February was Stansted Airport's busiest month in seven years - according to figures from the airport.
Nearly 1.5 million passengers passed through Stansted in February.
The total number of passengers in the last year was 20.6 million meaning Stansted is now the fastest growing UK airport.
A new rail line into Stansted Airport could benefit the entire region according to transport experts.
A new link between Stansted Airport and Liverpool Street would improve travel times say experts from a global transport consultancy.
The comments from 'Steer Davies Gleave' were made as part of the 14th Stansted Airport Transport Forum.
"A new rail line between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport and onwards to the east and north would significantly improve access times to around 26 minutes to the airport. London - particularly east London - will see significant economic and population growth over the next twenty to thirty years. The same is true of the corridor between London and Cambridge. To support this growth, we urgently need a strategic plan for housing and transport infrastructure. Rail infrastructure development, centred on Stansted, makes good sense and would increase the airport's competitiveness and have wider economic benefits for the East of England region."
More than 100 community representatives, local councillors and public transport professionals attended this year's forum.
More and more passengers are using Stansted Airport according to new figures.
Over 326,000 customers passed through the Essex airport last month - a rise of more than 28% compared with the same time last year.
Stansted handled just over 20 million passengers in the 12 months ending in January - that's a 13% rise.
It's also the first time that the airport has recorded such figures since 2009.
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Stansted airport has issued special guidelines for thousands of passengers heading off for Christmas.
They include not wrapping presents to go in hand luggage.
820,000 people are expected to travel between now and January 2nd.
The most popular destinations are Dublin, Barcelona, the Canary islands and Rome.
Monday 22nd December is predicted to be the busiest day with 37,500 passengers forecast to fly.
"Good preparation is key for any journey and as we approach the busy festive getaway we want to help passengers jet off as effortlessly as possible so we have prepared 12 take off tips to help them on their way."
- Check hand luggage is correct size
- Put hand luggage liquids in clear plastic sealed bags with no container over 100ml
- Visit www.stanstedairport.com/security for up to date advice on what you can take
- Don't wrap presents in hand luggage as they may need to be unwrapped by security
- Crackers and party poppers can't go in hand luggage
- Check timetable alterations for public transport
- Check for planned roadworks and pre-book parking
- Leave plenty of time to get to the airport
- At security - remove all electricals and liquids from hand luggage
- And remove coats, belts and empty pockets
- Once through security - Keep an eye on flight information screens
- When you have a gate number, make your way there
Flights from the region's airports are returning to normal today following a computer failure at the headquarters of UK air traffic control company Nats yesterday. Luton Airport is reporting 'risidual delays' and Stansted is running flights to schedule.
Getting back to normal operations with only a few residual delays.
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Thank you to all our customers for their patience and understanding during yesterday's disruption
Pleased to advise that all flights at Stansted are running to schedule today.
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Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin says he has asked for a full explanation for Friday's "simply unacceptable" aviation disruption caused by a problem at the NATS air traffic control centre in southern England.
Thousands of passengers at Stansted and Luton airports faced delays and cancellations, after London airspace closed for more than an hour on Friday afternoon. The disruption carried on well into the evening.
A spokesperson for NATS said: "We are investigating the cause of this fault but can confirm that it was not due to a power outage."
Air traffic control company NATS warned passenger that it will take some time for flight scheduling to fully recover despite their computer systems having been restored.
Following a technical failure at Swanwick, the system has been restored.
However, it will take time for operations across the UK to recover so passengers should contact their airline for the status of their flight.
We apologise for any delays and the inconvenience this may have caused.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.
All departing flight from Stansted Airport have been suspended due to a computer failure affecting London airspace.
The airport is allowing flights to land, but not to take off currently - although that could soon change.
The issue has been caused by a technical problem at the southern England headquarters of air traffic control company NATS.
NATS now say that the computer system has been restored, but severe delays are still likely.
- Allowing some arrivals but departures are suspended
- Allowing arrivals, all departures delayed
- All departing flights currently suspended
London City Airport
- All incoming flights are landing, no departures until further notice
- Has confirmed flights affected but no more detail