Airport passenger data reveals year-on-year increase through terminal

PUBLISHED: 08:13 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:13 20 August 2018

What the entrance to the new immigration hall could look like. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT

What the entrance to the new immigration hall could look like. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT

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Stansted Airport had its busiest July ever with more than 2.7 million passengers travelling through the airport, according to new figures.

A computer-generate image of external view of the new arrivals building and plaza. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORTA computer-generate image of external view of the new arrivals building and plaza. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT

According to the airport, the total passenger numbers for the past 12 months has almost hit 27 million.

This is an increase of 7.4 per cent on July 2017, despite airline industrial action, ongoing weather disruption and air traffic challenges across Europe throughout the month.

The destination countries recording the largest growth in terms of passengers flown were Spain, France and Germany.

The chief executive of Stansted Airport, Ken O’Toole, said: “July is always a very busy month for us and this year we have welcomed a record number of passengers to the airport.

What the international arrivals concourse could look like. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORTWhat the international arrivals concourse could look like. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT

“We work hard to ensure that going into the peak season our passengers have the best possible service and this year we introduced a number of improvements to our operation including recruiting more security staff, the introduction of new airport ambassador roles, creating more check-in desks, improved access to the forecourt and the opening of a new 350-seat restaurant.

“Over the next five years we are investing £600million in transforming the airport experience for passengers, the main elements of which will be the construction of a new arrivals terminal, a re-vamp of the existing terminal, upgrades to the baggage system and more car parking spaces.”

July was also a busy month for cargo traffic, with more than 22,000 tonnes of goods passing through the dedicated cargo facilities, an increase of 4.5 per cent on July 2017. This brings the rolling 12-month total to nearly 262,000 tonnes.

Mr O’Toole added: “With limited spare capacity at other airports in the south east, Stansted will deliver 50 per cent of London’s expected passenger growth over the next decade. Given this anticipated growth, we have applied for permission to raise the number of passengers we serve to 43 million a year, with a firm commitment to do so without any additional flights or noise impacts beyond our current permissions.”

The consultation period for the airport’s application to increase its passenger numbers ends on August 30 and is lodged with Uttlesford District Council.

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