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15 August, 2018 - 14:09 By Kate Sweeney

Record July reported by London Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport saw more than 2.7 million passengers travel through the airport in July as the summer holiday season got underway.

This was an increase of 7.4 per cent on July of last year despite airline industrial action, ongoing weather disruption and air traffic challenges across Europe throughout the month. 

The destination countries recording the largest growth in terms of passengers flown were Spain, France and Germany.

The record July helped boost total passenger numbers for the past 12 months to just under 27 million, a 7.3 per cent increase on the previous year.

July was also a busy month for cargo traffic, with more than 22,000 tonnes of goods passing through the dedicated cargo facilities, an increase of 4.5 per cent on July 2017. This brings the rolling 12-month total to nearly 262,000 tonnes.

Chief executive Ken O’Toole (pictured), said: “July is always a very busy month for us. We always work hard to ensure that going into the peak season our passengers have the best possible service and this year we introduced a number of improvements to our operation including recruiting more security staff, the introduction of new airport ambassador roles, creating more check-in desks, improved access to the forecourt and the opening of a new 350-seat restaurant.”

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