|Stephen Metcalfe MP with Stansted Airport MD, Nick Barton|
Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, visited Stansted Airport last Friday to discuss its future and to keep up to date with developments at the airport.
Stansted is the fourth biggest airport in the UK and provides a major catalyst for growth and productivity in the region. The airport employs over 10,000 people and is the biggest single site employer in the East of England, contributing to £400 million in wages and salaries alone.
Nick Barton, Managing Director, Stansted Airport said: "I was delighted to show Stephen the first rate facilities at Stansted and hope that he leaves us today better informed about the airport and our plans for the future.”
"With approval to serve 35 million passengers a year, Stansted has a key role to play in the future airport capacity of London and the South East."
Mr Metcalfe commented: “As I am on record opposing the proposed Estuary Airport, we need to find a sustainable way of increasing capacity and I am sure that Stansted will play its part.”
“Stansted is vital to the commercial landscape of Essex and it is therefore extremely important that I keep up to date with any developments.”
“I look forward to seeing how the airport will develop and no doubt I will be visiting again soon to check that the airport continues to optimally serve my constituents.”