EasyJet began opening a base in Southend in April 2012 and the Irish airline Aer Lingus Regional took scheduled flights to Dublin in May, resulting in a rapid increase in passenger numbers in 2012 with 721,661, using the airport this year, 969,912 in 2013 and 1,102,358 in 2014.  The following year, the number of passengers fell to 900,648 and 874,549 in 2016, while the number of passengers increased by more than 25% in 2017 to 1,095,914.  In 2011, the airport operator planned to reach a passenger number of two million per year by 2020.   In 2018, Southend Airport recorded an increase of nearly 400,000 passengers compared to the previous year, with just over 1.4 million passengers using the airport, the largest total annual number at the airport at that date.  Please note that, by invitation, members of the public may be allowed to participate in the section scheduled at the beginning of each meeting to answer questions and obtain answers. Questions must be submitted in writing to the airport at least 2 weeks before the date of the meeting. The sponsors of this item participate only in the part of the part of the meeting at which their question is discussed. Since 2011, the airport has had its own train station near the terminal, Southend Airport Station on the Shenfield to Southend Line, served by Abellio Greater Anglia, which connects the airport to Liverpool Street Station in London up to eight times an hour during rush hour, and Southend Victoria Station in the other direction. The journey to London takes about 55 minutes.  In 1993, after many years of airport losses, Southend Borough Council sold the airport to Regional Airports Ltd (RAL), which wanted to turn the airport into a profitable business and obtained the building permit for a new station to be added to the London Street line, which would allow for the future development of the site.
In December 2008, the airport was sold to the Stobart Group, which then applied for the building permit to extend the usable runway length by 300 m to 1,799 m and improve navigational and lighting aids. . . .