SOUTHEND Airport must dramatically expand its new terminal to hit its target for passenger numbers.
The £10million building is due to open in October, but airport bosses admit it is still not big enough to match their ambitions.
They predict an extension will be needed by 2014, to turn the much-vaunted dream of two million passengers a year by 2020 into a reality.
Jonathan Rayner, the airport’s head of business development, said: “The current building is designed to cope with up to 800,000 passengers a year.
“It is matter of public record we want to be catering for two million passengers a year by 2020.
“If we are going to do that, we will need an increased capacity.”
Work on the two-storey terminal started in January and is on track to be completed within two months.