Stansted Airport has beaten its record for the most airplanes to be parked up at one time with the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games. The last record stood at 156 airplanes, this was when the Champions League finals were held at Wembley in 2011; however the Olympics Games has seen 165 airplanes parked up overnight. A lot of these being private jets of various sizes making up these numbers.
World leaders, government officials and celebrities arrived for the opening of the games. They were all looked after by the airports private aviation specialists who could easily accommodate this number of planes but there was still a lot of skill and professionalism involved to sort out the logistics of where to park them all, however the staff rose to the challenge and achieved this with no problems.
Some of the arrivals to the Olympics included EssexÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very own David Beckham, plus actor Jackie Chan and the worlds riches man Bill Gates, along with the many heads of state to name just a few celebrities.
The airport staff are well trained for these busy times and coped well with not only the many private jets and officials but also the larger than normal influx of tourists.
Plane spotters stood around the perimeter of the fencing in the hope of seeing some famous faces. The last time this happened was with the arrival of US President Barrack Obama and his wife who landed in 2009. This time, however Michelle Obama arrived at the RAF airport in Suffolk, but I am sure we will see her again at Stansted airport.