Stansted Airport’s Load Factors at All-time High

A record number of passengers on each flight at Stansted during the month of August helped ensure the airport topped the two million passenger mark for the fourth consecutive month.
The average load factor – the number of seats occupied on each flight – hit an all-time high of 93.5% in August as over 2.2 million passed through the terminal, an increase of 9.7% over the same month last year and the busiest August at Stansted since 2008. It was also the 17th consecutive month of traffic growth.
The total number of passengers flying from Stansted in the year rose to over 21.9 million, an increase of 16.3% over the previous 12 months, and still the highest annual rate of growth of any major UK airport.
Andrew Harrison, Stansted’s Managing Director, commented: “The significant growth in traffic at Stansted continued at great pace during August and saw us top the two million passengers a month total for a fourth month in a row as well as enjoy our 17th consecutive month of growth.
“Underpinning this sustained period of growth is the record number of passengers on each flight in and out of the airport – on average, 93.5% of all available seats were occupied during the month, an all-time high for Stansted. This success is great testament to the popularity of our route network, the outstanding operational efficiency of our airline partners and the desire of local people to fly from their local airport.
“Although we are now through the busy school holiday period, there will still be lots for passengers to look forward to at Stansted in the coming months. Our £80 million terminal re-development project is due for completion later this autumn and passengers will be able to enjoy even more choice of destinations as we see the launch of even more new routes, including easyJet to Reykjavik, Germanwings to Vienna and SAS to Gothenburg.”