Stansted Airport's busiest year ever as passenger numbers top 28 million
Stansted Airport has recorded its busiest ever year with more than 28 million passengers in 2018 – up 2.1m (8.1%) on 2017.
December saw over two million passengers pass through the airport, an increase of 10.3% on the same month the previous year and its busiest December on record.
The record-breaking performance helped maintain Stansted’s position as the fastest-growing major airport in the UK and one of the top five fastest-growing large airports in Europe. It now serves 200 destinations across 40 countries and offers more scheduled connections to Europe than any other airport in the world apart from Munich.
The top five countries reporting the strongest growth in passengers flying from Stansted in 2018 compared with 2017 were Spain (up 331,000), France (+189,000), Germany (+187,000), Turkey (+176,000) and United Arab Emirates (+123,000). UK-wide traffic increased by 197,000 passengers.
The five airports with the largest increases in passenger numbers from Stansted were Frankfurt (+176,000), Dubai (+123,000), Naples (+95,000), Alicante (+92,000) and Nice (+91,000). Passenger numbers to Belfast rose by 301,000 compared to 2017.
Stansted’s chief executive, Ken O’Toole, said: “The strong passenger growth we once again experienced during 2018, and the achievement of passing the 28m passenger milestone for the first time in a 12-month period, reflects our clear commitment to reinvigorate the airport and make it more attractive to airlines and passengers.
“During the year we welcomed six new airlines, including the world-leading Emirates offering a daily service to Dubai and 150 convenient onward connections, and also saw many of our airline partners increase capacity and choice of destinations, particularly Ryanair and Jet2.com.
“Stansted was the fastest-growing major airport in the UK during 2018 and one of the fastest-growing across Europe, and we are confident we will continue to grow passenger numbers and provide even more choice of airlines and destinations, including building on our work to secure more long-haul services to China, India and the USA.
“The year ahead will also be significant for our £600m airport transformation project. We have already made great progress, but as we begin the construction phase of our new arrivals building later this spring, we will really see the flagship development of the project take shape.
“We have built real momentum behind our vision for Stansted and, given the strong economic performance of our region, our available runway capacity and investment in new facilities, the airport’s future is very bright.”