9 MAY 2022


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Article from BTNews 9 MAY 2022

Southend Airport is back *

Probably the worst hit of regional scheduled operations during the pandemic, Southend Airport has re-opened some of the easyJet holiday destinations.

From the start of May easyJet returned to flying to Southend Airport from Malaga six times a week, Palma four times a week and Faro twice a week using an A320 aircraft.

The return of easyJet services is likely to prove popular with locals. In a recent survey that included responses from over 7,000 people living in the East of England, 90% of people gave the airport 8 out of 10 in terms of favourability. Respondents are expected to be delighted with easyJet’s plans, having named Spanish destinations Palma and Malaga top of the list wish of destinations.

Glyn Jones, CEO, Southend Airport, said: “London Southend Airport is delighted to welcome back passengers for the first flights from the newly minted City of Southend. People living locally, in London and across the east of England can now get back to quickly and easily travelling through our award-winning airport, breezing through one of the UK’s quickest security experiences then relaxing before jetting off on easyJet flights to hugely popular summer destinations, Malaga, Palma and Faro.

"We’d like to thank our truly outstanding team for all their efforts in making sure we’re ready to welcome back passengers and we want to recognise the huge support we have received from our amazing local community throughout an incredibly challenging time brought about by the pandemic. We look forward to seeing you at London Southend Airport soon”.

Prior to Covid-19 Southend Airport was consistently ranked the best London airport by consumer group Which? It was also voted best UK airport (under 3m capacity) by the Airport Operator’s Association in 2019.

Serving close to 2.3m passengers in 2019, Southend offered services to around 40 domestic and European cities. The terminal has its own railway station, less than 100 yards from its entrance, with up to six trains an hour to central London, taking just 52mins to Liverpool Street. All airport car parks are located minutes from the terminal entrance.

The impact of coronavirus has resulted in reduced operations and schedule changes. Latest flight information is available via airlines directly. Southend Airport has introduced new safety measures to create a biosphere within the terminal, from hand sanitiser every 20 paces to new security equipment; significant investments have been made to protect employees and passengers.


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Sally Prosser, Southend-on-Sea

Love Southend airport, always have such a positive experience there! Everything runs like clockwork, its so fast to get through and everyone is so friendly and welcoming! So glad to see them back and flying again!!

Allan Schoenherr, Prague Cz

I flew from SEN twice in the 2 years before COVID hit. The first time was one of the most comfortable and convenient experiences I've had departing the UK, whereas the second departure was an absolute shambles. The main difference being that there were probably 4 or 5 times more flights departing on my second visit and it felt like the airport was a victim of its own success. Security and passport controls were not fit to handle the traffic and queues were snaking downstairs and through the check-in area. Passengers from certain flights were being herded forward and the security staff were beginning to lose their patience with passengers. I hope that as Southend recovers that they don't expand too much too soon this time. Having said that, I flew out of Stansted last week.. the less said about that the better....