2023 opens with strongest performance since pandemic


•             Stansted served 1.82 million passengers in January, equal to 94% of pre-pandemic levels

•             Highest percentage achieved since the lifting of travel restrictions last year

•             12-month passenger total now stands at more than 24.4 million

London Stansted began the new year as it ended 2022 with another strong passenger and operational performance.

The airport welcomed more than 1.82 million passengers in January 2023, up 173% on the same month last year.

The monthly total was equivalent to 94% of the passengers passing through the airport in January 2019, and the highest monthly percentage achieved in its rapid recovery from the impacts of the pandemic.

The number of passengers using London Stansted in the 12-months ending January 2023 reached 24.4 million, up 217% on the previous year.

Operational performance in January also remained strong, with 99% of departing passengers passing through security in 15 minutes or less.

Gareth Powell, London Stansted’s Managing Director, said:

“I’m really pleased the team here at London Stansted delivered yet another the strong passenger performance in January, achieving 94% of passenger volumes for the same month pre-pandemic, and building on the positive growth we experience last year after travel restrictions we lifted.

 “I’m equally delighted we continue to provide a smooth and efficient security operation for our passengers, which we aim to maintain as we welcome many more passengers this week as they head off on half-term breaks, and as we build up to the peak summer months.

“To meet rising passenger demand, we are recruiting even more colleagues to join our teams, as are many of our business partner across the airport. Last week’s jobs fair proved to be huge success, attracting hundreds of eager job seekers, so our plans to offer the best passenger experience and service as we continue to bounce back are well on-track.”