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Should a second runway be built at Stansted Airport? The local people have mixed feelings but most of them dont want Stansted to have a second runway.

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Should a second runway be built at Stansted Airport? The article is about exploring the view if Stansted should get a second runway or not. The British Airports Authority wants to build a second runway and a new terminal at Britain's third busiest airport by 2015, serving 68 million passengers a year by around 2030.Announcing its planning application, BAA said the expansion would create more than 13,000 jobs and boost the economy by �9 billion. Stansted has grown very rapidly in recent years, particularly in the leisure market. In 2003 it handled nearly 19million passengers compared with fewer than 7 million in 1998. The airport has planning approval to cater for up to 25 million passengers, subject to an annual aircraft movement limit of 241,000. At current rates of growth, Stansted runway capacity could be fully used within a few years. However more terminal capacity would allow passengers numbers to continue to grow without additional runway capacity, up to 35 million. ...read more.

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Some of the people who do want the second runway to take part like Steve think, "The expansion is a good thing it will bring in much needed jobs and add to the local economy. Those who are opposed stating noise pollution and killing of nature have only got to look at the A120 expansion to see how nature can be preserved and the benefit expansion has to all people in Essex." And Peter Gowan a local resident against expansion thinks "Stansted has always been an airport in the countryside which respects the countryside, but what they are considering would rape this rural neighbourhood," The reason why the second runway is needed is its growing so quick that it needs to do something to coupe with it in the future. Stansted has grown rapidly; handling 19m passengers in 2003 compare to 7m in 1998 and the number of passengers using South East airports increased from 70m in 1992 to 118m in 2002 There is growing pressure on the Government to tackle the enormously ...read more.

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Ryanair believe that growth of low-cost air travel from London is peaking, and new capacity at Stansted is not necessary. British Airways also object to the Stansted expansion, primarily because BAA, the owners and operators of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, would probably need to use profits from Heathrow (a significant proportion coming from British Airways) to cross-subsidise new construction at Stansted - a prospect airlines at Heathrow are unhappy about. A number of arguments have been brought forward to combat expansion at Stansted, other than the obvious environmental issues. Firstly, as previously mentioned, a massive and expensive new surface infrastructure would be required. Locals are also very concerned that since unemployment is very low in this area, large quantities of new housing will be required for the new staff the airport will require. The loss of 29 listed buildings and 2 ancient monuments is also of concern to heritage groups, whilst the expansion of the airport boundaries would encompass the villages of Bamber\'s Green, Molehill Green and Broxted Hill. ...read more.

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