Bumper Easter getaway boosts London Stansted
• 2.4 million passengers pass through terminal during April
• Easter Monday busiest day of the year so far
• 12-month passenger total now stands at more than 25.8 million
• Key role supporting Sudan evacuation flights and arrival of Coronation guests
A bumper Easter getaway boosted London Stansted’s traffic figures for April as the airport welcomed more than 2.4 million passengers during the month.
The monthly total was up 16% on April 2022, with the airport also experiencing its busiest day of the year so far with 87,000 passing through the terminal on Easter Monday.
The top three most popular countries during the month were Spain, Italy and Germany, while the busiest routes during April were Dublin, Istanbul and Edinburgh.
The variety of popular destinations reflects the fact Stansted has more direct flights to European destinations than any other UK airport.
The total number of passengers that passed through the airport in the 12-months ending April 2023 now stands at 25.8 million, an increase of 111% on the previous year’s total.
Security performance during April remained positive, with an 98% of passengers on average passing safely through security in 15 minutes or less.
Gareth Powell, London Stansted’s Managing Director, said:
“I’m delighted we were able to offer our passengers a really smooth airport experience in April, particularly during the very busy Easter holidays.
"We were able to achieve this thanks for great teamwork, planning and cooperation with all our partner organisations right across the airport.
“April was our busiest month since September last year, and we expect demand to continue to rise as we head towards what could be the airport’s busiest summer ever, so our hard work is on-going to ensure we are fully prepared.
“During the month, our passengers had the choice of 17 more destinations than were available last April.
"This offer was boosted by a number of exciting new additions to our already extensive European route network, as well as Emirates adding a second daily flight to Dubai to keep pace with the significant demand for long-haul services that exits across our region.
“On top of helping millions of passengers get away on holiday or visit family and friends, I’m also very proud of the role the airport played in facilitating numerous evacuation flights carrying British nationals safely home from Sudan, and also the huge logistical operation we successfully delivered to welcome many heads of state arriving for the coronation of King Charles III.”