Ken O’Toole, chief executive of London Stansted Airport
The hub will be the fastest growing London airport in 2018 with 10.8 million seats available throughout the summer.
London Stansted is set to be the fastest growing airport serving the capital in 2018 with over 10.8 million airline seats available across the most extensive summer schedule offered at the airport.
Passengers jetting off will have more choice than ever before as a host of new routes start from Stansted this summer, resulting in more than 1.2 million extra seats on offer compared to summer 2017, by far the highest growth reported at any London airport.
Stansted’s growth this summer will far outstrip that of all other London airports, with a 12.1% year-on-year increase in demand for runway slots, compared to 1.4% at Heathrow, 2.1% at Gatwick and 3.3% at London Luton.
Ken O’ Toole, CEO of London Stansted said: “This is fantastic news for passengers with more choice available than ever before and this big step up in interest is also clear recognition of the opportunity Stansted provides to airlines wanting to serve the London and East of England markets.
“With limited spare capacity at other airports in the South East, Stansted will deliver 50% of London’s expected passenger growth over the next decade. Given this anticipated growth, we expect to reach our current planning cap by the early 2020s.
“That why it’s important we plan ahead to ensure we are well prepared for this growth. Last month we applied for permission to raise the number of passengers we serve to 43 million a year, with a firm commitment to do so without any additional flights or noise impacts beyond our current permissions.”
Stansted will welcome five new airlines this season - Emirates, Primera Air, WOW air, Air Corsica and Widerøe - providing passengers in London and across the Eastern region with even more choice and convenience than ever before to destinations ranging from New York, Washington DC, Boston and Toronto to Dubai, Corsica, Reykjavik and Kristiansand (Norway).
The new daily Emirates service to Dubai will open up more than 100,000 seats in its first year of operation, while Primera Air’s new direct transatlantic routes offers over 200,000 seats to the United States and Canada.
Flights to key business destinations have also increased, including Frankfurt with more than 80,000 additional seats, Dusseldorf with 19,000 more, double the number of seats to Belfast and 30,000 more seats to Munich.
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