London Stansted welcomed more than 2.57 million passengers in May to help the airport reach a new record annual total as over 28.47 million passengers passed through its doors, an increase of 7.3% on the previous 12 months.
Football fans boost passenger numbers at London Stansted
The monthly total was boosted by additional flights to Madrid and Baku as thousands of fans jetted off to both the Champions League and Europa League finals. A number of large aircraft not usually seen at the airport including the A380, Boeing 747s and Airbus A340s, helped 31st May become the busiest ever day in May and the 15th busiest on record at Stansted with 97, 349 passing through the terminal.
The month also saw many families heading off on half-term holidays. Countries recording the highest growth compared to last year were Turkey (26.6%), Netherlands (19.7%) and Portugal (13.9%).
Ken O’ Toole, London Stansted’s CEO, said: "May was another very busy month at London Stansted - the busiest May on record – as we welcomed over 2.57 million passengers to the airport. In addition to the rush of families heading off for the half-term holidays, the airport also played host to thousands of football fans departing to the two major football finals in Baku and Madrid.
"Our priority as an airport is to always offer great service and a safe and reliable flight operation. Working together with partners from across the airport, we successfully managed this complex and challenging period through excellent coordination and cooperation, ensuring the operation went as smoothly as possible and keeping any disruption to our airlines and passengers to a minimum.
"As we head into the main summer season, the focus of the whole team at London Stansted is to continue delivering the best airport experience.
"To help us achieve this aim, we’re taking on more security and customer service staff as well as completing a number of projects associated with our transformation programme, including opening a new multi-storey car park and eight extra aircraft stands plus additional check-in desks and upgraded hold baggage system."
London Stansted is London's third-busiest airport, currently serving around 22 million passengers a year. The airport is ideally located in between the global tech and life science hubs of London and Cambridge.