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Ryanair has held discussions over taking a 25% stake in the Essex airport, which has a price tag of more than £1bn. The current owner, BAA, announced on Monday that it is ending a protracted legal battle to prevent the sale of Stansted, which had been ordered by the Competition Commission in 2009 but had been hotly contested by BAA.
Last month Howard Millar, Ryanair's deputy chief executive, said the airline has been approached by potential buyers with the view to joining a consortium bid. He said: "We have met these consortia and they want us to be an anchor tenant."
Ryanair has long campaigned to have airports remade in its low-cost image, and has cited Stansted as an example of the "Taj Mahal" facilities that are out-of-kilter with the low-cost model that now dominates the European short-haul market.
A Ryanair-owned airport would emphasise low cost and quick turnarounds, so the airline will speed up the journey from check-in to security and the departure gate if it can. "We want as small and efficient a facility as possible," said a Ryanair spokesman.
"The future for short-haul airlines in Europe is walk-on and walk-off services," said the spokesman.