London Stansted Airport has added 550 extra seats under three brand new seating areas in its busy departure lounge.

The new seats will boost the capacity of the departure lounge by approximately 40%, according to the airport.

Forming part of the continuing £600m Stansted Transformation Project, the improvements have provided a comfortable seating area with room for more than 1,000 passengers.

The area has been equipped with 436 new USB and USC charging points. It has also been fitted with ‘leaf lamps’ that offers ambient lighting while helping to absorb sound using felt ‘foliage’.

Stansted Airport has also set up a dedicated family seating area within the Departure Lounge. The seating area features a smaller and colourful children-friendly bench and is suitable for groups travelling with younger children.

A quiet seating area has also been created downstairs from the departure lounge and away from retail units and passenger thoroughfares.

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“We are delighted with the fresh look of the main departures lounge and, most importantly, I’m confident passengers will also be very pleased.”

The seating area is equipped with 208 seats and offers a more peaceful environment to travellers preferring to spend their pre-flight time away from the chaos of the main departure lounge.

A third new area with 160 additional seats has been set up on the way to Satellite 3 gates.

Stansted Airport terminal operations head Linsey Miller said: “We are delighted with the fresh look of the main departures lounge and, most importantly, I’m confident passengers will also be very pleased with the changes we have made.

“It has updated the area and offers much-needed additional seating and device charging points, while the curved design and layout of the furniture means passengers feel a sense of space while seated.

“The quiet seating area is something new we’re pleased to be able to offer. This is on a lower level floor with no shops or TVs and no one passing through, so it is a calmer environment for those who may find that more appealing than the busy central areas.”

London Stansted Airport, which is owned and managed by the Manchester Airport Group (MAG), currently serves approximately 18 million passengers per annum.