400,000 expected to fly out over half-term


400,000 passengers are expected to fly from London Stansted during the October half-term holiday, as families take the opportunity to head away for some autumn sunshine.

In total, more than 800,000* passengers are expected to pass through the airport between Friday, October 21, and Sunday, October 30.

Friday, October 21, is predicted to be the busiest day, which coincides with schools across the region breaking up for the holiday.

Turkey, the Canaries, Spain, and Portugal are the top destinations for short-haul holidays, while Dubai is popular for long-haul trips.

Ahead of the getaway, the airport is encouraging passengers to take some simple steps to help their journey through the terminal go as smoothly as possible.

Jonathan Fowler, London Stansted’s Chief Operating Officer, said:

“Following on from what was our busiest summer season for three years, and a period where we were able to deliver a stable and resilient operation with few flight cancellations and short queue times, we are now gearing up for what we anticipate to being a very busy half-term holiday at London Stansted as many people take advantage of this opportunity to catch some last-minute sun before winter arrives.

“We expect more than 800,000 passengers to pass through Stansted during the week, so to minimise any unnecessary delays at the airport, we recommend that passengers prepare for the security checks before leaving home and follow their airline’s advice about when to arrive at the terminal for check-in or bag drop to make sure their holidays get off to a stress-free and enjoyable start. Passengers should also check for any road or rail disruptions that could affect their journey to and from the airport and allow more time if necessary.”

Full details of what passengers can carry through security as hand baggage are available on the website. http://www.stanstedairport.com/at-the-airport/security/

    * 829, 000 passengers in total are expected to use the airport between 21-30 Oct. 413,000 arriving passengers and 416,000 departing passengers.