STANSTED Airport is celebrating after achieving record passenger numbers in January.

More than 1.8 million passengers passed through the airport last month, a 3.3 per cent increase on the same period last year.

The airport is preparing for another year of record growth, with work beginning on the £600 million Stansted Transformation Programme, the biggest upgrade in facilities since 1991.

Ken O’Toole, CEO of Stansted, said: "We have a significant year ahead of us, with new airlines and long-haul routes starting, as well as ambitious plans to upgrade our facilities.

"With Stansted being the only London airport with significant available runway capacity we’re focused on investing in our facilities and ensuring we provide the best passenger experience.”