Published on Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Southend Airport announces big leap in passenger numbers

Passenger numbers at Southend Airport rose 42% year-on-year in the six months to the end of August following the launch of Ryanair flights in April, Loganair flights in May and the continued expansion of easyJet's services.

Next month, budget airline Wizz Air will start flying to three new destinations, which will further boost passenger numbers at Southend Airport in line with parent Stobart Group's target of reaching five million passengers a year by February 2023.

Stobart said it is expecting a total of 2.3 million passengers to use the airport in the full year to the end of February 2020, a 53% rise year on year.

Stobart Group CEO Warwick Brady said the airport had made 'considerable progress', particularly in terms of passenger numbers.

"I am particularly encouraged by the quality of airline partners that we are now working with and the opportunity that brings to deliver future sustainable operating profits," he added.

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