Southend airport is celebrating a decade of improvements since the takeover by Stobart with the owners confident the next decade to come will be even better.
London Southend remains one of the UK’s fastest-growing regional airports and in 2018 was expected to have seen over 1.5 million passengers through its doors.
The Southend Echo interviewed Chief Executive Officer Glyn Jones, of Stobart Aviation, to discuss how far the airport has come and to give a taste of what the future at Southend Airport has to offer.
Jones states: “the main reason for taking it on was what remains the main drive for the airport today - its London capacity.”
The Stobart group acquired the airport in 2008 and quickly applied to increase the runway by 300 meters as well as upgrade navigation and lighting. A new state-of-the-art air traffic control tower and mainline railway station were also opened in 2011.
This was also the same year that EasyJet signed a 10-year agreement with Southend Airport to run scheduled flights all over Europe. In 2018 Southend airport secured Ryanair as a new anchored airline using the airport as a UK terminal.
In 2012, the new runway extension and passenger terminal building were finally opened enabling the airport to handle a new generation of medium capacity, high efficiency jets for short-haul scheduled flights.
Restaurant group TRG has opened a Giraffe restaurant and a brasserie-style restaurant to join the airport’s existing champagne bar and costa coffee as just some of what is on offer.
Southend Airport has been ranked “best London Airport” by Which? for the fifth year in a row and the company arecommitted to building on their success.
Jones adds: “we have invested about £160 million to date and we’re hoping to invest a further £40 million in the next few years.”
Stobart is hoping to welcome over 5 million passengers a year by 2022 and Mr Jones says his next challenge is to improve the rail service to and from the airport
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