15 Apr Easter getaway at London Stansted
London Stansted is forecasting nearly 340,000 passengers will arrive and depart from the airport over the upcoming bank holiday Easter weekend (19 to 22 April).
Popular destinations with those heading away for Easter include Barcelona, Rome, Tenerife, Budapest and Madrid.
In total, more than 1.5 million passengers will travel through London Stansted during the main two week school holiday period from 5th April to 22nd April.
As part of the airport’s preparations for the Easter getaway, and the busy summer season ahead, a number of new features and initiative are being introduced including the recruitment of more security and customer service staff, installing more seats, water fountains, and charging points in addition to the creation of a dedicated ‘quiet area’ area near the departure lounge and more passenger help points.
To help passengers prepare before they jet-off, Anita Harrison, London Stansted’s Head of Security, provided a timely reminder of top tips to make the experience as stress free as possible.
“Good preparation is key for any journey, and especially so if flying off over the busy Easter period, so each year we remind passengers of some of the simple things that can help make their journey go as smoothly as possible.
“Before leaving home, make sure hand and checked-in baggage are within the size and weight limits set by the airline, and check and plan the journey to the airport as the roads can be busier over Easter and public transport timetables are often subject to change over the holidays. This should mean passengers arrive at the airport in plenty of time for check-in and security. Passengers should also make sure all liquids, gels and pastes in their hand baggage are in containers of 100ml or less and carried within a clear, 20cm x 20cm resealable bag. Once at security the bag needs to be presented separately to other items.
“Removing laptops and other electrical items and placing them in a separate security tray will help get through security as quickly and safely as possible as will removing all coats and ensuring pockets are empty.
“We look forward to welcoming the hundreds of thousands of people flying off this weekend, and by preparing well and following these basic tips, I’m sure they will get their holidays off to the best possible start at London Stansted.”