London Stansted airport has opened its first multi-storey car park, adding 2,700 short-stay spaces.

The new six-floor facility is located within walking distance of the terminal, and brings the total number of short-stay parking spaces at the airport to over 7,000.

It’s the latest phase of the London Stansted Airport Transformaton Project, which aims to enable the airport to make best use of its existing runway capacity.

Recent milestones have included the opening of four new aircraft stands, the launch of a new two-floor restaurant and bar concept inspired by London’s Camden district and its market stalls, and the opening of a new check-in area.

In November Stansted was given the go-ahead to increase its annual limit on passenger numbers to 43 million, and a new £150 million arrivals terminal is set to open in autumn 2020.

Commenting on the news Paul Willis, Business Change Director for the London Stansted Transformation Project, said:

“We’re investing millions to improve facilities at London Stansted and the opening of our new multi-storey car park is another stepping stone on the road to transforming the experience for the millions of passengers travelling through the airport.

“We want Stansted to be the airport of choice for passengers from across the region and whilst we have a fantastic public transport record with over 50 per cent of passengers using coach, bus or train to get to and from the airport, we also want to ensure those who need to arrive by car or park at the airport have convenient options to suit all budgets.”