Southend Airport continues to grow

Big numbers using Southend Airport

Travel Insurance News - 29/01/2008

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Passenger numbers using Southend Airport last year took a significant jump, with a 61% increase in passenger traffic to 51,169 guests using the facilities in 2007. This marks the fifth year of solid growth at the airport, but never before has the increase been so substantial.

Officials from Southend Airport claim that the huge jumps in passengers are largely due to flights to the Channel Islands, most notably Jersey. Many of London’s other airports have not been able to offer such frequency of flights to places like Jersey, and Southend is filling that gap. With so many more people coming through the airport, there has also been a huge increase in staff numbers as well. Alastair Welch, managing director at Southend Airport says, 'Further growth is expected this year as Flybe starts its second weekly service to Jersey in May. Regular flights to Le Touquet will also be taking off in March.'

Such massive increases may seem impressive, but the airport is still nowhere near it was in the 1960s and 70s, when annual turnover was roughly 500,000 passengers.

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