Southend is now officially a London Airport

Its official – London now has a new airport.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has now included London Southend Airport within its classification of the Metropolitan Area of London – meaning the airport is now officially London Southend to the rest of the world.

Whilst the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has always classed the Essex airport as ‘London,’ historically IATA has not.

This means whenever anyone from Boston to Barcelona or New York to Venice wants to fly to London, whenever they speak to their travel agent they will automatically be offered Southend as an option alongside the five other recognised London passenger airports - Gatwick, Heathrow, City, Stansted and Luton.

The result is increased options for people planning to travel to London and new opportunities for them to hear about London Southend Airport and what it has to offer, says Airport Managing Director Alastair Welch. “By offering London Southend alongside all the other London airports – especially at this key time when so many new customers are exploring ways of travelling to London for the Olympics – gives us further chances to demonstrate the great customer service and big benefits we can offer people over and above the other London airports, not only this summer, but also beyond.”†

He added “We look forward to even more people discovering our new light and airy terminal building less than 100 paces from our brand new railway station with up to 8 trains per hour into the heart of London. Passengers flying out from London Southend will wait for a maximum of four-minutes for security, whilst those arriving with just hand luggage can expect to travel from plane to train within 15 minutes of their aircraft doors opening (30 minutes if collecting luggage). London Southend Airport is all about simplicity, speed and service – and even more people will get the option to experience it now.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

About London Southend Airport

Over £100 million has been invested in London Southend Airport by owners Stobart Group since it was acquired in 2008. New facilities include a train station on the London Liverpool Street (just 44 minutes to the Olympic Park at Stratford or 53 minutes into the heart of the City), an Air Traffic Control Tower, terminal building, runway extension and radar. There is also a 4-star Holiday Inn within walking distance of the terminal and FBO facilities, which is due to open in summer 2012.† The 129-room hotel will feature a panoramic rooftop restaurant plus private dining, high tech conference facilities and several executive suites. The airport is predicting passenger growth to two million passengers per year by 2020. More information at www.southendairport.com

About IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an international trade body, created over 60 years ago by a group of airlines. Today, IATA represents some 240 airlines†comprising 84% of total†air traffic. The organization also represents, leads and serves the airline industry in general. Find out more at www.iata.org

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