Southend Airport now fastest growing in Europe

Airport now fastest growing in Europe

Airport now fastest growing in Europe

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SOUTHEND Airport continues to fly high after being named the fastest growing in Europe.

The airport has been named top in a survey of 300 other airports after posting a 57.1 per cent increase in its passenger numbers from 2012 to 2013.

The survey was compiled by the industry leading website, Airline Network News and Analysis, which found 617,556 passengers flew from Southend in 2012, growing to 969,950 in 2013, giving it the largest percentage increase.

The news comes as passengers begin using the new £10million terminal extension, which has more check-in desks to cope with the growth in demand.

Ralph Anker, chief analyst at anna.aero said: “London Southend’s impressive growth in 2013 demonstrates what can happen when additional capacity is made available in a constrained market.

“London remains an attractive destination for visitors.

“There is a huge population within London Southend’s catchment area that appreciates the growing range of destinations it is able to offer to its customers.”

Second place in the survey was Diyarbakir, in Turkey, with a 38.7 per cent increase, while the next best performing London airport was London City in 46th place with just a 12 per cent increase.

David Lister, the airport’s operations director, said: “This is fantastic news and perfect timing as we celebrate the completion of our terminal extension.

“At Southend, passengers flying out from the airport wait for a maximum of four minutes for security, while those arriving with just hand luggage can expect to travel from plane to train within 15 minutes of leaving the aircraft.

“We are convinced it is those high standards of service that are responsible for Southend becoming so popular over the past 12 months, and why we are extending the terminal to ensure standards are not compromised as passenger numbers grow.”

The terminal building is 90m longer with a new arrivals area, enhanced baggage reclaim facilities and additional space for immigration as well as a dedicated domestic arrivals route.

The amount of space for passengers in the security area and departure lounge has increased, and there is also a new covered walkway connecting the railway station and terminal.

Five more aircraft stands have also been completed, significantly increasing the airport’s capacity.

Hugh Aitken, easyJet’s UK commercial manager, added: “easyJet is delighted to be part of Southend Airport’s success story.”

The airport has set a target of flying two million passengers a year by 2020.

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2:25pm Tue 18 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

F A N T A S T I C
F A N T A S T I C You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
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3:16pm Tue 18 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

Methinks the continued hype means they need passengers ! note London is the destination not Southend so that's where the money is going and into Stobarts pockets not into southend.
Methinks the continued hype means they need passengers ! note London is the destination not Southend so that's where the money is going and into Stobarts pockets not into southend. jolllyboy
  • Score: 10

3:22pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Leighdweller says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Methinks the continued hype means they need passengers ! note London is the destination not Southend so that's where the money is going and into Stobarts pockets not into southend.
Same with Stansted or Luton, but that's where the infrastructure has been improved and that's where the ancillary jobs are, so indirectly the area will benefit.

As for Stobart getting the returns, why should they? Afterall they backed the thing.

It's all good as far as I can see.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Methinks the continued hype means they need passengers ! note London is the destination not Southend so that's where the money is going and into Stobarts pockets not into southend.[/p][/quote]Same with Stansted or Luton, but that's where the infrastructure has been improved and that's where the ancillary jobs are, so indirectly the area will benefit. As for Stobart getting the returns, why should they? Afterall they backed the thing. It's all good as far as I can see. Leighdweller
  • Score: -7

3:24pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Leighdweller says...

Leighdweller wrote:
jolllyboy wrote: Methinks the continued hype means they need passengers ! note London is the destination not Southend so that's where the money is going and into Stobarts pockets not into southend.
Same with Stansted or Luton, but that's where the infrastructure has been improved and that's where the ancillary jobs are, so indirectly the area will benefit. As for Stobart getting the returns, why should they? Afterall they backed the thing. It's all good as far as I can see.
Sorry.. should have been WHY SHOULDN'T THEY?
[quote][p][bold]Leighdweller[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Methinks the continued hype means they need passengers ! note London is the destination not Southend so that's where the money is going and into Stobarts pockets not into southend.[/p][/quote]Same with Stansted or Luton, but that's where the infrastructure has been improved and that's where the ancillary jobs are, so indirectly the area will benefit. As for Stobart getting the returns, why should they? Afterall they backed the thing. It's all good as far as I can see.[/p][/quote]Sorry.. should have been WHY SHOULDN'T THEY? Leighdweller
  • Score: -3

3:31pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Daveydoo says...

I bet the local residents that have to put up with the increased noise and air pollution are really pleased!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I bet the local residents that have to put up with the increased noise and air pollution are really pleased!!!!!!!!!!!!! !! Daveydoo
  • Score: 14

3:47pm Tue 18 Feb 14

costa-del-blowfly says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Methinks the continued hype means they need passengers ! note London is the destination not Southend so that's where the money is going and into Stobarts pockets not into southend.
So from a story about Southend Airport being the fastest growing airport in Europe and already halfway in meeting it's 2020 target of 2m customers per annum. Your conclusion is that this is a sign that Southend Airport is under performing on passenger numbers.

Very strange. Almost desperate.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Methinks the continued hype means they need passengers ! note London is the destination not Southend so that's where the money is going and into Stobarts pockets not into southend.[/p][/quote]So from a story about Southend Airport being the fastest growing airport in Europe and already halfway in meeting it's 2020 target of 2m customers per annum. Your conclusion is that this is a sign that Southend Airport is under performing on passenger numbers. Very strange. Almost desperate. costa-del-blowfly
  • Score: -7

5:03pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Southend Andy says...

Why can't people be happy that our local airport is doing so well? Hats off to everyone involved who have done such a fantastic job.
Why can't people be happy that our local airport is doing so well? Hats off to everyone involved who have done such a fantastic job. Southend Andy
  • Score: -11

5:42pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Mannersway says...

Southend Andy wrote:
Why can't people be happy that our local airport is doing so well? Hats off to everyone involved who have done such a fantastic job.
Hear Hear, I'm afraid some people are just professional moaners & will never see any positives!
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Why can't people be happy that our local airport is doing so well? Hats off to everyone involved who have done such a fantastic job.[/p][/quote]Hear Hear, I'm afraid some people are just professional moaners & will never see any positives! Mannersway
  • Score: -8

5:55pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

The news gets better!
How the first coment gets so many thumbs down ?
Unless it's multiple account tossers
The news gets better! How the first coment gets so many thumbs down ? Unless it's multiple account tossers Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -5

7:10pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Vox SoS says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
The news gets better!
How the first coment gets so many thumbs down ?
Unless it's multiple account tossers
you've hit the nail on the head with the last comment . . . a couple of extremely sad, immature, pathetic wastes of atmosphere
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: The news gets better! How the first coment gets so many thumbs down ? Unless it's multiple account tossers[/p][/quote]you've hit the nail on the head with the last comment . . . a couple of extremely sad, immature, pathetic wastes of atmosphere Vox SoS
  • Score: -6

7:30pm Tue 18 Feb 14

iknowbetter says...

Southend airport is fantastic. Just wish they would hurry up with increasing their destinations, getting bored visiting the same places again.
Southend airport is fantastic. Just wish they would hurry up with increasing their destinations, getting bored visiting the same places again. iknowbetter
  • Score: -12

9:35am Thu 20 Feb 14

EastStBoy says...

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>> My name is NIMBYBOT >> My job is to look out for the term %SOUTHEND AIRPORT% in the %ECHO% >> I will find %BADNEWS.SOUTHENDAIR PORT% remark and click %THUMBS.UP% >> I will find %GOODNEWS.SOUTHENDAI RPORT% remark and click %THUMBS.DOWN% >>I am pathetic >>I have no friends >>Will you be my friend? EastStBoy
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