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Stansted airport records its busiest summer season

Stansted airport has had its busiest summer on record. Photo: Stansted Airport

Stansted in Essex had 7.6 million passengers pass through its gates between June and August making it the airport's busiest ever summer.

August was also the busiest single month on record at Stansted with 2.7 million passengers, up 9.9% over the same month in 2016.

Stansted has seen more than 25 million passengers in the 12 months to the end of August. That is a rise of 6% on the previous year.

Stansted airport saw 7.6 million passengers through the terminal between June and August. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“The summer schedule was boosted by new flights and holidays from plus more passengers than ever flying with Ryanair.

"Long-haul flights to destinations such as Orlando and Cancun also proved popular.

“This record breaking growth highlights more passengers than ever are choosing Stansted as their gateway to and from the Eastern region and London, and we are working hard to add even more choice and new routes.”

– Martin Jones, Commercial Director, Stansted
Stansted is planning to build a new £130m arrivals hall. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The airport also had its busiest single day for the second month running as 94,785 passengers passed through the terminal on 14 August.

The top ten busiest ever days at Stansted are now all recorded in July and August this year.

Stansted is planning to build a new £130 million arrivals hall.