New aircraft stands enable the first step in capacity growth at London Stansted Airport

Four new aircraft parking stands have recently become operational, marking the completion of the first phase of airfield works as part of London Stansted Airport’s £600 million transformation programme.


VolkerFitzpatrick was the principal contractor on the project, which delivered the echo stand extension, spanning 40,000m² and boosting the airport’s ability to handle more aircraft during peak hours, making airfield operations more efficient.

Phase two of the project is already underway and includes new taxiways, additional aircraft holding areas and a further 20 new aircraft stands.

Paul Willis, programme delivery director, Stansted Transformation Project, said: “This is the first step in an extensive programme of works to our airfield at London Stansted, which includes new taxiways, additional aircraft holding areas as well as the new aircraft stands. It is always a challenge undertaking large scale construction programmes in a 24/7 live environment, however, our principal contractor VolkerFitzpatrick and our team here at Stansted have provided an excellent standard of build and project management.”

Chris Evans, managing director of VolkerFitzpatrick’s Civils division, said: “We are delighted to be part of London Stansted’s transformational journey and continue to successfully deliver challenging airside projects, as part of our core business. This project, like many of ours, has been delivered on time and to budget; and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Stansted – providing our usual high level of service and satisfaction and helping to enable the airport’s potential.” 

The Stansted Transformation Programme is one of the largest airport projects currently underway in the UK. The plans include a new arrivals terminal and the reconfiguration of the existing terminal into a departures only facility.  It also features a revamped retail and restaurant offer, as well as new car parks and airfield infrastructure.