London Stansted passed the rolling 29 million passengers a year milestone for the first time in its history following its busiest ever June on record.

ByAndrea Thompson

July 11, 2024

Stansted welcomed 2.8 million passengers in June, an increase of 8.3% on the same month last year, and 153,000 more passengers than the previous busiest ever June in 2019.

During the month Stansted also recorded its first ever 100,000 plus passenger days in the month of June, with more than 100,800 passengers passing through the terminal on 28 June. This was also the third busiest day ever at Stansted.

Operational performance in June remained good with 97% of departing passengers passing through security in 15 minutes or less.

In addition to many people heading off for an early summer holiday, the monthly total was also boosted by thousands of football fans heading to Germany to watch their teams compete at Euro 2024. London Stansted serves 10 German destinations, making all the tournament cities very accessible for England fans plus others based in the UK following their teams.

The airport also played host to Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and his wife Empress Masako, who arrived on 22 June ahead of their three-day state visit to the UK, with the official welcoming party including London Stansted’s Operations Director, Nick Millar.

The top destinations during the month were Dublin, Istanbul and Palma, with the most popular countries being Spain, Italy and Germany.

Nick Millar, London Stansted’s Operations Director, said:

“To pass the 29 million passengers a year milestone for the first time in London Stansted’s history is a fantastic achievement, and testament to the extensive route network we offer, plus the reliability and efficiency of the airport’s terminal and airfield operation.

“Last month was the busiest ever June at Stansted, and the fourth busiest month ever at the airport, as we welcomed more than 2.8 million passengers, including many passengers and young families heading off on early summer holidays, tens of thousands of overseas visitors picking Stansted as their gateway to London and the East of England, plus scores of football fans setting off to the Euros.

“For the first time ever, we also recorded two 100,000 plus days in June, something that has only previously happened at the peak in August. But thanks to the hard work and dedication of all our colleagues, and close collaboration with our partners across the airport, we were able to ensure that even on those busiest of days, our passengers experienced a smooth and easy journey through the terminal.

“As we now ramp up to the main summer getaway, we know demand will increase and even more passengers will be choosing to fly from the airport, so we remain fully focused on doing all we can to get everyone’s journey off to the best possible start when flying from London Stansted.”