Stansted Airport in Essex has seen a record breaking year in 2016 following its busiest ever December.
More than 1.85 million passengers passed through Stansted in December, up by 146,000 and 8.5% on 2015. The previous December record was 1.76 million passengers set in 2006.
Stansted is the UK’s fourth busiest airport and saw its highest annual total of passengers. That is despite a 13% fall in the number of flights.
There were 24.3 million passengers in 2016 beating the previous high of 23.8 million set in 2007.
Top five growth destinations from Stansted
- Italy (up 429,000 passengers compared with 2105)
- Scotland (up 334,000)
- Spain (up 252,000)
- Poland (up 169,000)
- Germany (up 155,000)
Stansted recently announced plans for a new £130 million arrivals building to cater for the growing numbers of passengers and further improve the passenger experience.