Council-owned Stansted Airport is rethinking its plans for a new arrivals building in the face of fluctuating travel demand and political and economic uncertainty.
The new building, costing £130m, was due to open next year but the airport said it is now looking at further design options ‘and in particular the final design’ with a view to ensuring that it is ‘future-proofed’.
A spokesperson said: ‘We hope to share the outputs of the design development and evolution of this project with airport partners in the first half of 2020.’
The original design for the new arrivals terminal building at Stansted
The airport is part of Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which is 35.5% owned by Manchester City Council and 29% by the nine other Greater Manchester local authorities.
It pointed out that construction has yet to start on the arrivals building but ‘detailed and complex’ enabling works continue.
The spokesperson added: ‘We are currently reviewing the original transformation programme proposals and design options. It’s over three years since the programme began and much has changed in the world since then.
‘This year we’ve consulted with our airlines and other on-airport business partners to take on board their views of the programme but much of the update review focus has also come from our own thinking.
‘There is a large number of variables which will influence this work, not least the global and UK economic picture but also political landscape at a national and local level.'
The airport pointed out that the arrivals building is one of a number of projects included in its ‘transformation’ programme, which also includes new check-in zones, new aircraft parking stands, a new 3,000 space multi-storey car park, a departure lounge seating project, a security extension and test area and a £60m baggage system upgrade.