In the next five years London Stansted Airport is aiming to secure direct services to at least 25 new long-haul destinations around the world with a strong focus on the Far East, India, North America and the Middle East.

The airport is targeting the destinations that its analysis shows are already in high demand by passengers across its catchment area but it does not currently serve, including Hong Kong, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Montreal, Chicago, Miami, Guangzhou, Singapore, Delhi, Beijing, Bangkok, Mumbai, Johannesburg, Seoul, Shanghai, Kuwait, Manila, Vancouver and       Colombo.

The airport is seeking to build on recent successes including the launch earlier this summer of Emirates daily direct service between Stansted and Dubai, which has already enjoyed very strong ticket sales with many passengers connecting to Emirates’ global network of over 150 destinations via its Dubai hub.

As the London area’s fastest growing airport and with ambitious plans to maximise the potential of existing runway capacity, Stansted said it is well placed to meet rising demand from airlines across the world eager to gain access or grow within the London aviation market.

In addition, Stansted already provides the most direct connections to Europe of any UK airport, and this network is set to grow further as the airport works with existing and new carriers to provide even more choice.

London Stansted chief executive officer, Ken O’ Toole said: “People from across the region, and businesses in particular, regularly tell us they want London Stansted to offer a network of long-haul routes that will connect them to their key countries, customers and markets.

“Stansted sits at the heart of one of the UK’s fastest growing and most successful economic regions, reflecting the competitiveness and ambition of the businesses trading here. We need to demonstrate this strength of demand to airlines who are not currently serving Stansted.”

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