Half-term holidays fuel new February high at Stansted Airport
Half-term holidays boosted Stansted Airport’s February passenger total to more than 1.87m – an increase of 8.2% over the same month in 2018.
The traffic soared as families headed to the ski slopes of France and Italy, or jetted off to catch winter sun at destinations including Dubai, Tenerife and Barcelona, which recorded the strongest growth in the month.
The rolling annual total of 28.27m passengers for the 12 months to the end of February was up 8.6% on the previous year.
Chief executive Ken O’Toole said: “London Stansted’s extensive route network of over 200 destinations continues to drive passenger growth, with more people than ever choosing the airport as they head off on holiday or as their entry getaway to the UK when visiting London and the East of England.
“We are committed to providing even more choice for passengers by adding more routes, flight frequencies and attracting new airlines in the months and years ahead to maximise the significant national and regional benefits of our available runway capacity.
“Also, with the summer flying season set to start at the end of the month and the Easter holidays fast approaching, we are fully focused on ensuring our facilities and people are ready and prepared to welcome even more passengers to Stansted and deliver the best possible airport experience.”