Southend Airport ‘could help to ease flights congestion’

Echo: Southend Airport ‘could help to ease flights congestion’ Southend Airport ‘could help to ease flights congestion’

THE boss of Southend Airport said he believes the site can play a role in helping ease flight congestion in the south east before others are expanded.

A Government report on Tuesday called for either a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick to be built, in order to increase capacity.

MPs are also yet to rule out an airport on the Isle of Grain, Kent, as still being a possibility, but did rule out a Stansted expansion.

But Southend Airport’s operations director, David Lister, said before any of the other options are implemented, his improving base could help plug the gap in capacity.

He said: “With no new runways proposed before 2030 and the opening next month of Southend’s extended terminal, the culmination of more than £120million investment, Southend Airport is in a position to provide travellers to and from London, an easy travelling experience.”

He added: “Our investment demonstrates the significant capacity which now exists at Southend and we can make a real difference to the congestion issues faced across the other London airports.”

Five new aircraft stands have recently been completed at the airport and a £10million extension to the terminal is scheduled to open early next year – enabling it to increase capacity and improve customer service.

But the number of flights leaving the airport is capped at 53,000 a year under council agreed restrictions, so a major increase in the number of aircraft leaving it is unlikely.

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6:55am Fri 20 Dec 13

leighman says...

More classic Echo reporting......53,00
0 pre year? That equates to around one departure every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.
More classic Echo reporting......53,00 0 pre year? That equates to around one departure every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. leighman

7:45am Fri 20 Dec 13

Southend Andy says...

Be great to get more flights in & out of the fantastic Southend airport
Be great to get more flights in & out of the fantastic Southend airport Southend Andy

8:23am Fri 20 Dec 13

Rochford Rob says...

leighman wrote:
More classic Echo reporting......53,00

0 pre year? That equates to around one departure every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.
Errrrr, no, I think you'll find that number is 'total aircraft movements' - coming, going, private stuff, clubs, helicopters, freight and servicing.
[quote][p][bold]leighman[/bold] wrote: More classic Echo reporting......53,00 0 pre year? That equates to around one departure every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.[/p][/quote]Errrrr, no, I think you'll find that number is 'total aircraft movements' - coming, going, private stuff, clubs, helicopters, freight and servicing. Rochford Rob

9:10am Fri 20 Dec 13

leighman says...

Rochford Rob wrote:
leighman wrote: More classic Echo reporting......53,00 0 pre year? That equates to around one departure every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.
Errrrr, no, I think you'll find that number is 'total aircraft movements' - coming, going, private stuff, clubs, helicopters, freight and servicing.
Rob, to quote from the article...'But the number of flights leaving the airport is capped at 53,000 a year under council agreed restrictions, so a major increase in the number of aircraft leaving it is unlikely'. Or have I misunderstood your comment and you concur with mine about the Echos inaccuracies?
[quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]leighman[/bold] wrote: More classic Echo reporting......53,00 0 pre year? That equates to around one departure every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.[/p][/quote]Errrrr, no, I think you'll find that number is 'total aircraft movements' - coming, going, private stuff, clubs, helicopters, freight and servicing.[/p][/quote]Rob, to quote from the article...'But the number of flights leaving the airport is capped at 53,000 a year under council agreed restrictions, so a major increase in the number of aircraft leaving it is unlikely'. Or have I misunderstood your comment and you concur with mine about the Echos inaccuracies? leighman

12:02pm Fri 20 Dec 13

max zorin says...

be nice if they could extend the runway at Southend even further so we could get larger aircraft in and do some long haul flights. also instead of building a brand new airport why don't they expand Manston in Kent?! it already has a long runway :)
be nice if they could extend the runway at Southend even further so we could get larger aircraft in and do some long haul flights. also instead of building a brand new airport why don't they expand Manston in Kent?! it already has a long runway :) max zorin

2:47pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

So true, Ive already written to the Government in regards to runway lengthening to accommodate the larger long haul flights, and I am happy with the responses so far, as it seems London Southend could well see the larger ones coming in for servicing albeit empty, on a contract based business, it's already serviced Boing's 737 aircraft, just a matter of time before other airlines start queuing up for this amazing opportunity.
So true, Ive already written to the Government in regards to runway lengthening to accommodate the larger long haul flights, and I am happy with the responses so far, as it seems London Southend could well see the larger ones coming in for servicing albeit empty, on a contract based business, it's already serviced Boing's 737 aircraft, just a matter of time before other airlines start queuing up for this amazing opportunity. Nowthatsworthknowing

5:58pm Fri 20 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

This amazing opportunity is keeping people awake at night. Even before the 737 was there we could not hear ourselves think. People are actually moving out. If 737s come in on a more regular basis i predict there is likely to be an uproar.
This amazing opportunity is keeping people awake at night. Even before the 737 was there we could not hear ourselves think. People are actually moving out. If 737s come in on a more regular basis i predict there is likely to be an uproar. jolllyboy

8:39pm Fri 20 Dec 13

max zorin says...

people who disagrees with southend airport expanding must be workshy as it is bringing employment to the town. we need the airport the secure people jobs for the future.
people who disagrees with southend airport expanding must be workshy as it is bringing employment to the town. we need the airport the secure people jobs for the future. max zorin

11:05pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Southend Andy says...

It's amazing how my score went from +12 to a minus score inless then 12 hours, looks like jayman & the scrotes from saen have used there numerous log ins again
It's amazing how my score went from +12 to a minus score inless then 12 hours, looks like jayman & the scrotes from saen have used there numerous log ins again Southend Andy

9:46am Sat 21 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

jolllyboy wrote:
This amazing opportunity is keeping people awake at night. Even before the 737 was there we could not hear ourselves think. People are actually moving out. If 737s come in on a more regular basis i predict there is likely to be an uproar.
Im afraid noise is an acceptable factor, with any airport, just a case of getting used to it, there will always be a few moaning minnies, but hey thousands of contented passengers....
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: This amazing opportunity is keeping people awake at night. Even before the 737 was there we could not hear ourselves think. People are actually moving out. If 737s come in on a more regular basis i predict there is likely to be an uproar.[/p][/quote]Im afraid noise is an acceptable factor, with any airport, just a case of getting used to it, there will always be a few moaning minnies, but hey thousands of contented passengers.... Nowthatsworthknowing

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