David Cameron asked to open new Southend Airport terminal extension

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PRIME Minister David Cameron has been invited to open the new terminal extension at Southend Airport.

The airport boss said the opening of the £10million extension, expected early next year, was the right time for a visit after a total of £120million of investment by the Stobart Group.

Anew security area, new check-in desks and new toilets inside the 90m extension are already open.

The final part of the project – a new departure lounge with more cafes and shops – is expected to be ready in the new year.

Operations director David Lister said: “We feel the time is right for a visit by the Prime Minister to officially open the last stage of Southend Airport’s regeneration and see what we have to offer here.

“His visit would be a fitting way to mark the culmination of this landmark project and look to a bright future for the UK aviation industry.”

More than 520 jobs have already been created after the Stobart Group poured money into the airport, including a new railway station, traffic control tower, terminal building and radar, as well as extending the runway.

A four-star, 129-room Holiday Inn opened at the airport in October 2012.

Mr Lister said: “The completion of the terminal building marks the conclusion of a six-year regeneration of Southend Airport by its owner, the Stobart Group.

“It has spent more than £120million since 2008 regenerating the airport – a perfect example of private sector investment, working in partnership with the Government, to create a transport infrastructure that includes not just planes but also connectivity with trains.

“This investment has also made a significant impact on the Essex and wider economy, with more than 520 new jobs created to date.”

James Duddridge, Tory MP for Rochford and Southend East, invited Mr Cameron to the airport during Prime Minister’s Question Time earlier this month, crediting the development with boosting employment in his constituency.

He is also understood to have been lobbying his party leader to open the extension behind the scenes.

A spokesman for Mr Cameron said: “If the airport wishes to invite him, it can send an invitation and it will be considered.

“We will respond when that decision is made.”

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7:01am Mon 30 Dec 13

SARFENDMAN says...

Boring choice. Why not someone with local connections like Wilko Johnson?
Phil Jupitus? Helen Mirren? Gary Brooker?
Boring choice. Why not someone with local connections like Wilko Johnson? Phil Jupitus? Helen Mirren? Gary Brooker? SARFENDMAN

8:26am Mon 30 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Sean Connery....Gold finger 1964
Sean Connery....Gold finger 1964 DogsMessInLeigh

10:13am Mon 30 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Sean Connery....Gold finger 1964
perfect....and 50 years down the line !
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Sean Connery....Gold finger 1964[/p][/quote]perfect....and 50 years down the line ! DogsMessInLeigh

11:42am Mon 30 Dec 13

mrttev says...

scoff Sean Connery no chance .he is a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP)
scoff Sean Connery no chance .he is a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP) mrttev

12:35pm Mon 30 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

mrttev wrote:
scoff Sean Connery no chance .he is a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP)
And DC is a member of the Conservative party.
[quote][p][bold]mrttev[/bold] wrote: scoff Sean Connery no chance .he is a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP)[/p][/quote]And DC is a member of the Conservative party. DogsMessInLeigh

12:45pm Mon 30 Dec 13

mrttev says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
mrttev wrote:
scoff Sean Connery no chance .he is a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP)
And DC is a member of the Conservative party.
are you having" a laugh....
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrttev[/bold] wrote: scoff Sean Connery no chance .he is a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP)[/p][/quote]And DC is a member of the Conservative party.[/p][/quote]are you having" a laugh.... mrttev

1:02pm Mon 30 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

mrttev wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
mrttev wrote:
scoff Sean Connery no chance .he is a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP)
And DC is a member of the Conservative party.
are you having" a laugh....
Its only a bit of ribbon and a pair of sharp scissors, i am sure he will be ok.
[quote][p][bold]mrttev[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrttev[/bold] wrote: scoff Sean Connery no chance .he is a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP)[/p][/quote]And DC is a member of the Conservative party.[/p][/quote]are you having" a laugh....[/p][/quote]Its only a bit of ribbon and a pair of sharp scissors, i am sure he will be ok. DogsMessInLeigh

1:02pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Southend Andy says...

David Cameron may be a Tory & people may not like him but it would be great for both the town & airport. Get him down the pier & give him a Rossi. He could finish his trip with a visit to Peter Pans.
David Cameron may be a Tory & people may not like him but it would be great for both the town & airport. Get him down the pier & give him a Rossi. He could finish his trip with a visit to Peter Pans. Southend Andy

1:13pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

I think Lord Hanningfield should open it, why? so he can claim his expenses back.
I think Lord Hanningfield should open it, why? so he can claim his expenses back. Nowthatsworthknowing

3:02pm Mon 30 Dec 13

whataday says...

Southend Andy wrote:
David Cameron may be a Tory & people may not like him but it would be great for both the town & airport. Get him down the pier & give him a Rossi. He could finish his trip with a visit to Peter Pans.
I was with this until "get him down the pier - then thought it should be push him off the end
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: David Cameron may be a Tory & people may not like him but it would be great for both the town & airport. Get him down the pier & give him a Rossi. He could finish his trip with a visit to Peter Pans.[/p][/quote]I was with this until "get him down the pier - then thought it should be push him off the end whataday

3:08pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Nebs says...

Shame they couldn't afford Tony Blair.
Shame they couldn't afford Tony Blair. Nebs

5:58pm Mon 30 Dec 13

LoopyLou88 says...

when will he be there ? If im not working or am not busy I might do down there jsut to give him a peiece of my mind on the whole system of benefits from a young persons view - someone needs to sort these politicians out.
when will he be there ? If im not working or am not busy I might do down there jsut to give him a peiece of my mind on the whole system of benefits from a young persons view - someone needs to sort these politicians out. LoopyLou88

6:31pm Mon 30 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

Pity he cant stop for tea at my house when whatever he says we wouldnt be able to hear - because of the planes. Maybe he thinks they take off Rochford way over the fields. Some hope. Thanks Easyjet for a noisy xmas.
Pity he cant stop for tea at my house when whatever he says we wouldnt be able to hear - because of the planes. Maybe he thinks they take off Rochford way over the fields. Some hope. Thanks Easyjet for a noisy xmas. jolllyboy

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