London Stansted airport has completed a £12 million upgrade of its international departure lounge, just in time for the peak summer holiday period.
The airport is expecting to welcome more than five million passengers during July and August, who will find additional seating in the central area of the lounge.
New dining and retail options include Comptoir Libanais, Terracotta Italian Kitchen, The Perch, Sunnyside Café, Bottega Bar and Caffe, Caffe Nero, Lego, Tommy Hilfiger, Superdry and Discover Gourmet.
A flagship WHSmith and InMotion store opened in late 2021, and Stansted’s World Duty-Free shop has doubled in size.
Commenting on the news Stephen Martin, London Stansted’s retail director, said:
“We are delighted to have teamed up with our retail partners to bring these amazing concepts to the airport. It is an exciting time for London Stansted and the new outlets significantly enhance the departure lounge experience.
“The £12 million investment has enabled us to deliver a range of food, beverage and retail outlets tailored to our passengers’ needs, which will undoubtedly improve their journey through the airport.
“With a wide variety of menu options, each food and beverage outlet cater to suit all budgets and tastes in the unique airport setting. The look of surprise and excitement on customers’ faces as they approach the new venues is reassuring that we have created such a positive experience.
“It’s great to see so many passengers back at London Stansted, and although we’re going to be very busy over the peak summer months, passengers can look forward to a range of new bars, restaurants and retail outlets and a better overall experience in the departure lounge.”
The airport recently published a summer getaway travel advice page on its website to help customers prepare for their journeys.
Under the tagline ‘Take time, take care, take flight’, the page includes reminders on restrictions on liquids in hand luggage, and advice on avoiding congestion by not arriving too early for flights.