12 Oct London Stansted passenger numbers boosted by surge in demand for late summer sun
London Stansted welcomed a record number of passengers in September as the summer getaway showed no signs of letting up beyond the peak holiday season.
Stansted saw nearly 2.7 million passengers pass through the terminal during the month, up 9.2 per cent on last year and the busiest ever September in the airport’s history.
As more families without school-aged children, couples and groups created a surge in demand for competitively priced holidays on offer at numerous hotspots across the Mediterranean and beyond, the destinations recording the largest growth compared to September 2017 included:
- Antalya (Turkey), +57 per cent
- Nice (France), +55 per cent
- Arrecife (Lanzarote) +48 per cent
- Rhodes (Greece) +46 per cent
- Paphos (Cyprus) +46 per cent
- Alicante (Spain) +39 per cent
In addition, Emirates service to Dubai continues to prove extremely popular, particularly with businesses across the East of England, with demand boosted by the strength of Emirates global network of over 155 destinations via its hub in Dubai.
The rolling 12-month total to September 2018 increased by 6.9 per cent over the previous year to 27.4 million passengers.