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Stansted Airport has busiest November in almost a decade

The staff at Car Hire Stansted Airport have been rushed off their feet and it is easy to know why.

It has been eight years since Stansted Airport achieved the last record for November, this time passenger numbers were up 26%. The number of travellers soared to 1.59 million, an increase of 327,000 compared to the same month last year.

Andrew Harrison, Stansted’s managing director, said “The significant increase in the number of passengers flying through Stansted reflects the growing confidence of our airline partners as many maintain summer flight frequencies and extend their peak flying schedules into the winter season. The very strong monthly performance and the double digit annual growth not only ensures Stansted remains the fastest growing airport in the London system but is also a clear demonstration that under MAG’s ownership, the airport is being successfully transformed so it can attract more passengers and airlines and play an increasingly vital role in providing important international air connectivity over the next two decades.”

The total number of passengers flying through the airport in the year rose to over 19.7 million, which were a jump of 11.2% over the previous 12 months and the highest rate of growth at any London airport.

The amount of cargo also increased during the period with November 2014 volumes up by 15.8% against the same month last year. Total cargo tonnage for the past 12 months increased to over 221,000 at an annual rate of growth of 3.4%.

The big increase in the number of passengers using Stansted is the result of flight frequencies on many key routes across Europe not reducing as is often the case during the off-peak season.