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Stansted Airport important to future increased connectivity for the UK

At Car Hire Stansted Airport they are pleased to read the news that the airport they serve is increasing in passenger numbers.

Increased passenger numbers at Stansted Airport during June has been the highest the airport has experienced for any month in the last eight years. Stansted Airport is owned by Manchester Airports Group (MAG) and they are delighted with the news considering there were 88 flights cancelled due to French air traffic control strike action.

Andrew Harrison, pictured, Stansted’s managing director, said “The continuing growth of passenger numbers at Stansted clearly demonstrates just how far the airport has come since being acquired by MAG last year. To experience our highest monthly rate of growth since 2006 is a fantastic achievement and sends a loud and positive message that Stansted is changing for the better. Stansted has a critical role to play in the coming years in meeting the UK’s need to increase connectivity. As the only airport in the congested South East with significant room to grow, it’s vital we make the most of the infrastructure we already have.”

Even though not in the Airport Commission’s plans for airport expansion, there is still the consideration to increase airport capacity and Mr Harrison added, “To this end, we will shortly begin consulting with our local communities on our proposed Sustainable Development Plan that considers the benefits and effects of how the airport might develop to make full use of the existing runway. We have planning permission for 35m passengers a year but could provide additional capacity with relatively low impacts, high benefits and supporting the UK’s economic growth ambitions in the most cost effective and sustainable way.”