Despite an end to direct New York City-area flights, and an impending end to the London-Chicago route, the London International Airport is celebrating high-flying passenger numbers for last year.
Nearly half a million passengers–481,943–used YXU in 2015, an increase of 5,300 over the year prior, and also an all-time high in the airport’s 76 year history.
In terms of revenue, this translated to more than $10.8 million last year, a $200,000 improvement over 2014.
“We’re progressing on the right pack,” the airport’s president and CEO, Michael Seabrook, said Thursday afternoon. “our focus continues to be providing passengers with an ‘easy and comfortable’ experience and this approach is fueling our growth. We know that passengers like the convenience of not driving to Toronto or Detroit, and the ease of being home just minutes after landing.”
Even with the cancellation of the Newark and Chicago routes, both serviced by United, London International Airport still connects travelers to hubs like Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and soon Vancouver, as well as sunnier destinations like Florida, Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
Seabrook said he’s disappointed with the loss of the United, and indicated that while the airport is courting potential American replacement airlines, bolstering ongoing service–which has increased capacity this year–is the priority.
“We’re pleased with the 2015 results,” Seabrook said. “It was a good year–and we believe our best years are still ahead of us. Our role is (to) provide the right environment for the aviation sector to prosper at our airport and the right passenger experience that encourages more people from London and area to ‘start here and go anywhere.'”