Stansted will support London’s future growth, manager says

London’s Stansted Airport has a vital role to play in boosting the capital’s economic activity and supporting future growth, its managing director has claimed.

Andrew Harrison’s comments come after it was revealed that the flight hub last month enjoyed its busiest April since the recession started in 2008. According to independent.ie, over 1.72 million people passed through its terminals throughout the month, marking a 10.7 per cent rise from the same period in 2013.

The latest figures also show that 18.16 million people used the airport in the space of 12 months, representing an increase of 3.4 per cent from the previous year. This is the first time the rolling annual total has exceeded 18 million since December 2011, ipswichstar.com reports.

Mr Harrison said of the success: “To see Stansted experience its busiest April for six years and to once again break through the 18m passengers a year barrier is a key milestone in our growth plans for the airport.

“We enjoyed a very busy Easter and start to the summer season as our airline partners launched even more new services across Europe and encouraged more passengers to make Stansted their airport of choice.

Thomas Cook also announced this week that it will soon introduce a range of new transatlantic routes from Stansted. From July next year, passengers will able to fly to Las Vegas, Orlando and Cancun.