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Southend Airport flying high

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.

More passengers travelling to and from Gatwick

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.

Passenger numbers have increased at Gatwick Credit: PA

Flooding of the River Mole led to power failures on Christmas Eve, with a number of flights cancelled or delayed.

Statement on Gatwick passenger numbers

Gatwick continues to successfully compete with other London airports. Business and leisure passengers are choosing to fly from Gatwick thanks to the range of destinations we serve – more than any other UK airport – and our continued focus on delivering excellent service and facilities. As well as attracting more passengers, we have also added airlines and routes, ultimately building more connections between London and the world."

– Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick

More passengers flying from Gatwick

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.

More passengers are flying out from Gatwick Airport Credit: ITV Meridian

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.