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Stansted Airport records its busiest ever January with 1.95 million passengers

Stansted Airport is gearing up for a “very busy” Easter after recording its busiest ever January.

The total of 1.95 million passengers was 6.9% up on the same month last year and topped the previous January best of 1.93m in 2019. It followed a record-breaking December, with the two million-plus passengers that month up 12.1% on December 2022.

The number of travellers using Stansted in the year to the end of January was 28.1m, up 14.8% from the previous 12-month period.

Stansted Airport
Stansted Airport

Operational performance remained strong, with 99% of departing passengers passing through security in 15 minutes or less and an average queue time of under four minutes during the main departure peaks.

The three most popular countries during the month were Spain, Italy and Poland, while the busiest routes were Dublin, Istanbul and Edinburgh.

Managing director Gareth Powell said: “I’m really pleased we were able to deliver yet another strong passenger performance last month. I’m also delighted our passengers continue to experience a smooth and efficient security operation when flying from the airport, which we aim to maintain as we welcome more passengers when they head off on half-term breaks this month and as we build up to what we anticipate will be a very busy Easter next month.

Gareth Powell
Gareth Powell

“The year ahead looks really exciting for everyone connected with London Stansted and the millions of passengers who will continue to take advantage of the extensive choice, great value and convenience we are able to offer.

“We have a host of new routes launching this year, including Royal Jordanian’s service to Amman next month, British Airways flights to Nice, Florence and Ibiza plus new routes from Ryanair, Jet2.com and Sun Express.

“We will also continue driving forward our investment plans to transform the airport experience and operation. This will include the opening of a new EV (electric vehicle) charging forecourt, the commencement of work on our 14.3MW solar farm as well as finalising design details of our terminal extension ahead of the first phase of construction later in the year.”

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