Stansted Airport has just hit a 24 million annual passenger total for only the second time in history as it pushes closer towards a new record.
Nearly 2.2m passengers passed through the airport facilities last month which went down as the second busiest September on record and a 6.9% increase compared to the same month last year. This took the total since September 2015 to September 2016 to 24.009m.
Furthermore this was a 8.4% increase on the year before and was also just 6,000 passengers short from the all time highest record from October 2007.
Last month, 88.5% of all available seats were filled, a record high for the month of September at Stansted. Another increasing factor was cargo volumes which saw more than 21,000 tonnes of goods travelling through the airport in September, bringing the annual total to more than 250,000 tonnes, a 6.5% increase over the previous year.
Stansted Airport Chief Executive Andrew Cowan said: “Stansted Airport has enjoyed a period of rapid and sustained growth in passenger numbers under the ownership of MAG and through long-term deals with key carriers such as Ryanair.
“This month saw us pass yet another significant milestone as we broke through the 24m passengers a year total for only the second time in the airport’s history.
“September was once again a strong month of passenger growth, despite the end of the traditional school holiday getaway, with volumes up nearly seven per cent over the same month last year. This helped push the annual total tantalisingly close to Stansted’s all-time passenger high, a record I’m sure we will pass during this month.”
He added: “In addition to passenger growth, the airport’s substantial cargo operation continues to report increasing volumes with the annual figure for goods and products passing through Stansted now topping 250,000 tonnes for the first time since 2005.”