London Stansted has passed the rolling 27 million passengers a year milestone for the first time in its history following its busiest ever month and a record-breaking summer.
The airport said it handled more than 2.9 million passengers in August, up 8.5% on last year, as it recorded its busiest ever summer season with 8.4 million travellers passing through the terminal during the peak months of June-August. The figure was an increase of nearly 700,000 passengers over last summer.
During the month Stansted also recorded its first ever 100,000 plus passenger days with the busiest being August 24, when 101,500 passengers passed through the terminal.
Stansted said its rolling 12-month total to August 2018 now stands at 27.2 million passengers, an increase of 7.2% over the previous year.
The top five countries reporting the highest growth in passengers across the three-month summer period were Spain, Germany, UK, Turkey and Greece.
Destinations showing the biggest growth in passengers compared to the same period last year included Alicante, Prague, Nice, Naples and Belfast.
In August more than 22,000 tonnes of cargo passed through Stansted, an increase of 3.8 per cent on August 2017 with the annual now standing at just under 263,000.
The airport’s CEO, Ken O’Toole, commented: “Strong collaboration with our airline partners has been needed to contend with air traffic control restrictions, industrial action and extreme weather, and allow us to welcome a record number of passengers to the airport – 700,000 more than last year – and pass the 27 million passengers a year milestone for the first time in the airport’s history.
“As London’s fastest growing airport we expect this upward trend to continue so that’s why we are investing £600m in transforming the airport experience for passengers and have applied for permission to raise the number of passengers we serve to 43 million a year, with a firm commitment to do so without any additional flights or noise impacts beyond our current permissions.”