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Happy birthday London Southend Airport

Airport staff celebrated the opening of the terminal last year Credit: ITV News Anglia

The new terminal at London Southend Airport celebrates its first anniversary today.

More than 700,000 passengers have passed through its doors over the last 12 months.

The opening of the site last year led to the creation of more than 500 new jobs.

Airport operators hope the terminal will handle more than two million passengers per year by 2020.

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easyJet starts new flights from Southend

easyJet passenger plane Credit: ITVAnglia

easyJet is to start a new within-England service flying three times a week between Southend in Essex and Newquay in Cornwall. easyJet hopes to attract almost 10,000 passengers on the route each year. Tickets go on sale from today. The Newquay route will be easyJet's 14th from Southend.

Southend Airport boasts capital connections

The East has another airport linked to the capital. After London Stansted and London Luton you can now add London Southend to the list.

The airport, owned by the Stobart group,has recently undergone a £100m redevelopment, including a new hotel and train station.

Work to expand the terminal should be complete by the summer of 2014. Serena Sandhu reports.

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