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| I have been using Stansted airport for business travel (Glasgow - London) for over 8 years and what I have written here is based upon real observations that I have experienced. Getting to/from the airport from London is fine, but can be expensive if the Stansted Express is not running, then you will have to pay over £130 for a taxi to get to the airport from London. Mmmm. You could rely on a bus but they are over crowded mostly and do take ages to get to/from London, especially if the traffic on the roads is bad. Security, a joke, staff are rude, queues are huge and much time lost. Even paying £5 or having a 1st Class Stansted ticket is no guarantee you will get through Fast Track quicker. Departure lounges, full to the gunnels with screaming kids and irate adults, and I understand why. Not a good commuter experience for anyone. Overpriced food and beverages. Absolute rip-off. I have taken pictures of costs and compared to normal shops on the outside. Details sent to local member of parliament for review It is disgusting. Take a plastic bottle with you and fill up with water from the drinking fountains once you have passed thru security, otherwise you will pay £2.25 for a bottle of water that cost 65p in the shops. General Staff. They are few, some are very nice and helpful, others are not. Ground Staff (I believe it is Swissport), they have gone missing, I am advised by actual ground crew that there has been massive cutbacks. This has resulted in delays in on boarding and dispatching aircraft. Be prepared to sit on a plane for 45 mins and more in sweltering heat with a Ryanair captain blatantly lying/miss-leading you (We will be next to "pushback"). If you have luggage to collect, well good luck on that, best come back and pick it up the next day. If there is a passenger who needs assistance to get on or off a plane (wheelchair), then your plane will be severely delayed as limited ground staff to assist. Ryanair. In my view the worst airline ever. Flight FR7494 on average 1.5 to 2 hours late. It is only a 1 hour journey. There are other flights with similar recurrent delays. Forget communication, from staff, it is abysmal at best and they will not think twice lying or at best miss-leading you, and I am talking here about the pilots. They will also divert your flight at the drop of a hat. 10 mins to landing the pilot says, next communication he advises us we are re-routing to Prestwick airport over 40 miles away from original destination. Between Stansted airport and Ryanair I have lost weeks of my life that I will never get back. Funny how many planes depart 15 mins before the 3 hour delay period, saving them from a compensation bill. My views is this avoid this airport and Ryanair if you can, and you want to keep your stress levels down.