THOUSANDS of fewer passengers are flying with easy Jet from Southend Airport this year, according to figures announced by the airport’s owners.
Stobart Group, the airport’s parent company, said there was a drop of 99,000 easy Jet passenger numbers this year based on the same period 12 months ago.
It said: “Our target is to achieve over 2.5 million passengers annually by 2018 at London Southend Airport.
“We reported in the AGM statement in June that we are working with easy Jet to determine the optimum capacity for the routes it operates from London Southend Airport.
“Stobart Group guided then that this would lead to a shortterm fall in passenger numbers over the summer.
As a result of this, passenger numbers in the five months to July 31, decreased by 99,000 yearon- year to 410,000, but revenue per passenger increased.
“Stobart Group’s growing relationship with easy Jet, coupled with discussions with other low-cost airlines, gives us confidence we will be well placed to announce new routes and achieve our target of welcoming 2.5million passengers to London Southend Airport annually by 2018.” Chief executive Andrew Tinkler added: “We have continued to focus primarily on delivering value in our two high-growth divisions, energy and aviation, and we continue to build the infrastructure and relationships to meet our targets in these markets.” In July, easy Jet announced it would scrap its Southend to Berlin route in February to focus on busier services, hinting a new destination would be announced to replace it.