The building is the latest phase in the multi-million pound transformation programme by owner MAG to support future growth at the airport and attract new passengers and airlines.
The proposal focuses on providing the airport with a high quality environment to support its continuing growth, from today’s 24 million passengers a year to the current planning limit of 35 million.
The facility is designed to ensure that in the future the airport could make full use of its single runway and serve around 43 million passengers a year, as set out in Stansted’s 2015 Sustainable Development Plan.
It includes a larger immigration and baggage reclaim area, new retail space and a public forecourt aimed at creating a relaxing and welcoming environment for passengers.
Since acquiring Stansted in 2013, Manchester Airports Group has invested over £150m to update its terminal building and other facilities.
Chief executive Andrew Cowan said: “The planning application and concept design for the new £130m arrivals building marks the latest phase in Stansted’s transformation and enables us to support further growth over the next decade and give our passengers the facilities that they want.”
He added: “It has always been our vision to invest in (the airport’s) infrastructure to create the best experience for our growing number of passengers and airline customers.”