London Stansted Airport has confirmed it busiest ever calendar year, despite a dip in numbers during December following the cancellation of hundreds of flights by its biggest operator, Ryanair.
Major international carrier Emirates is to launch a daily route from London Stansted, becoming the first Middle Eastern airline to operate from the fast-growing airport.
Stansted Airport has scaled-back its expansion plans with a pledge to achieve is growth ambitions without seeking any increase in the number of flights it is allowed to handle.
For the past four years, Ken O’Toole has been chief executive at Manchester Airport, currently the biggest operation within the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) in terms of passenger numbers.
Stansted Airport has broken another record after seeing its busiest-ever September, with more than 2.45m passengers passing through its terminal last month.