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London Stansted expecting busiest weekend of the year


London Stansted expects to set a yearly traffic high this weekend when some 90,000 passengers pass through its facilities.

The UK airport expects the start of the half-term holidays for schools to result in winter sun-seekers and skiers being among the passengers who will be departing from the airport between February 11-13.

The numbers are in stark contrast to the 2,000 passengers who flew out of the airport during the same weekend last year.

Friday, February 11, is set to be the busiest day when 31,000 passengers are expected to fly out, the day UK COVID travel testing restrictions are eased.

Over the full 10-day half-term period from Friday (February 11) to Sunday, February 20, London Stansted will welcome more than 500,000 passengers (275,000 departing, 220,000 arriving).

Winter sun destinations in Spain and ski resorts in France and Italy are the most popular destinations.

Stansted’s operations director, Nick Millar, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming thousands of passengers through our doors, especially those looking forward to a long-awaited and well-deserved holiday abroad. We expect the airport to be very busy over half-term and we will be doing all we can to make sure everyone has a great start to their holiday.

“Our advice to anyone flying out over this period is to leave plenty of time to get to the airport, check the entry requirements for the country you are visiting, including paperwork and testing requirements and familiarising yourselves with all the usual security rules when passing through the airport by visiting our website stanstedairport.com.

“We understand many people haven’t flown in a long time due to the pandemic, but our passengers can be reassured we have committed to implementing the highest quality COVID-19 safety measures across London Stansted.”

As London Stansted continues to recover from the pandemic, a major recruitment drive has been launched in advance of what is predicted to be a busy summer season.

The airport is holding its first face-to-face Jobs Fair in more than two years on Wednesday, February 9, at the Hampton by Hilton hotel.

Around 150 security officer roles will be showcased along with hundreds of jobs with more than a dozen other companies operating at the airport.

The event will be attended by airlines, ground handlers, aviation contractors, and service providers.

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