STANSTED has been crowned the fastest growing major
airport for the third year in a row, recording a growth a 17.5% in 2002.

According to figures released by the Airports Council
International, over 16 million passengers used the airport during the year, making
it the 64th busiest in the world.

The airport benefited from the upsurge in low-cost
carriers using Stansted, including Ryanair, EasyJet and Air Berlin.

Stansted business development and planning director
Chris Butler said: “We have well over 100 scheduled destinations available
from Stansted this summer and expect another very busy year.

“To keep pace with continuing demand we have
secured planning permission to develop Stansted to serve 25 million passengers
a year.”