Southend Airport is transforming from an obsolete airstrip in the southeast corner of Essex to a moneyspinning substitute for an extra runway at Heathrow: that is the claim from its owner, Stobart Group, which has just announced pre-tax profits of £100m for the year to 28 February 2018.
“There’s absolutely a need for another runway in the South East,” said Glyn Jones, chief executive of Stobart Aviation. “Until then, Southend’s the answer and airlines are beginning to see it.”
This week Air Malta launched flights from Southend to Malta, Cagliari in Sardinia and Catania in Sicily. It joins two other established airlines at the airport, easyJet and Flybe.