London Stansted Airport plans to build a new £130 million (R2,7bn) arrivals building to support passenger growth to 35 million a year as well as improve immigration, check-in, security, baggage claim and retail facilities.

Construction of the 34 000 sqm building will begin late this year and is expected to take three years. Improvements will also be made to the existing terminal building, due to be complete by 2022.

The airport said in a statement that, with passenger numbers expected to increase over the next decade and particularly with runway capacity constraints at other London airports, it was submitting a planning application for a new arrivals building designed to deliver new facilities to enhance the overall passenger and airline experience.