Stansted Airport prepares to welcome more passengers as non-essential international travel resumes on Monday
Portugal is the only destination for Stansted Airport on the government’s green list for international travel as of Monday, May 17.
Managing Director Steve Griffiths said: “The resumption of international travel and the launch of the Green List is an important step in easing the restrictions on Covid-19, and Monday will be an important step for us as we begin to welcome more passengers at the airport. “
Passenger numbers at Stansted have fallen by almost 90% during the coronavirus pandemic. The hub’s total ridership fell from just under 28.4 million in the 12 months leading up to March 2020 to 3 million in the year up to March 2021. March saw 44,259 passengers at Stansted against more than 800,000 last March, a drop of 95%.
The countries and territories on the current green list are: Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira, Israel, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; and Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Ascension Island.
As part of the government’s traffic light system, people returning from these locations will be required to take a pre-departure test and another PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test within two days of landing.
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Those returning from ‘Amber List’ countries are also required to self-isolate for 10 days and take an additional PCR test, while those returning from ‘Red List’ countries must book a government approved hotel quarantine package.
All passengers arriving in the UK, regardless of their destination, must complete a mandatory passenger locator form prior to travel.
Stansted owner Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has said charting the path to unrestricted travel is key to fully reviving the struggling aviation sector in the UK. One of the main demands is to eliminate the need for travelers to undergo expensive PCR tests upon their return from abroad.
MAG – which also owns Manchester and East Midlands airports – said the framework should be urgently improved to include a fourth unrestricted category capitalizing on the success of the UK’s vaccination program.
Mr Griffiths said: “We will continue to work closely with the government to unlock a more meaningful restart in international travel, taking advantage of the UK’s vaccination program to increase the number of countries on the green list and work towards the total removal of restrictions. time. “
He added, “As we embark on the road to recovery, we will continue to work closely with all of our airport partners to ensure passengers have the best possible experience when they fly off on a well-deserved vacation or finally. to see their family and friends. “
A limited number of outlets and food stores at the airport will open from Monday.
Boots and WH Smith will operate both city and airside. They are joined on the land side by ICE (International Currency Exchange) and airside by Pret A Manger, WDF (World Duty Free) and WDF Express, Leon, Accessorize, JD Sports, Hamleys, Harris & Hoole and Cabin, and others preparing to resume coming. weeks depending on demand.
Stansted Express trains run every half hour to London Liverpool Street and the National Express A9 bus service to Stratford resumes on Monday. Parking options at the airport are currently limited.
To help keep passengers safe, the airport has introduced improved cleaning, installed plexiglass screens in customer-contact areas and disinfection stations, and insisted on mandatory face masks, but social distancing n is not always possible.
Mr Griffiths said: ‘We understand that many people have not flown for a long time, but our passengers can be reassured that we are committed to implementing the highest quality Covid-19 security measures.
“With the help of CAA and Public Health England, we recently received recognition for the measures we have implemented in accordance with guidance set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
“This recognition is a great testament to and deserves the hard work of our teams across the company to keep our passengers and colleagues safe and to ensure we are ready for the restart of international travel.”