Fans flying to Champions League and Europa League finals boost Stansted Airport
Football fans helped Stansted Airport net 2.57 million passengers in May.
The monthly total was boosted by additional flights to Madrid and Baku as thousands jetted off to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League finals involving Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool fans.
A number of large aircraft not usually seen at the airport – including the A380, Boeing 747s and Airbus A340s – contributed to May 31 being Stansted's busiest ever day in May and the 15th busiest on record, with 97,349 passing through the terminal.
The month also saw many families heading off on half-term holidays. Countries recording the highest growth compared to last year were Turkey (up 26.6%), Netherlands (19.7%) and Portugal (13.9%).
Overall, the hub hit a new record annual high of 28.47m, up 7.3% on the previous 12 months.
Chief executive Ken O'Toole said: "Working together with partners from across the airport, we successfully managed this complex and challenging period through excellent co-ordination and co-operation, ensuring the operation went as smoothly as possible and keeping any disruption to our airlines and passengers to a minimum.
"As we head into the main summer season, the focus of the whole team at London Stansted is to continue delivering the best airport experience.
"To help us achieve this aim, we're taking on more security and customer service staff as well as completing a number of projects associated with our transformation programme, including opening a new multi-storey car park and eight extra aircraft stands plus additional check-in desks and upgraded hold baggage system."