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New terminal opens at Southend Airport

New terminal opens at Southend Airport
14 Feb 2014

Southend Airport has opened its brand new £10m terminal, which is designed to give passengers more space to relax. 

The departure lounge of the new facility, which opened yesterday (13 February), is four times bigger than the previous terminal, while there is three times as much retail space.

With seats for 300 passengers, four more check-in desks and three extra gates, the development will help to improve flow and reduce delays. 

Since the Stobart Group took over in 2008, it has invested £120m in improving the airport. 

'Travellers will be able to make use of a more relaxed, open and spacious departure lounge and also shop, or have a drink and something to eat in our new bar,' operations director David Lister told the Echo. 

The increase in the amount of space is very necessary, given that Southend enjoyed the largest growth of any European airport in 2013, with a 57.1% rise in passenger numbers, Travel Weekly reported. 

Figures from Airline Network News & Analysis showed that the airport handled 969,950 passengers last year, up from 617,556 in 2012. 

In January of this year, it was also revealed that the airport is looking to expand its route network, with a spokesman telling the Echo that it is 'speaking to potential new partners'. 

Despite the obvious successes in recent times, an interim report from the Airports Commission - which is investigating how best to increase capacity in the south-east - warned that should a new airport be built on the Isle of Grain in the Thames Estuary, Southend would likely be forced to close.

'The development of a major airport on the Isle of Grain would have adverse economic and environmental effects on Southend,' Nigel Holdcroft, leader of Southend Council, told the Echo. 

However, the so-called 'Boris Island' development did not make the commission's shortlist of options which were published in December, and it was instead labelled as a proposal that needs 'further assessment'. ADNFCR-408-ID-801693806-ADNFCR

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