16 OCTOBER 2017
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Extensions to both ends of the terminal building at Southend Airport are being planned to offer improved facilities for passengers and allow the complex to meet new aviation regulations.
Officials have submitted an application to Rochford District Council for permission to carry out the multi-million pound project, which has two elements. The first is an extension to the southern end for new baggage sorting and screening systems.
The work is to enable new equipment to be installed, ensuring the airport can meet the forthcoming European Hold Baggage Security Screening Standard, which comes into force on 1 September next year.
The second part of the application is for an extension to the northern end of the terminal to improve baggage reclaim, with the existing arrivals baggage area replaced with a larger space to offer more flexible facilities.
Both extensions are single storey and the airport says have been sensitively designed in keeping with the existing terminal building. If approved, work should start in early 2018.
Glyn Jones, CEO of airport owner Stobart Aviation, said: “More and more people are realising London Southend offers them a better way to travel. This development is to ensure we maintain the highest levels of service and comply with new regulations.”
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