiecency. stansted, sucks on both these thingsthere is nothing to do, and lines are always long.
It's alright, isn't it?
It feels a bit like a flat pack airport - like BAA ordered a 'medium large Ayrpoort' and knocked it up in 3 hours with a screwdriver and the heel of your chunkiest boots for a makeshift hammer.
I have no idea what Stansted Express GiovanniCosta got that only took 5 minutes. Mine took at least 49, and cost almost as much as my flights. My point is that this is not a convenient airport for London but is probably as convenient as Heathrow.
Queues were fine, staff were grumpy.
On the way back it was the first time that the passport control guy did a double take with my passport (I have blonde hair now, it is brunette in the picture).
Stansted is Ryanair's boss airport and nearly all of their destinations are available to fly to from here.
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