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sat1 1st Mar 2008 17:50

we wait with baited breath..................................

WHBM 7th Mar 2008 07:04

Came through Stansted last night, walked down from the Ryanair satellite. When we came to the escalator that makes the quite considerable rise from the low level passageway up to the customs area there was a notice stating blandly "This escalator may be out of service due to operational reasons". Which indeed it was. And a number of elderly passengers were having quite a struggle getting up the several flights of stairs.

I am wondering just what are the "operational reasons" behind the fact that this escalator "may" be out of service.

The_Bean_Counter 7th Mar 2008 07:10

The "Operational Reasons" are that there is not enough staff or booths in immigration for last wave arrivals and the escalator has to be turned off to prevent a continuous stream of people spilling into the queing area. Rather than fix the problem BAA have been turning off the escalator for the last 18 months.

MAN777 7th Mar 2008 08:48

If thats the reason, then it is a disgrace that elderley people are being made to take the slow route just to thin out and trickle feed the immigration desks. Any reporters reading ?

carousel 7th Mar 2008 10:02

escalator troubles
Even when the escalator is switched off there is a 12 person lift right next to the escalator for those who cannot or do not want to use stairs, and for passengers with child transport. As for the reason for the delays at Immigration and Border control surely you can't hold BAA responsible for the lack of staff at a Goverment controlled agency the recruitment of staff is out of BAA's hands.

FEROMAN 7th Mar 2008 16:39

Absolutely Carousel....
and the "Operational Reasons" are actually safety reasons. If the queue is at the top of the escalator and people are still being taken up the escalator then where do those people go? Can you imagine being at the top, no where to go and more people coming up behind you? :eek: Very messy :ouch:

WHBM 7th Mar 2008 17:08

Then what idiot designed a building where an escalator carrying high passenger volumes leads directly into a congestion point ? This is architecture class 1.01 stuff. The "queueing area" seemed very small and liable to be overwhelmed by just one aircraft load.

My recollection is that the orginal building design by Norman Foster envisaged the satellites being connected by the transit and the walkways are subsequent variations to the design.

ATNotts 7th Mar 2008 17:38

But until the Government decided to make the UK border about the most difficult to cross in the whole of the EU it wasn't going to be a congestion point.

Join Schengen and the problem's solved - fat chance of that happening though!!

Buster the Bear 7th Mar 2008 19:02


Stanstedeye 11th Mar 2008 06:16

The STN web-site has deleated all XL flights for summer 2008.

carbootking 12th Mar 2008 19:01

the first of the jet bridges have arrived i heard sitting over north side

TOWTEAMBASE 12th Mar 2008 22:02

they are probably awaiting the removal of "welcome to Heathrow" logos from them :ugh:

jack_essex 12th Mar 2008 23:03

Just in case anyone would like to know, we have just flown with AA on STN - JFK - STN, we left on Thurs and came back yesterday. The flights were great, on time and landed an hour early coming home. The only downside was that there were no individual seat back TV's, but we did know about that before we booked. The STN - JFK flight was completely full, hopefully a sign of good things to come. The AA check in agent in JFK said that the Stansted flights are very frequently overbooked.

Hollymead 27th Mar 2008 01:46


Departures Beckham 27th Mar 2008 14:42

Two 330's to be delivered this year

Stanstedeye 31st Mar 2008 17:53

Although pulling out of STN, today TOM used two aircraft, TOM4924 to LPA & TOM8352 to Ovda.

Barnesy2006 3rd Apr 2008 21:06

Thomson are pulling out of Stansted???

aidoair 3rd Apr 2008 21:24

Yes TOM will stop operating from Stansted with based aircraft from 1st May when the summer season finally kicks in again... however there will be a weekly 737-800 flight to and from Palma with TOM operating on a W-pattern from Luton. All Thomson booked holidays flying from Stansted will be operated by First Choice Airways A321s from the summer season.

Barnesy2006 4th Apr 2008 17:58

I see there keeping SSH for next winter season though, will that be done with the 321?

Also the airbridges are well underway now, and Sat 1 shouldn't take too long to finish. Will Sat 2 be having new bridges aswell?

FEROMAN 4th Apr 2008 19:44

STN Airbridges
Sat 1 airbridges should be finished by the end of June. And Sat 2 may well be all replaced too next year, but far from confirmed just yet.

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