Southend Airport is the largest growing airport in Europe as it increased its passenger numbers by a staggering 57.1%.
The airport has announced it final passenger figures to the end of 2013, compared to 2012, as a survey was prepared by Airline Network News & Analysis (ANNA Aero) of 300 airports across Europe.
During 2013, 969,950 passengers passed through its terminal buildings, which saw the 57.1% increase year on year.
Coming in second place was Diyarbakir in Turkey with a 38.7% increase. Within the UK the next airport to see the largest growth was Southend, with a 12% increase, placing it in 46th place in the survey.
According to Ralph Anker, Chief Analyst at anna.aero, “London Southend’s impressive growth in 2013 demonstrates what can happen when additional capacity is made available in a constrained market. London remains an attractive destination for visitors, and there is a huge population within London Southend’s catchment area that appreciates the growing range of destinations the airport is able to offer to its customers.”
The news was announced as the airport complete their £10 million extension.