London Stansted Airport completed a record breaking 2016 with its busiest ever December as the great Christmas getaway and record high aircraft load factors boosted passenger numbers during the month. A total of over 1.85 million passengers passed through Stansted during the period, up by 146,000 or 8.5 per cent on last year, and surpassing the previous record for December of 1.76 million passengers set in 2006.
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays is adding four new routes, extra capacity and more aircraft to its operations at Stansted Airport. Ahead of its first flights launching from London Stansted on March 30th, the leisure airline has confirmed the addition of new routes Antalya, Corfu, Dalaman and Split.
Winter sports fans will have a direct gateway to some of Europe’s top snow resorts from Stansted tomorrow with the launch of new British Airways flights to the French Alpine city of Chambery. The well-timed weekend flights will give customers easy access to some of the top snow and ski resorts like Val d’Isere, La Plagne, Meribel and Courchevel.
London Stansted Airport has today unveiled plans for a new £130 million arrivals building to significantly improve the passenger experience. The building is the latest phase in the multi-million pound transformation programme by MAG to support future growth at the airport and attract new passengers and airlines.
Heathrow welcomed a record 5.72 million passengers in November, up 2.5 per cent on last year, alongside a 4.4 per cent growth in cargo volumes. At the same time, London Stansted recorded its busiest ever November as over 1.7 million passengers passed through the terminal during the month, an increase of 2.3 per cent over the same month last year.
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.