Britain’s third busiest hub, Stansted Airport, has been named Europe’s central departure point for low cost flights by a new data report.
While Heathrow and Gatwick handle more passengers overall, BAA’s third London hub was claimed to offer more low cost flight departing capacity than any other in Europe by RDC Aviation’s Low Cost Monitor.
The new figures showed that overall European low-cost carrier capacity rose 22 per cent this year on 2006 figures, with low budget options now accounting for some 35 per cent of all intra-European capacity thanks to hubs such as Stansted.
A multi-million pound project for building a second runway at Stansted was recently proposed by operator BAA, claiming that new capacity and expanded flights are needed to meet the 68 million passengers – many of whom are on low cost flights – expected to process through the hub yearly by 2030.
Among the many expanding routes out of London Stansted are the Scandinavian services recently launched by Norwegian to Tromso and Oslo, and the increased frequency of Iceland Express flights to Reykjavik from the Essex airport.
Recent stats from FlightOnTime.info found that the average departure delay for Stansted charter flights was 25.59 minutes, slightly up on figures from 2006 but still below the UK charter flight average.