London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport

The First World War saw the birth of Southend as a flying base when the War Office listed the site as a potential landing ground in 1914. The first flight followed in 1915 when Flight Sub Lieutenant A.W. Robinson took off in a Bleriot aircraft in an (unsuccessful) attempt to intercept a German Army Zeppelin. This modest beginning led to regular RFC activity at Southend over the course of the War until 1919 when the recently formed RAF derequisitioned the airfield and the land reverted to farming.

Interest in flying increased in the early 1930’s and the old RAF site was purchased by Southend Council in 1933 and flying returned. The airfield was officially opened in 1935 and regular scheduled flights to Rochester soon followed.

Southend Airport mainly operates passenger charter and business flights, cargo flights, pilot training (in both aircraft and helicopters), and recreational flying. Heavy maintenance services and hangarage for aircraft up to Boeing 757 and Airbus A321 size are available.The airport is run by London Southend Airport Co Ltd , which employs over 90 people. In January 2008 the airport was put up for sale; on 2 December 2008 it was announced that Stobart Group had bought the airport and would invest in the airport so that the potential of the airport can be fulfilled.

London Southend Airport is a long-established regional airport for South East Essex and is the Eastern Gateway to London. A new airport railway station providing fast and frequent train services direct to Stratford (for Docklands and Canary Wharf) and to central London’s Liverpool Street Station will soon provide its passengers with faster door-to-door times inbound to London than most other London airports - and at lower costs.

Southend Airport is already "home base" to a wide range of aviation companies, airlines and operators, with more than 1300 people employed across the airport.

A multi-million development scheme - including new control tower, terminal building and high-quality hotel - is currently being progressed to extend the range of passenger services facilitated by the new airport railway station.

The airport is a major asset of the Thames Gateway Regeneration Zone, and enjoys positive support from its community and local authorities for the introduction of more scheduled passenger services to European destinations. As a long-established regional airport we are committed to meeting the needs of our community and we appreciate their support for the plans which are being rolled out in time for the Olympics.


London Southend Airport Southend on Sea
United Kingdom

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