Stansted: Connecting the UK to the World Since the 1980s
The year: 1985
Michael J. Fox went back to the future and Ferris had one totally awesome day off.
Michael Jordan was named the NBA’s “Rookie of the Year.”
Madonna opened the New Year at number one with “Like a Virgin.”
FedEx Express expanded operations and opened the Stansted Gateway, just 40 miles north of London, to help United Kingdom businesses connect to global markets.
Over 30 years later the movies are now classics, Michael Jordan retired as one of the best basketball players of all time, Madonna became the best-selling female recording artist ever and Stansted went from four team members to almost 500.
But why is Stansted a gateway and not a hub? What’s the difference?
A gateway refers to a major airport or first or last stop in a country. It’s a consolidation point into or out of a country.
A hub is a distribution center that can connect to multiple or all destinations within a network.
So, Stansted is a gateway because it’s the main point to get packages into and out of the United Kingdom.
Charles de Gaulle in France, on the other hand, is a hub because it can connect to the FedEx Express world-wide network through Paris.
You’ve seen FedEx Hubs in action, now it’s time to check out the Stansted Gateway in Europe.
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