8 OCTOBER 2018
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The loss of Primera Air is likely to be especially keenly felt at Stansted, where growth in long-haul routes drove the airport to its busiest month to date in August, with 2.98m passengers travelling through.
(see BTN this issue)
The airport said while the most significant contribution to the growth at Stansted was the new daily service to Dubai with Emirates, Primera’s new routes to New York and Toronto had added “significant numbers of passengers” compared with last year.
Europe flights were also popular with Budapest, Lisbon, Warsaw and Prague all in the airport’s top 10 growth destinations in August, a month which also saw Stansted serve more than 100,000 passengers in one day for the first time in its history.
Stansted’s successful growth led its owner, MAG, the UK’s largest airport group, to grow by 3.2% year on year in its busiest month of the year, to serve 6.7m passengers in the month.
Until the Primera collapse, Stansted said, the growth moved MAG within touching distance of serving a milestone 60m passengers in a year for the first time in its history, a mark it expected to pass in September.
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