London Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport is part of the Manchester Airports Group (MAG). In February  2013, MAG completed its acquisition of the airport from the former owners BAA. MAG also owns and operated Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.

Detailed information about the airport is available on the airport’s website.   Their website also provides information about local environmental impacts and enquiry contacts. It should be noted that the Committee does not deal with individual complaints. These should be addressed directly to the airport. Any specific complaints about noise or other environmental impacts should be made to the airport.



Local consultation and the Stansted
Airport Consultative Committee

Airports can affect people’s lives in many different ways. On the one hand they can produce economic benefits e.g. through offering a wide range of jobs and brings economic benefits and prosperity on a local, regional and national level. However airports also have local impacts and can cause a number of problems and concerns to local communities, particularly on environmental issues such as noise and pollution. An airport’s operation can also have other local effects such as traffic and parking. Airports have to respond to the needs of their key customers such as airlines and associated aviation industries. It is also important that passengers should be provided with the best level of customer service.

Given all these various elements, successive Governments have supported the need for local consultation. Accordingly London Stansted Airport (STAL) – in common with 50 airports – has been required to provide facilities for consultation (section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 (as amended by the Airports Act 1986). Although it is not specified by the legislation, the provision of local consultation facilities has resulted in the establishment of a consultative committee. It should be noted that STACC does not however have any powers to enforce or impose its recommendations and is an advisory body.

To help airports and local communities, the Government has produced Guidelines for Consultative Committees. These were originally issued in 2003 and revised in 2014. The main additions to the Guidelines include five underlying principles and a suggested code of conduct These current guidelines can be accessed on the Department for Transport’s website: