Stansted Airport Welcomed 2.48 Million Global Passengers in April – Travel And Tour World

London Stansted experienced a robust start to 2024, which persisted through April as the airport set new records for both passenger and cargo volumes.

In April, Stansted saw 2.48 million passengers, marking its busiest April ever and surpassing the previous record from 2019 by over 90,000 passengers. This represents a 5.5% increase compared to April 2023.

Over the past 12 months ending in April, the airport handled 28.64 million passengers, showing a 10.8% rise from the previous year.

The airport’s cargo operations also reached a milestone, with more than 27,000 tonnes of freight moving through in April—the highest monthly total to date. This service is crucial for connecting London and the East of England’s business sectors with markets in Europe, the USA, and across both the Far and Middle East.

This connectivity is essential for the Greater Cambridge area’s business ecosystem, aiding a broad spectrum of industries in global trading and supporting international e-commerce.

Operational efficiency in April was notable, with 98% of departing passengers clearing security in 15 minutes or less, and average wait times of just three minutes during peak departure times.

Gareth Powell, London Stansted’s Managing Director, said:

“April was another very strong month for London Stansted with both passenger and cargo numbers hitting new highs, thanks to our extensive passenger route network, the efficiency and simplicity of the airport’s operation and the global connectivity provided by our cargo carriers.

“The Easter holidays at the start of the month were particularly busy, but thanks to the dedication and teamwork shown by colleagues right across the airport, we were able to deliver a smooth airport journey for our passengers.

“In addition to our passenger services, the record volumes of freight passing through Stansted is yet another indication of the vital role the airport plays in supporting the economic success of the region we serve.

“The freight and mail operations here not only support the next day delivery service so many of us now take for granted when shopping, but it also enables businesses from London to Cambridge, and right across the East of England, to serve international markets and increase global trade, generate new business and create more jobs via the convenience of a major international airport at the heart of the region. 

“Looking ahead, later this month we have the half-term holidays, so we are now fully focused on maintaining our operational performance as we prepare to welcome the hundreds of thousands of people heading away, plus the large number of overseas visitors choosing London Stansted as their gateway to London, the East of England and beyond.”

 Harriet Fear MBE, Director at Cambridge&, commenting on the record-breaking numbers and the importance of the airport’s freight operation, said:

“London Stansted is widely recognised as being crucially important to the economic success of the East of England through its extensive and growing passenger operation. The record-breaking freight figures demonstrate that it also plays a key role in the movement of goods and products across the world.

“With Stansted on Cambridge’s doorstep, businesses in the Greater Cambridge ecosystem are able to quickly and conveniently connect to markets across Europe and the Middle East directly for passenger travel and from a freight perspective also to the US and Asia, meaning truly global connectivity.”

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