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London Southend Airport passenger numbers take off

By Alys Key, PA City Reporter
Ryanair services from the Essex transport hub have helped boost numbers.

London Southend Airport’s popularity has soared since Ryanair began flying from the site, with a huge jump in passenger numbers recorded in the second quarter.

The travel hub in Essex, which is owned by Stobart Group, said it had seen a 57% jump in passengers in April, May and June this year compared with the same three-month period a year ago.

April’s growth was especially rapid, rising 65% to 187,952 travellers, as Ryanair commenced flights from the site during the month.

The top destinations from the airport are Alicante, Dublin, Faro, Majorca and Malaga.

The number of people travelling from inner London to use the airport has also increased, now representing 40% of all passengers.

Stobart Aviation chief executive Glyn Jones said: “It is great to see more and more passengers from London seeing the benefits of London Southend Airport. This year, we have expanded our route network, with Ryanair and Loganair starting services.

“We have also continued to improve the experience passengers have when they get to the airport in terms of food, drink and shopping.

“The addition of new early and late trains has enhanced our reputation as one of the most accessible, convenient airports to get to.

“Compared to the other London airports, which are full to capacity, it is no surprise Londoners are increasingly choosing to fly from London Southend.”