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Union backs plans for 'crucial' Stansted Airport expansion

Union Unite says it's crucial that Stansted is allowed to grow. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Workers union Unite has backed plans for a major expansion of Stansted Airport.

The airport wants to increase annual passenger numbers from 35 million to 43 million. Planners are due to discuss the proposals next week.

Unite, which represents more than 2,000 airport workers, says it's crucial that Stansted is allowed to grow.

“The continued growth and success of London Stansted is important to Unite, not just in meeting demand for air travel and global connectivity, but also as a major employer and export ‘gateway’.

“It is crucial that London Stansted is allowed to continue to grow in a sustainable way in order to allow people, goods and services to enter and exit the country safely and efficiently.

“In doing so, I would note that, importantly, the airport does not seek to grow out of its current environmental limits.”

– Danise Smith, Unite
Stansted Airport's expansion plan will be discussed by planners next week. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Uttlesford District council is due to discuss the expansion plans next Wednesday (14 November).

Unite is also supporting the expansion of Heathrow Airport where the new runway is forecast to create 77,000 new local jobs. The union has more than 34,000 members at Heathrow.

“We are backing Stansted because it is good for the business, the wider regional economy and for the passengers, but, most importantly, from a Unite perspective, it heralds strong growth in employment and secure jobs in the years ahead.”

– Mark Barter, Unite regional officer