Stansted Airport Completes £12m Facelift

LONDON – Stansted Airport welcomed its first major revamp in many years. The airport proudly shows off its £12 million major refurbishment of its international departure lounge that has been completed during the peak travel season.

This major revamp is set to allow the airport to become much more competitive competing against other gateways such as Gatwick, London South End, Luton and London City Airport. 

The £12 million investment has been geared towards sales and retail space as the investment itself came directly from retailers. This is abid to woo travellers and also to enhance their travelling experiences before they jet off for their flight.

The investment is set to be worthwhile as the airport welcomed more than 5 (five) million passengers during the summer season (July and August). 

With the new investment now completed, travellers will be able to indulge in new dining and shopping options, this includes Comptoir Libanais, Terracotta Italian Kitchen, The Perch, Sunnyside Café, Bottega Bar and Caffè and Caffè Nero.

Stores that have been revamped include: New Lego, Tommy Hilfiger, Superdry, Discover Gourmet and WHSmith stores have opened their doors, while a second World Duty-Free shop has doubled in capacity. This allows passengers departing the UK to indulge in tax-free shopping. 

The infamous drug store, WHSmith has opened its new store. The new shop features an impressive and futuristic digital facade, which provides a selection of books, food, and drink, as well as InMotion “shop within a shop”, which is equipped with the latest technology and electrical accessories.

The upgrade will heavily influence the public’s opinion of the airport, and will certainly allow the airport to become much more competitive.

This will certainly benefit guests as this upgrade not only boosts the choice of bars, restaurants and retail outlets on offer but also provides additional seating capacity for travellers in the central area of the lounge.


Stephen Martin, London Stansted’s Retail Director, said:  “We are delighted to have teamed up with our retail partners to bring these amazing concepts to the airport. It is an exciting time for London Stansted and the new outlets significantly enhance the departure lounge experience.”

“The £12 million investment has enabled us to deliver a range of food, beverage and retail outlets tailored to our passengers’ needs, which will undoubtedly improve their journey through the airport.”

“With a wide variety of menu options, each food and beverage outlet cater to suit all budgets and tastes in the unique airport setting.”

“The look of surprise and excitement on customers’ faces as they approach the new venues is reassuring that we have created such a positive experience.”

“It’s great to see so many passengers back at London Stansted, and although we’re going to be very busy over the peak summer months, passengers can look forward to a range of new bars, restaurants and retail outlets and a better overall experience in the departure lounge.”

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