Eerie drone footage shows decimated operations at one of London’s busiest airports

Apr 2, 2020

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It’s no surprise that the coronavirus crisis has had a lasting effect on the aviation industry. Airlines around the world have been forced to slash capacity and even suspend operations altogether. While some airlines remain in operation, others, such as EasyJet and Ryanair have completely ended commercial flights, opting just to operate repatriation flights.

And as a result, airports around the world have taken on a second — unexpected — role of creating space for airlines to park their grounded aircraft. On Wednesday, London Stansted Airport revealed what the airport looks like amid the drastic and sudden near-closure of operations. And the drone footage is on the eerie side of things.

(Photo courtesy of London Stansted Airport)

In a press release, London Stansted Airport, which is normally the fourth-busiest airport in the U.K., said that it’s had to find parking spaces for almost 100 aircraft. During the time at which the footage was taken, STN said it’s typically the busiest time of the day for operations.

(Photo courtesy of London Stansted Airport)

“Despite most airlines suspending almost all passenger operations, there are still some flights operating in an[d] out of London Stansted, with a handful of passenger flights a day and the airport’s cargo operations continuing to bring vital supplies into the U.K.”, the airport said in a press release.

As of time of writing, only a few cargo aircraft in the skies were flying to or from STN. Additionally, there were two Ryanair flights — presumably repatriation flights — with one from Madrid (MAD) and one to Rome (CIA).

(Photo courtesy of London Stansted Airport)
(Photo courtesy of London Stansted Airport)

Many of the stands at the airport are housing the parked aircraft. Meanwhile, at the north side of the airfield, which typically houses charter and private flights, there are parked commercial aircraft.

(Photo courtesy of London Stansted Airport)

While the airport is dealing with parking hundreds of aircraft, its car parks are feeling the opposite effect. As travellers are staying at home, the airport’s car parks are nearly empty.

(Photo courtesy of London Stansted Airport)

You can watch the full video of drone footage from STN below:

Featured photo courtesy of London Stansted Airport.

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