London Stansted Airport continues to break traffic records and has welcomed more than 26 million passengers in the last 12 months.
The airport had its busiest ever February, as over 1.7 million passengers pass through the terminal, an increase of 4.8 per cent over the same month in 2017, the previous record for February.
The rolling 12-month total of 26 million passengers is an increase of nearly 1.7 million over the previous year or 6.8 per cent growth, and the highest annual total recorded at Stansted.
London Stansted chief executive officer, Ken O’ Toole said: “We expect Stansted to be the fastest growing airport in the UK this year with new long-haul services launching to Dubai, USA and Canada in the coming months in addition to continued growth from our existing airlines. It’s vital we now plan ahead to consider how we best meet this growing demand in the most responsible and sustainable way.
“We recently submitted a planning to seek permission to grow the number of passengers we serve by an additional eight million a year but with a commitment to do so within our existing flight and noise approvals. This is crucial in supporting international connectivity over the next decade as Stansted is the only London airport with significant available runway capacity.
“We also remain focused on ensuring our facilities and service levels keep pace with growing passenger numbers to provide the best airport experience. As part of our £600 million investment programme we are now in the process of identifying the contractors to build our new £130 million arrivals terminal plus the £200 million revamp of our existing terminal building.”