EasyJet confirmed expansion of its network from Southend airport with the addition of three new routes from today.

A fourth aircraft is being based at the Essex airport to enable the budget carrier to increase the number of destinations served to 15.

Services to Berlin, Krakow and Newquay are expected to attract 130,000 additional passengers a year, raising carryings at Southend by almost 20%.

The move comes just over one month after the first flight to Edinburgh took off from the airport in May.

Other destinations served include Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Edinburgh, Faro, Geneva, Ibiza, Geneva, Majorca, Malaga and Venice.

The airline’s UK commercial manager Hugh Aitken said: “The addition of another aircraft will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the base providing passengers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.

“In just one year almost a million easyJet passengers from the region have chosen our easy and affordable services from London Southend Airport to 15 destinations in Europe and the UK.

“We now operate 180 easyJet flights per week and look forward to celebrating many more milestones with the London Southend team in future.”

The airport’s managing director Alastair Welch added: “The strength of our growing partnership with easyJet is underlined with the basing of this their fourth aircraft at London Southend.”

These three additional destinations will give even more choice to the people of Southend and beyond, as well as offering exceptionally easy access into London for visitors from Berlin, Krakow and Newquay.”