A record number of people took to the skies during October as half-term holidays and final weeks of the airlines’ summer timetable boosted passenger traffic at Stansted Airport.

The airport rounded-off the summer flying schedule by achieving its busiest ever October as over 2.3 million passengers passed through the terminal during the month, up by nearly 160,000 and 7.3% on last year.

The total number of passengers passing through the airport in the 12 months to October 2017 rose to more than 25.8 million passengers, up 7.1% and an increase of 1.7 million passengers over the previous year.

London Stansted’s commercial director, Martin Jones, said: "October this year was the busiest on record for the month with demand boosted by a strong performance during the final weeks of the summer schedule and an increase in the number of people heading overseas for half-term.

“Since MAG acquired the airport in 2013, we have now welcomed over 100 million passengers, a fantastic achievement and a clear reflection of the demand that exists across our region for convenient and affordable flight options and the growing choice of destinations on offer at Stansted."