21 JANUARY 2019
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Expansion plans for Southend Airport (SEN) over the next 12 months were outlined by owner Stobart Group last week as it celebrated with local and regional businesses and key stakeholders the 10th anniversary of acquiring the airport.
Developments for 2019 already include the current runway resurfacing to allow a greater variety of aircraft to operate and the April arrival of new partner Ryanair, which plans to base three aircraft there, creating 11 new routes.
Further schemes outlined to the assembled guests by Stobart Aviation CEO Glyn Jones (below) include extending the terminal, introducing self-service bag drop facilities and increasing the number of food and beverage outlets for passengers.
Others at the gathering at the Holiday Inn at Southend Airport included Stobart Group CEO Warwick Brady, Southend Borough Council leader John Lamb and chief executive Ali Griffin plus Castle Point Council leader Norman Smith.
Jones told the audience the airport will also be submitting plans to build a second hotel, adding “As we get bigger, we also want to get better – unlike other airports, we have absolutely no intention of letting the passenger experience slip as we grow.”
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