London Southend Airport has embarked on a major redevelopment programme to ensure successful growth.
The following projects have been completed;
The brand new Southend Airport railway station was made operational in July 2011 with up to 8 trains an hour into Central London and was officially opened by the Minister of State for Transport The Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers MP in September 2011.
A brand new, a state of the art Air Traffic Control tower was made operational in July 2011.
A new, re-sited, passenger terminal building was opened to the public in February 2012 and was officially opened by the Secretary of State for Transport the Rt. Hon. Justine Greening MP in March 2012. Within the new terminal there are a selection of restaurants and shops.
A runway extension was also made operational in March 2012. Whilst modest in size, this would allow the Airport to accommodate the new generation of medium capacity, high-efficiency jets being adopted by regional airlines operating scheduled flights and shorter range holiday charters.
A brand new Business Lounge in the Arrivals Hall in the old London Southend Airport terminal building under went a £500,000 transformation creating the state-of-the-art facility which was made operational in July 2012.
A brand new on site hotel, Holiday Inn Southend, opened to the public in October 2012. The hotel boasts 129 rooms, 14 executive rooms, six suites and a rooftop bar and terrace.
In April 2012 a proposed extension to the new terminal at London Southend Airport was given the go-ahead by Rochford Council. The Phase 2 extension is to ensure that high standards of service are not compromised as passenger numbers grow towards 2million per year by 2020.
The terminal building will become 90 metres longer. The number of check in desks / baggage drop off points will increase, as will the amount of security screening channels. The Departure Lounge will grow in size to enhance the experience for passengers relaxing and awaiting boarding after security. A larger Arrivals area will have enhanced baggage reclaim facilities and a larger immigration area. Retail and catering facilities will be expanded throughout the terminal in order to provide a much wider range of shops and services available to passengers.
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