MAG has reported continued strong growth in EBITDA for the six months to September 30th, recording an increase of 6.6 per cent, £216 million. New route development has been the principal driver, seeing passenger numbers increase to pre-recession levels at Manchester and London Stansted airports. MAG passenger numbers group-wide in the first six months of the financial year were up 7.7 per cent year-on-year to 32 million.
London Stansted’s annual passenger total has topped 24 million for only the second time in the airport’s history as the UK’s fourth busiest airport closes in on its all-time passenger record. The total number of passengers using Stansted in the 12 months ending September reached 24,009,348, up 8.4 per cent on the previous year and just 6,000 short of the record high set in October 2007.
More than six million passengers flew through MAG’s airports in August, as the summer season continued to surpass expectations. At Manchester, 2,934,393 passengers travelled through the airport last month, an increase of nine per cent on August 2015. That means that Manchester’s 12 month rolling total now stands at 24,605,575 passengers.
Stansted Express has launched a new First Class Advance rail ticket, with passengers headed to the airport now able to travel for £24. With trains every 15 minutes between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport, the Stansted Express not only offers customers a frequent service, but also travel on one of the most modern train fleets in the country, which include free Wi-Fi, free charge points and an at seat trolley service of drinks and snacks.
London Stansted has announced a number of changes to strengthen its senior management team and support the continued growth of the airport following the recent appointment of new chief executive, Andrew Cowan. Martin Jones has been appointed commercial director responsible for retail, car parking and business development.
London Stansted’s transformation programme enters its latest phase as a number of new multi-million pound projects to enhance customer service and security at the airport get underway ahead of the main summer getaway. The new developments help build short and medium term operational capacity at the airport to keep pace with increasing passenger demand.
Andrew Cowan, currently chief strategy officer of MAG, has been appointed divisional chief executive of London Stansted Airport. Cowan will take up his role at the UK’s fourth largest airport on April 1st and lead a team of over 1,400 employees.
Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise agreement to bring Hampton by Hilton to the UK’s fourth largest airport. The agreement has been signed with strategic developers Urban&Civic, who secured planning permission to build a new £45 million 357-bed hotel next to the terminal of London Stansted Airport.
Stansted Airport has topped 22 million passengers a year for the first time in over six years - and just eight months since passing the 20 million a year milestone - as the total number of passengers passing through the terminal increased by 15.8 per cent in the last 12 months. The number of passengers using Stansted during September increased by nine per cent over the same month last year as the airport served over two million passengers for the fifth consecutive month, the first time this has been achieved since 2008.
London Stansted enjoyed its busiest July in seven years, as the launch of Thomas Cook’s trio of new long-haul flights and the summer getaway helped contribute to over two million passengers passing through the airport. In total, 2.19 million passengers travelled through in July 2015, up 12.5 per cent on the same month last year and an increase of more than 240,000 passengers. It was the busiest July since 2008.
Stansted Airport saw more than two million passengers pass through the terminal in June 2015, up 11 per cent the same month last year and an increase of more than 200,000 passengers. It was the airport’s busiest June since 2008. The total number of passengers flying from Stansted in the year rose to 21.5 million, an increase of 16.5 per cent over the previous 12 months, the highest annual rate of growth of any major UK airport.
Stansted Airport welcomed nearly one million more passengers in the first three months of 2015 over the same period last year as annual passenger numbers at the UK’s fastest growing airport increased by 16.3 per cent. The airport served over 20.9 million passengers in the 12 months ending March 2015. During March, the airport saw over 1.67 million passengers pass through the terminal, up 24 per cent on the same month last year and the tenth consecutive month of double digit growth at Stansted.