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Southend Airport celebrates busiest year ever
SOUTHEND Airport has had its busiest 12 months ever - breaking a record which has stood for more than 45 years.
In total 721,661 passengers flew from the airport in the year leading up to February 2012, almost 30,000 more than in 1967 when 692,000 used it.
Back then the airport - which hopes to serve two million passengers a year by 2020 - was the UK’s third busiest, in its package holiday heyday and had featured in the film Goldfinger just three years earlier(1964).
Hugh Aitken, UK commercial manager for easyJet, which started flights from the airport last April, said: "We're absolutely delighted that this first year of operations has been a record breaking one at Southend Airport.
“The airport's success is testament to the hard work and commitment of the Southend team and we look forward to further record setting years ahead."
And Southend Airport may be taking custom from others serving Essex and London.
While the number of people using Southend Airport rapidly rocketed from 42,000 in 2011 to 617,000 in 2012, Stansted saw passenger numbers fall by 3.2 per cent to 17.5million.