London's Stansted Airport has started an £80m terminal redevelopment project to improve passenger services and meet modern air travel demands.
In what is the major work since the commissioning of terminal in 1991, the redevelopment project will also provide the flexibility to house future airline requirements.
Stansted Airport managing director Andrew Harrison said that the project will transform the terminal and make it an airport of choice in London for both airlines and passengers.
"The way airlines and passengers use the airport has dramatically changed over recent years with far fewer passengers using check-in desks or travelling with hold baggage but spending more time in the departure lounge," Harrison said.
"Our focus is to provide great service and facilities and put Stansted in the strongest position to compete effectively for new routes, airlines and passengers and this transformation of our terminal is a critical element in achieving this aim and central to our future growth plans for Stansted."
The project involves construction of new security facilities, a larger departure lounge, doubling the seating capacity, improved concessions and deployment of enhanced way-finding, as well as extra flight information screens.
The airport's new owners Manchester Airports (MAG) will invest £40m into the project, while the remaining £40m will be invested by commercial partners.
UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said that the millions invested in the terminal redevelopment project will transform Stansted Airport's terminal building and the way passengers use it.
"That's not just good news for travellers, it's also good news for the country because this sort of improvement to our transport infrastructure helps to make the UK more competitive in the global economic race," McLoughlin said.
MAG acquired London Stansted Airport for £1.5bn in January 2013, leaving Heathrow Airport with four airports in the UK.
Image: The terminal revamp would allow Stansted Airport to meet modern air travel demands, while improving all aspects of the passenger journey.