29 MARCH 2010
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SOUTHEND AIRPORT’S expansion plans have been approved by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. This involves a 300m extension of the runway to the south west and is alongside the railway station (direct to London’s Liverpool Street) and control tower which are already under construction and the proposed new terminal and hotel. The railway station should open in summer 2010, the control tower spring 2011 and the runway works – which involve a new ILS – fourth quarter 2011. Alastair Welch, Managing Director of Southend Airport, said: “This development will make a significant contribution to increasing the attractiveness and prosperity of the south Essex area for businesses, which experts believe will have a positive effect on house and commercial property prices. Southend will also now be able to showcase what it does best in time for the 2012 Olympics.” www.flysouthend2012.com
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