Fresh long-haul routes propel London Stansted’s passenger growth

posted on 13th August 2018 by Justin Burns
Fresh long-haul routes propel London Stansted's passenger growth

New long-haul routes drove London Stansted Airport to its busiest ever month for passenger traffic in July increasing year-on-year (YOY) by 7.4 per cent and continued the strong year to date.

Operator MAG Airport said the Essex gateway welcomed 2.77 million in the month, and on a rolling 12-month basis it has seen 26.99 million pass through the terminal.

The increase was driven by brand new long haul routes to Dubai and New York, new summer short-haul links to Frankfurt, Reykjavik and Vilnius, and more passengers than last year jetting off to existing summer destinations like Alicante (+40 per cent) and Malaga (+16 per cent).

At MAG’s other two airports in July, Manchester Airport’s traffic rose YOY by 0.5 per cent to 3.04 million and East Midlands Airport’s numbers fell YOY by 2.1 per cent 576,153.

In July, 14,000 more passengers flew from Manchester compared to July last year and MAG said holiday trends for this summer has seen Brits rediscovering Turkey and North African destinations, after a few years of very strong growth to Spain.

This July, almost 30,000 more passengers combined flew from Manchester to Antalya and Dalaman in Turkey. Meanwhile, the restarted route to Enfidha in Tunisia was popular, while Morocco also saw growth. Manchester’s domestic route network also saw 10 per cent growth, thanks to a new link this year to London Southend, and 53 per cent growth to Belfast International.

The three airports within the MAG Airport stable welcomed a combined 6.39 million passengers in July and on a rolling 12-month basis 59.77 million have boarded flights, a 3.1 per cent YOY increase.

London Stansted Airport chief executive officer, Ken O’Toole said the airport is investing £600 million in upgrading facilities including a new arrivals terminal, a revamp of the existing terminal, and upgrades to the baggage system.

He added: “With limited spare capacity at other airports in the South East, Stansted will deliver 50 percent of London’s expected passenger growth over the next decade.

“Given this anticipated growth, we 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.”