Stansted Airport reports its busiest-ever January

A aerial view of Stansted Airport.

A aerial view of Stansted Airport. - Credit: Archant

Stansted Airport has reported its busiest-ever January with more than 1.66million passengers passing through its terminal last month.

The figure represents an 11.8% increase on the same month a year ago and takes the airport’s rolling annual passenger total to more than 22.74m, 12% higher compared with the previous 12 months.

Stansted’s previous busiest January was in 2007, when it handled 1.59m passengers. The airport also recently recorded its busiest-ever November and its second-busiest December to finish 2015 with a calendar year passenger total of 22.56m, also the best since 2007.

The airport’s load factor – the percentage of available seats filled – also hit a record high for January last month, reaching 79.2%, against a previous high of 76.1% set last year.

January’s record figures represent a further boost for Stansted, which earlier this week also announced that British Airways is to start flying from the airport for the first time from May.

Andrew Harrison, managing director at Stansted, said: “We have begun the new year very much as we ended 2015, with record numbers of passengers enjoying the vast range of destinations available from Stansted.

“Despite January traditionally being one of the quietest months of the year, Stansted continues to attract an increasing number of passengers from across London and the east of England.”

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He added: “In a further boost to growth, it’s great news we will soon welcome British Airways to Stansted with the launch of its first ever scheduled flights from the airport.

“We are committed to increasing choice and providing our passengers with a broader range of airlines so these new services to popular holiday hotspots are another step in the right direction.”

Cargo business at Stansted also grew last month, to 20,260tonnes, 10% up on January 2015. The rolling annual total now stands at 238,874t, an increase of 4.4% on the previous 12 months.