Airlines operating Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-87 aircraft will now be allowed to land at Stansted Airport after the Civil Aviation Authority awarded it Code F status.
The upgrading paves the way for growth in both airline activity and cargo operations, with Emirates having already named Stansted its alternative airport for its A380 aircraft.
Emirates, together with Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Qantas and Air France, are the carriers currently using the A380, although other airlines have ordered them.
Nick Barton, Stansted’s commercial and development director, said that being awarded Code F status will ensure that Stansted is "even more attractive to potential carriers."
"It’s credit to the original designers of Stansted who showed astonishing vision in the 1980s to create an airport capable of handling the superjets of the future," he commented.
Mr Barton went on to say that he is confident that Stansted will become "the London airport of choice" in the coming years.
Stansted is Britain’s third-busiest airport, accommodating some 22.8 million passengers every year.