"Guide to the Low-cost airline heaven" Top 5 Page for this destination Stansted by sourbugger

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The low cost heaven

First an apology, there are several Stansted's in England and I hope that this particular one was meant to refer to the village in Essex that became the site of what may well end up as the largest airport in England.

I can remember it's quite humble origins in the late 1980's when it consisted if a few huts from the ex-air base (not unlike Hahn airport nerar Frankfurt). It only dealt with about 300,000 people a year.

With the building of the stunning terminal (i'll write more about it later) it was completely transformed. It only however really took off when the low-cost airlines led by Ryanair began to use the airport. Now, like the other London airport it's bursting at the seems.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Light and airy - a real sense of space
  • Cons:Slow baggage reclaim
  • In a nutshell:better than a slap across the face with a cold fish
  • Last visit to Stansted: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • PavlH's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2007 at 2:44 AM

    But I like being slapped across the face with a cold fish... Used Stansted Airport shed in 1989 and then the terminal a fair few years later - it really was a stunning improvement

  • SabrinaSummerville's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2007 at 9:30 AM

    In Camden shopping tips, is "Egytomania" a typo? Or what we Irish would call "Eejitomania"? Good tips:-))

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2006 at 11:45 AM

    Very good information. Thanks a lot.

  • allikat's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2006 at 1:29 PM

    Great page Neil - I have an Uncle Ash whose local is The Ash in Takeley. Bet you didn't know that!

  • Airpunk's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2006 at 8:36 AM

    Great tips about a great airport. They will be of use in April when I will have a lot of time to kill between two flights. Thanks also for posting the Ryanair poem - it made also a humourless German like me smile.

  • RhineRoll's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2006 at 12:28 AM

    Didn't realise it was the famous "Sourbugger" I was talking to, otherwise I would have laudated your pages... Stansted really is a "no frills" airport, especially the terminal building. But Weeze.... bah, it took me 2 hours to drive home from there!!!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2005 at 5:54 AM

    hey mate. very useful page about stansted. i'll be walking fron the center of london to the airport next week, so it's great with some good info.

  • sue_stone's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2004 at 9:32 AM

    Haven't flown out of Stansted yet, but now feel like I am fully prepared!!

  • nhcram's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2004 at 5:30 AM

    Thanks for this tip!!! We are staying here in December before flying to Austria fro Xmas I can't wait x x

  • Nov 3, 2004 at 1:01 AM

    hahahahhaha (new tip)


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