Published on : Saturday, January 13, 2018
Around 454,000 travellers were handled by the Cornish airport last year and in 2016 it abolished an unpopular £5 charge for departing passengers.
Since 2015 the passenger numbers have doubled but still amount to only two days’ traffic at Heathrow.
However, Heathrow and Gatwick airports still dominate in terms of passenger numbers.
Britain’s top six airports battled for the fastest growth with a narrow victory for Edinburgh and Luton at 8.6 per cent, just ahead of Manchester.
Gatwick and Heathrow have maintained their positions as the world’s busiest one- and two-runway airports respectively.
Edinburgh was in the sixth place and opened 32 new international routes.
The passenger numbers rose to 13.4 million despite a small decline in domestic travellers.
Luton celebrated its 80th anniversary this year, handled 15.7 million passengers, he airport grew strongly despite the collapse in October of Monarch.
Nick Barton, the airport’s chief executive, said that throughout 2018, passengers will see the airport transformed after the officially opening of their new terminal.
But Luton stood distant fifth behind Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Stansted.
It was reported that Heathrow saw 78 million passengers passing through last year and handled five times as many passengers.
As recommended by the Davis Commission the government has confirmed its support for a third runway at Heathrow.
Gatwick reported a 5.2 per cent rise in passenger numbers, with a total of 45.6 million in 2017 exceeding the Davies Commission’s estimate of the airport’s capacity, assessed at 45 million.
Gatwick’s chief executive, Stewart Wingate said that we have ambitious plans to build on the success achieved in 2017 and reach 50 million passengers per year.
Manchester took the position of the UK’s third-biggest airport with 8.5 per cent growth and handling 27.8 million passengers.
Stansted stood fourth showing a growth of 6.5 per cent to 25.9 million and its capacity was currently capped at 35 million.