More than a million passengers are expected to use Southend airport this year following a regeneration project. So with Manston airport in Kent set to close, how do you make a regional airport a success? Tom Savvides has been talking to passengers and Southend's operations director David Lister.
Around a million passengers are expected to use Southend airport this year. A new terminal building has recently opened as part of a major regeneration project creating five hundred jobs. The Essex site had been in decline for decades but managers believe its future is now secure.
ITV Meridian spoke to the airport's Operations Director, David Lister.
Gatwick saw an increase in passengers last month despite severe disruption on Christmas Eve.
A total of 2.38 million people passed through the airport in December - that's a rise of nearly 5 per cent on the previous year.
Flooding of the River Mole led to power failures on Christmas Eve, with a number of flights cancelled or delayed.
More passengers are choosing to fly from London Gatwick. The airport saw 3.1 million passengers use it in October 2013 - an increase of 4.3% or 128,000 passengers over the prior year.
The growth in European routes continued with more than 2.3 million passengers choosing to fly from London Gatwick, an increase of 5.6% from last year. An increase in European flights was on key business routes. Destinations including Geneva, Luxembourg and Istanbul added over 100,000 passengers.
The reported loss of traffic to North America, down 10.5%, was nearly all due to US Airways ceasing services from London Gatwick earlier in the year. However, next summer’s launch of three new Norwegian services to the US will help support growth going forward.
More than 2.1 million passengers passed through the airport last month, that's slightly down on February 2012.
The 0.7% dip in passenger numbers is down to last year being a leap year.
When compared on a like for like basis, 2.2% or 47,800 more travellers passed through Gatwick last month.