Robust progress on leisure routes together with Mykonos, Skiathos and Florence helped tip London Metropolis Airport to its busiest-ever month in July.
A complete of 490,819 passengers selected London’s most central airport, 4 per cent up (or 19,300 passengers) in comparison with July final 12 months, which beforehand held the 32-year report.
It means the airport is on observe to welcome over 5 million annual passengers by the top of the 12 months for the primary time.
Throughout July, house service British Airways, which has broadened its vary of leisure routes from London Metropolis Airport, noticed a big enhance in numbers on Greek island routes, with Skiathos passengers up 51 per cent year-on-year and Mykonos up 39 per cent.
In style metropolis break vacation spot, Florence, additionally noticed a 9 per cent improve in passengers.
The airline began a brand new path to Cut up in Croatia on 21st June, becoming a member of present sun-seeker locations together with Ibiza, Malaga, Mallorca and Bergerac.
Buoyant load components on LOT Polish Airways’ new routes – Budapest, Warsaw and Vilnius – additionally boosted numbers, together with extra capability on flights operated by Dutch flag service, KLM.
The enhance to leisure site visitors displays an ongoing development at London Metropolis Airport, with extra holidaymakers selecting the comfort of the East London airport, in addition to individuals visiting mates and relations both in London, the remainder of the UK, or abroad.
Final 12 months, Civil Aviation Authority survey knowledge recognized that the proportion of enterprise and leisure passengers is now evenly cut up, 50/50.
Richard Hill, chief industrial officer at London Metropolis Airport, mentioned: “The summer season peak has delivered record-breaking passenger numbers, with continued demand from enterprise and leisure travellers for the pace, comfort and buyer expertise of London’s most central airport, with a selection of 44 locations.
“The enhance in numbers throughout July displays an ongoing development in direction of welcoming extra leisure travellers, together with East Londoners and their households utilizing the airport on their doorstep.
“As we proceed with a £500 million transformation, this achievement marks the newest progress in direction of being a London gateway for everybody.”
Along with the busiest ever month, the airport additionally skilled its busiest day on report, on Monday, July 15th, when 20,487 passengers both arrived at, or departed from, London Metropolis Airport.
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