Meanwhile, in other airport news, London Stansted Airport launched its “Stansted in 30” campaign to urge the rail industry and Government to invest to cut journey times on Stansted Express trains to and from the capital to 30 minutes.

It currently takes 45 minutes to cover the 35 miles between the airport and London Liverpool Street.

The airport authority claims that reducing journey times between the airport and London will boost Stansted’s ability to compete and bring significant benefits to communities up and down the line.

Stansted’s Managing Director, Nick Barton, said:

“I’m very proud that nearly 49% of our passengers already use public transport to get to and from the airport – the highest of any major UK airport.

“But we can’t maintain or build on this success without major rail investment, which has to be included in the Government’s policy announcement this summer.”

Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive at London Chamber of Commerce and Industry commented:

“Better and faster rail access to London’s airports such as Stansted creates the connectivity our international trading partners in European and emerging markets require to do business in London.

“With the Government keen to see more inward investment and increased exports, slashing journey times to London’s airports is vital to boosting growth and productivity in London and the UK as a whole.”