Southend airport has been named the best small airport in the UK for the second year in succession.

The Essex airport took the prize in the category for airports with under three million passengers at the annual Airport Operators Association awards.

This follows Southend being named best airport in Britain by Which? magazine for three years in a row.

The winner of this latest award was decided by a survey of airline members of The Board of Airline Representatives in the UK and the British Air Transport Association. 

The award comes in the week that Southend airport embarked on one of its biggest marketing and advertising drives, in partnership with easyJet as part of the airline’s new ‘Why Not?’ campaign.

Glyn Jones, chief executive of airport owner Stobart Aviation, said: “We are very proud of this new campaign, which points to a new tone of voice and personality for the London Southend airport brand.

“It is also a great example of our partnership with easyJet, with both the airport and the airline’s brand shining through in the new ads.

“With more routes than ever before now on offer from London’s newest and most convenient airport, there really has never been a better time to fly.”

AOA chief executive Darren Caplan added: “The AOA awards showcase the best in the aviation and airport sectors.

“The 2016 winners demonstrate the vibrant and innovative work going on across the UK and Ireland, improving efficiency, reducing the impact of aviation on the environment and delivering an ever-improving passenger experience.”