The new schedule from London Stansted will see daily flights to Keflavik depart at 11:20, allowing passengers to make onward connections to the US and Canada.
MAG, the operator of Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports, saw continuing growth in November as new long-haul routes saw its airports serve 7.7 per cent more passengers than in the same month last year.
London Stansted’s planning application to increase the number of passengers it is permitted to serve to 43 million a year has been approved by Uttlesford District Council.
London Stansted has recorded its busiest ever October as over 2.5 million passengers used the airport, an increase of 8.8 per cent on last year.
MAG, the operator of Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports, has served 60 million passengers a year for the first time in its history.
Four new aircraft parking stands have become operational at London Stansted, marking the completion of the first phase of airfield works as part of a £600 million transformation programme at the airport.
Steve Griffiths was most recently chief operating officer for the London Underground at Transport for London and previously chief operating officer for Virgin Atlantic Airways.
London Stansted is aiming to secure direct services to at least 25 new long-haul destinations over the next five years, with a strong focus on the Far East, India, north America and the Middle East.
London Stansted’s long-haul routes drove it to its busiest ever month in August, with 2.98 million passengers travelling through the airport.
Ryanair has released data which the airline argues shows it, and London Stansted Airport, are being discriminated against by the UK air traffic control provider, NATS.
Primera Air’s latest long-haul route from London Stansted has taken to the skies with the launch of its new five flights a week service to Washington Dulles Airport.