London Stansted celebrates 25 million passengers by surprising two holidaymakers with free flights

London Stansted has welcomed its 25 millionth passenger to pass through the airport in the last year, the first time the UK’s fourth busiest airport has achieved this significant milestone in its history.

To help celebrate reaching the major landmark, two holidaymakers were surprised with two free flights with Ryanair from London Stansted.

The lucky passengers were Millie Hughes from Braintree and Thea Towers from Chelmsford who were delighted to be presented with a pair of return tickets with Ryanair to any destination on their route network when they checked in for their flight to Palma Majorca last Thursday morning.

Thea and friend Millie are regular users of Stansted and were thrilled to be the airport’s milestone passengers.

We are truly gobsmacked to be Stansted’s 25 millionth passengers, and to win two free flights has really made this a brilliant day and a fantastic way to start our week away.
Thea Towers
To welcome 25 million passengers to Stansted in the last year is a fantastic achievement and a clear reflection of the significant and sustained growth we have experienced at the airport in the four years under MAG’s ownership.


“I’d like to thank all 25 million passengers for choosing Stansted in the last 12 months and for helping us achieve this historic milestone, and our highly successful and valued airline partners for driving the growth through their commitment to the airport.  I’d also like to pay tribute to our hard-working and loyal staff who have all played their part in helping make Stansted the huge success story it is today.


“With over 190 destinations now available across our extensive and growing route network, and our busiest ever summer season well underway, we expect to welcome around 26.5 million passengers by the end of the financial year as even more passengers choose to fly from Stansted.
Andrew Cowan, Stansted Airport’s CEO
As London Stansted’s largest airline, Ryanair is pleased to help the airport deliver record passenger numbers and celebrate carrying 25m annual passengers the first time.  Since our first Stansted flight in 1989, Ryanair has carried over 230m passengers through the airport and we currently offer over 140 Stansted routes. We look forward to continuing to grow our traffic and network at our largest airport base.
Ryanair’s CMO, Kenny Jacobs