1.2 million more airline seats on offer compared to summer 2017

  • Stansted sees strongest growth of any London airport
  • Five new airlines including Emirates, Primera Air, and WOW air
  • New services to Dubai, New York, Boston, Washington and Toronto

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 per cent year-on-year increase in demand for runway slots, compared to 1.4 per cent at Heathrow, 2.1 per cent at Gatwick and 3.3 per cent at Luton.

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.

Existing carriers will also offer more destinations and increased capacity this summer including Ryanair’s new services to Rimini and Belfast plus Jet2.com’s new routes to Nice, Naples, Malta, Bodrum, Almeria, Thessaloniki, Kefalonia and Verona. Thomas Cook will operate its long-haul programme to Orlando, Las Vegas and Cancun from July in addition to re-commencing flights to Tunisia.

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.

Ken O’Toole, CEO of London Stansted, said:

“The start of the summer schedule is always a really exciting time at the airport but this year is extra special given the growth in passenger choice we’re seeing at London Stansted. London Stansted will be the fastest growing London airport in 2018. This summer alone we will offer more than 10.8 million seats to over 190 destinations, an increase of 1.2 million compared to 2017. We’re also welcoming five new airlines to Stansted, taking the total to 22 and doubling the number of airlines using the airport since acquisition by MAG.

“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 percent 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.

“We’ve also begun the first phase of our £600 million investment programme which will provide additional check-in desks, extra seating as well as more car and aircraft parking to cater for increased demand and enhance the passenger experience.

“Through our ambitious route development and investment plans, and with more and more airlines recognising the great opportunity Stansted offers, the airport will make an even greater contribution to improving the UK’s connectivity with the rest of the world.”