6 AUGUST 2012
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BTNews has a policy of calling all the so-called London airports by their common name, and not with the London prefix. Except for London City which is in the London Borough of Newham. We will continue that policy but are pleased to note that Southend (SEN) is now officially London Southend Airport according to IATA. Oxford (OXF) is still Oxford and the two Kent airports retain their local names.
IATA was not able to say why the airport’s title has been changed but, according to Google Maps, Southend is 43 miles from Piccadilly Circus, Gatwick 31 miles, Heathrow 15 miles, London City 10 miles and Stansted 40 miles.
Just a couple of days before the start of the Olympic Games, Southend Airport also announced that the arrivals hall in the old terminal building has undergone a £500,000 transformation to create the state-of-the-art facility which includes a meeting room (with full video conferencing technology), pilots' rest area, drivers facilities and lounge. The whole zone is equipped with cutting edge security screening equipment, and also offers discreet, direct access to the exclusive business jet parking area.
The airport recently announced a partnership with Landmark Aviation, one of the world’s largest fixed base operators, to handle business jets during summer 2012. www.southendairport.com
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