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Stansted Airport records busiest ever March

Stansted Airports currently handles 25.9 million passengers a year and wants to be allowed to handle 43 million
Stansted Airports currently handles 25.9 million passengers a year and wants to be allowed to handle 43 million

Records continue to tumble at Stansted with the airport recording its busiest ever March.

The Uttlesford hub welcomed over 1.98 million passengers during March, an increase of 5.8% or 109,000 over the corresponding month last year and beating the previous high set in 2016.

The breakthrough completed Stansted’s busiest ever winter season as over 9.17m passengers passed through the airport during the five-month period ending March 2018, an increase of 280,000 over the previous season high set last winter.

The annual passenger total now stands at 26.14m for the 12 months ending March 2018, up 7.4% on the previous year.

The routes recording the largest increases included Frankfurt, Munich and Hanover in Germany, Copenhagen and Billund in Denmark, and Belfast.

Jet2.com and Jet2 Holidays also celebrated the anniversary of its first flight from Stansted on March 30 with the announcement that it will base ten aircraft at the airport from July, up from six aircraft at launch. In the past year, the airline has carried more than one million Stansted customers.

Chief executive Ken O’Toole said: “London Stansted’s passenger numbers continue to increase at a rapid pace as we grow our route network, welcome new airline partners and provide even more choice.

“We have seen really strong growth on a number of key business destinations across Europe as passenger numbers in March demonstrate. We have new routes to Dubai, the USA and Canada launching in the coming weeks, and have ambitions to add services to help access markets across China and India.

“This is a key focus for us as we know businesses and business people from across the region we serve want the choice and convenience of more long-haul destinations available from their local airport, saving them valuable time and money associated with flying from other London airports.”


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