Southend airport reports that more than one million passengers travelled through its halls in 2017, marking the first time the hub has seen such traffic.
The airport says the numbers are up 25 per cent on 2016, seeing 1,095,914 passengers between January and December.
Owner Stobart Aviation attributes the growth to a boost in capacity and new routes, as well as increasing awareness of the airport. The most popular destinations for the year were Rennes and Amsterdam, and Southend predicts 2018’s top routes will be Croatia, Prague and Malta.
Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation, commented: “Reaching over one million passengers is an important moment for us. 2017 saw us make important additions to the retail offering in the terminal, as well as adding a significant number of new routes – with more still to come – some providing a time and cost-effective way for our passengers to connect to North America.”