Southend Airport’s new owners the Stobart Group have said the airport will soon start to operate passenger flights across the UK and Europe.
After acquiring the airport for £21 million last week, Stobart said that passenger airline services could help "drive freight opportunities", with the firm having ambitions for the airport to become a niche air freight destination.
Commenting on the acquisition, Andrew Tinkler, chief executive of Stobart, said that the airport’s development as a passenger airport would be "excellent news" for Southend and the wider south-east region.
"Stobart has the necessary skills, including rail infrastructure and civil engineering expertise, to make a positive impact on the airport’s development plans," he said.
The airport’s future prospects have been helped by the Thames Gateway initiative, the London Gateway project and the capital’s hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games.
The Stobart Group announced in July that it wanted to extend the option to buy Carlisle Airport for a further six months.