The airport is on track to be the fastest-growing airport serving the capital this year, with over 10.8 million airline seats available across the airport’s biggest summer schedule to date.

The busiest ever July at the airport helped boosted total passenger numbers for the past 12 months to just under 27 million, a 7.3 per cent increase on the previous year. The destination countries recording the largest growth in terms of passengers flown were Spain, France and Germany.

July was also a busy month for cargo traffic, with more than 22,000 tonnes of goods passing through the dedicated cargo facilities, an increase of 4.5 per cent on July 2017. This brings the rolling 12-month total to nearly 262,000 tonnes.

London Stansted expansion

This year the airport has introduced several improvements to their operation, including hiring more security staff, introducing new Airport Ambassador roles and increasing the number of check-in desks as well as the opening of a new restaurant which seats 350 people.

Over the next five years, the airport is investing £600m to transform the airport experience, the main elements involving:

  • the construction of a new arrivals terminal
  • renovating existing terminals
  • upgrading the baggage system
  • creating additional car parking spaces

As other airports in the South East have limited spare capacity, Stansted will deliver 50% 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.”

Ken O’Toole
London Stansted

Over the past year London Stansted Airport has announced an array of new destinations and airlines, kicked off by Primera Air who announced new transatlantic flights to Boston (Logan Airport), New York (Newark Liberty airport) and Toronto (Toronto Pearson airport) last October. The airport also added flights from Air Corsica and Mediterranean Air which launched services to the UK. Additionally, WOW air added a connection to New York JFK via Reykjavik and new services were announced for summer and winter by Ryanair and

Along with new destinations and airlines, London Stansted has introduced a new Arrivals Terminal, opening in 2020.

You can watch a CGI tour of the new Arrivals Terminal here.

“The Arrivals Terminal is the centrepiece project of our £600 million transformation programme … Our five-year multi-million-pound project will transform the experience for millions of passengers and help unlock the airport’s spare runway capacity, providing passengers with a wider choice of airlines and destinations.”

Paul Willis
Transformation Director
London Stansted Airport

Stansted Arrivals Terminal

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