London Stansted airport to close departures terminal overnight during the summer

If you’re someone who likes to get to the airport hours ahead of your flight, you may need to reconsider your plans if you’re flying from London Stansted this summer.

The airport has revealed it will be periodically closing its departures terminal between midnight and 2am, meaning passengers won’t get overnight access.

So if you do have an early morning flight from London Stansted, there’s no point in arriving before the stated check-in time, as you won’t be able to get in.

The changes came into effect on Monday 11th June 2018, although the airport has not yet confirmed how long they are expected to last for.

If you are travelling from further afield and need somewhere to stay overnight, you won’t be able to stay in the airport – you’ll need to book in one of the nearby hotels instead.

The airport has listed a host of suggestions here , but it’s also worth keeping an eye out for deals; for example, Travelodge currently has rooms going from £29 across all of its hotels near airports .

For those thinking of camping outside or elsewhere in the airport, that’s not an option; the airport is clear that it does "not allow bedding down, use of camp beds, sleeping bags and other portable sleeping aids".

Thinking of just making your way in the morning? There are plenty of public transport options whether you’re travelling by train, coach or car.

The closures will take place after the last flights have left for the day – but don’t panic if you’re flying home and due to arrive between midnight to 2am, as arrivals will remain open.

The periodic closures are predominantly to allow for construction work as part of the airport’s £600million transformation, not to mention it also allows "cleaning and other preparations for the next day’s flight operations".

It’s also serving as a deterrent for people who may choose to spend the night in an airport instead of nearby hotel, which can cause crowds in the terminal and therefore disruptions to passengers who arrive early in the morning for the first flights of the day.

In fact, Stansted revealed in the past they have seen up to 600 people in the terminal overnight, although this number has dropped thanks to passenger awareness of the issues it can cause.

Although the airport hasn’t confirmed how long the closures will be operating, it’s worth keeping an eye on the London Stansted Airport Twitter page for extra updates and information.

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