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Busy December caps record year at Stansted airport

Stansted airport in Essex has more passengers in 2016 than it has ever before. Photo: PA Wire

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.

23.4 million passengers used Stansted airport in Essex in 2016. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“The last 12 months have been a very exciting and significant period in Stansted’s development as we achieved a number of significant milestones and continued to grow our passenger numbers.

“We are now serving more passengers than at any time in the airport’s history, adding over 1.75 million passengers in the last year alone, but doing it in a more efficient and sustainable way that has enabled us to beat the previous passenger record set in 2007 but with 25,000 fewer flights."

– Andrew Cowan, Chief Executive Officer, Stansted Airport
Stansted CEO Andrew Cowan said Ryanair had added 1.5 million passengers in 2016 and British Airways had started flying from the airport. Credit: London Stansted Airport

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)
Artist's impression of a new £130 million arrivals building planned for Stansted. Credit: London Stansted Airport

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.

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