London Southend Airport’s newly extended terminal has been opened by the Secretary of State for Transport. The expansion follows a huge surge in passenger numbers last year and the recent announcement of new routes to mainland Europe.
The new facilities mark the final stage of a 6 year redevelopment by owners Stobart Group. The growing airport handled nearly a million passengers in 2013, up over 50% on those using it in 2012.
Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin said:
I am very pleased to have the opportunity to see the redevelopment at Southend Airport first hand. The growth the airport is seeing is fantastic news for the regional economy and passengers alike. This new terminal extension means better facilities for travellers and a boost for the UK’s transport infrastructure.
Patrick McLoughlin toured the airport with the Chief Executive of Stobart Group Andrew Tinkler and David Lister, Chief Operating Officer of London Southend Airport. He then gave a short speech to guests including local business leaders and residents associations. He welcomed the newly-extended terminal and highlighted the great contribution made by UK airports to the British economy.