6 JULY 2020


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Article from BTNews 6 JULY 2020

Southend bounces back

Southend Airport last Wednesday (1 July) opened its terminal doors to passengers for its first flight after three months of being closed due to Covid-19. 

Glyn Jones, CEO Stobart Aviation, said: “We have worked extremely hard to ensure measures are in place to create a biosphere within the terminal, delivering confidence to our customers. As London’s most modern airport, the terminal design and space supports social distancing and allows approximately 17sq m per passenger during busy times.”

Whilst the pandemic stopped passenger flights the airport has continued with cargo operations and repatriation flights.

Services are expected to resume throughout July from airline partners including Flyone, Ryanair and Wizz Air, plus a new Wideroe route to Norway which will start in August.

A range of safety measures have been introduced including only allowing those travelling inside the terminal.

Jones continues: “We are reducing touch points throughout the journey to limit potential spread of the virus, deep cleaning will take place nightly whilst the cleaning team will be sanitising handrails and surfaces throughout the day. We are committed to safety and continue discussions for further investments into innovations for the airport.”

As the only London airport identified as low risk by European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Greece has determined that quarantine upon arrival is not required for Southend Airport passengers and further air bridges are expected for more destinations in the coming days.


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