12 May 2014
Stansted Airport has once again broken through the 18 million passengers a year mark following a 3.4% annual increase in passenger numbers in the12 months to April 2014.
It’s the first time Stansted has topped 18 million passengers since December 2011.
The airport also enjoyed its busiest April since 2008 as over 1.72 million passengers passed through the terminal, up 10.7% over April last year. The increase was due to the later Easter holidays this year and the start of the airlines summer flight schedules with a significant number of new routes launching from the airport during the period.
Andrew Harrison, Stansted’s Managing Director, said:
"To see Stansted experience its busiest April for six years and to once again break through the18 million passengers a year barrier is a key milestone in our growth plans for the airport, which are already providing people with more choice of destinations and increased flight frequency.
"We enjoyed a very busy Easter and start to the summer season as our airline partners launched even more new services across Europe and encouraged more passengers to make Stansted their airport of choice. We are also continuing our work to develop long-haul services from Stansted, and were delighted by the recent announcement that Thomas Cook is to launch new services to the USA and Mexico next summer.
"The level of growth we’re seeing is encouraging and strongly believe Stansted has a vital role over the next 10-15 years in supporting economic growth and activity. This is an important year for our industry as we await the Government’s response to the Airport Commission’s recommendations on how to make the best use of existing capacity before any new runway can be built. If priority is given to improvements to rail links from London to Stansted to provide faster connections we could serve more of the London market, and provide benefits to a much wider group of passengers."
Stansted Airport's traffic figures are published on the website - follow this link.