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Why President Trump flies into London’s low-cost airport, Stansted

What was President Trump doing Monday night on the tarmac of Stansted Airport, the low-cost-airline hub 40 miles northeast of London? Certainly not boarding a Ryanair flight. He had just landed there for the 29-country NATO summit beginning Tuesday.

Although best known as an airport serving primarily low-cost airlines — it is, in fact, Ryanair’s busiest base — STN is no stranger to the business of welcoming Air Force One and the U.S. presidents it transports.

This is the third Stansted landing for U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania after their four-day visit to Britain in summer 2018 and again in July 2019. Barack Obama also used Stansted on three separate occasions during his presidency.

But, of all London airports, why Stansted?

The airport is not typically used by the United Kingdom’s own state flights. For example, the Royal Air Force’s No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron, charged with transporting the Queen and other members of the … Read More

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