London Stansted Airport welcomed a record number of passengers in September as the summer getaway showed no signs of letting up beyond the peak holiday season.
Stansted saw nearly 2.7 million passengers pass through the terminal during the month, up 9.2 per cent on the same month last year and the busiest ever September in the airport’s history.
The destinations recording the largest growth compared to September 2017 included Antalya (+57 per cent), Nice (+55 per cent), Arrecife (+48 per cent), Rhodes (+46 per cent), Paphos (+46 per cent) and Alicante (+39 per cent).
In addition, the airport said Emirates service to Dubai continues to prove popular, particularly with businesses across the East of England.
The rolling 12-month total to September 2018 increased by 6.9 per cent over the previous year to 27.4 million passengers.
London Stansted chief executive, Ken O’Toole said: “Following our busiest ever peak summer season, we once again welcomed a record number of passengers during September as demand for convenient and affordable air travel continued to grow.
“As London’s fastest growing airport – and one of the fastest growing large airports in Europe – with a choice of nearly 200 destinations on offer, this September we not only saw more people take to the skies than in the same month last year, but it also beat the total for July 2017, traditionally one of the peak months of any summer.
“This growth is a clear reflection of how far we have come in the last year and why we have applied for permission to raise the number of passengers we serve to 43 million a year, backed by a firm commitment to do so without any additional flights or noise impacts beyond our current permissions.”