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London Stansted topping the charts

Having declared at the end of last month that it’s all set to be the fastest growing London airport in 2018 with 10.8 million seats available for summer, Stansted Airport has just recorded its busiest winter ever.

The airport welcomed more than 1.98 million passengers during March, an increase of 5.8% or 109,000 passengers over the same month in 2017.

March traffic figures at the airport show particularly strong year-on-year growth on popular European business routes, including Frankfurt, Hanover and Munich in Germany, Copenhagen and Billund in Denmark and Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s CEO, said the “passenger numbers continue to increase at a rapid pace as we grow our route network, welcome new airline partners and provide even more choice.”

He also commented that “Stansted is a key enabler for economic growth through improving international connectivity and competitiveness, which in turn helps make our region even more attractive to inward investment.”

Alongside the strong growth on a number of key business destinations in Europe, O‘Toole added that the airport has new routes to Dubai, the US and Canada launching in the coming weeks as well as plans to access markets across China and India.

“This is a key focus for us as we know businesses and business people from across the region we serve want the choice and convenience of more long-haul destinations available from their local airport, saving them valuable time and money associated with flying from other London airports.”

Stansted’s growth in passenger traffic has also been credited to Jet2.com, which, following strong demand, will be adding its 10th aircraft at the airport later this year. The low-fare carrier recently celebrated its first anniversary at Stansted, having started flying from the London base on 30 March 2017.

Inset image: London Stansted’s CEO, Ken O’Toole

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