High load factors helped give Stansted a record November with more than 1.7 million passengers using the airport.

The increase of 2.3% over the same month last year enabled the airport’s rolling annual passenger total to rise by 7.8% to 24.17million over the previous 12 month period.

An average 87.3% of available seats occupied on each flight during the period, another record for the month of November.

Stansted chief executive, Andrew Cowan, said: “The first full month of the airlines’ winter flight schedules produced another solid performance in terms of passenger growth and the busiest November for the airport on record.

“Strong average load factors continue to drive the increase in passenger volumes while the airport’s significant and high-value cargo operation also recorded another positive month of growth.”