London Stansted Airport’s record breaking month

London Stansted Airport terminalLondon Stansted Airport has had its busiest October with an increase of passenger traffic after a boost of 1.7 million in the last 12 months. The recent announcements from airlines Primera Air, Air Corsica, Mediterranean Air and WOW air to launch new flight routes from Stansted have further contributed to the highly successful month, leading to the airport’s recognition by the Labour Transport team.

The airport plans to make the best use of its existing runway capacity and improve the UK’s global connectivity over the next decade.

‘Following the decision to leave the EU, supporting UK aviation has become more, not less critical if the UK is to remain a global, outward-looking trading nation. Improving surface access to and utilising capacity of airports like Stansted is an important part of delivering an aviation strategy that will support our economy.’


Andy McDonald MP, Shadow Transport Secretary

October’s passenger activity boost and cargo increase

Over 2.3 million passengers passed through the terminal this October, up by nearly 160,000 and 7.3% compared last year. During the last month, the total number of passengers passing through the airport rose by 7.1% at over 25.8 million passengers, increasing by 1.7 million passengers over the previous year.

‘October this year was the busiest on record for the month with demand boosted by a strong performance during the final weeks of the summer schedule and an increase in the number of people heading overseas for half-term. Since Manchester Airport Group (MAG) acquired the airport in 2013, we have now welcomed over 100 million passengers, a fantastic achievement and a clear reflection of the demand that exists across our region for convenient and affordable flight options and the growing choice of destinations on offer at Stansted.’


Martin Jones, Commercial Director, London Stansted Airport

October also saw an increase in cargo volumes by 3% compared to last year with more than 23,000 tonnes of goods passing through the airport cargo facility. The annual total increased by 3.8% reaching 260,000 tonnes.

Announcements of new destinations and airlines

Primera Air planeIn the last month London Stansted Airport has announced an array of new destinations and airlines, kicked off by Primera Air who announced new transatlantic flights to Boston (Logan Airport), New York (Newark Liberty airport) and Toronto (Toronto Pearson airport) this October. The airport will now also host flights from Air Corsica and Mediterranean Air which have launched services to the UK. Additionally, WOW air have added a connection to New York JFK via Reykjavik as well as new services being announced for summer and winter by Ryanair and

‘In the past few weeks we have seen a host of new route announcements and launches, including a third transatlantic route from Primera Air to Toronto and WOW air adding a connection via Reykjavik to New York JFK. This is in addition to new services from Air Corsica, Mediterranean Air (Athens) and Ryanair (Belfast) plus and Jet2holidays confirming it will operate an expanded winter programme from Stansted in 2018/19.’

Martin Jones, Commercial Director, London Stansted Airport

Recognition from the Shadow Transport team

Labour Transport team visitingLondon Stansted Airport welcomed the Shadow Transport Secretary, Andy McDonald MP and Shadow Aviation Minister, Karl Turner MP who were briefed on the strong case for cutting journey times and improving reliability on rail services between London Liverpool street and London Stansted Airport to help unlock the airport’s spare capacity. They were also shown new employment plans through the airports MAG Connect initiative designed to support the airports growth and create jobs in areas of high unemployment. This will include running job fairs at the airport, in Harlow and attending dozens of local job fairs as well as establishing a permanent presence in Tottenham Job Centre Plus.

‘We were delighted the Shadow Transport team was able to join us at Stansted today and discuss our plans for growing passenger numbers, our £600 million investment programme to transform the airport and our ambitions for a more reliable and faster rail service. Stansted can make a huge contribution to improving the UK’s connectivity with the rest of the world over the next decade, this will be vital as the country prepares to leave the EU and at a time when airport capacity is at a premium.’


Brad Miller, Chief Operating Officer, London Stansted Airport

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