London Southend Airport opens new £10m extension

New extension to London Southend Airport London Southend Airport handled nearly a million passengers in 2013

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A £10m extension to London Southend Airport in Essex is due to open to passengers.

A bigger departure lounge, more check-in desks, revamped baggage reclaim facilities, a new arrivals area and five more plane stands have been built.

The airport said the larger terminal would "ensure high levels of service" as passenger numbers grow.

It also said the project could eventually create about 300 jobs due to more planes being based in Southend.

The first phase of the extension, housing the arrivals areas, opened in June last year.

Retail and catering facilities are also due to be expanded in the future.

The airport was bought by Stobart Group in 2008 and spent £100m on its revamp before it opened in February 2012.

In 2013 the airport handled nearly a million travellers, but has said it hoped to increase passenger numbers to two million a year by 2020.

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