Airport's one in a million

Echo: Airport's one in a million Airport's one in a million

SOUTHEND Airport has enjoyed its busiest ever year, flying almost a million passengers.

A total of 970,167 passengers passed through the terminal between January and December 2013.

It eclipses the previous record of 692,000 in 1967, back in its heyday when Southend was the third busiest airport in the UK – behind only Heathrow and Manchester.

Southend also enjoyed a booming festive period, with 45,678 passengers in total flying in and out of the airport between December 19 and January 2.

The busiest day was December 27, when 3,865 people used the airport.

The most popular route over Christmas was Amsterdam, both for people flying out of the UK and back.

Airport operations director David Lister said: “Last year was a fantastic year for London Southend, topped off with us being named best airport in Britain in the Which? airport passenger survey.

“We think our unique promises to passengers – that they should wait no more than four minutes to go through security and that, on arrival with hand baggage, they are on the rail station platformwithin 15 minutes of leaving the aircraft and then in central London in 53 minutes – is what has been a big part of our success.

“These are the factors driving more and more passengers to choose London’s newest airport, and we have more great things to come in 2014.”

A new, twice-weekly easyJet route to the winter sunshine island of Tenerife, which started on December 13, is proving hugely popular during its first fewweeks.

On Christmas Eve, the busiest flight of the entire festive season saw 178 people flying from Tenerife via Southend.

To support the rapid growth of the airport, a £10million extension to the terminal is scheduled to open in ‘early 2014’.

This extension will provide more check-in desks, and the project has created more than 300 jobs.

The airport has undergone massive growth and investment since owners Stobart Group bought it in 2008. About £120million has been spent on numerous building projects.

To improve connections to London a new train station was built at the airport, which sits on the London Liverpool Street line.

It means passengers can get from the terminal to the station in minutes.

A new air traffic control tower was also built and the runway was extended to cope with all the extra flights.

Alongside this, the four-star Holiday Inn Hotel opened for business over a year ago, to make the airport more convenient to people travelling from further afield.

Southend Airport currently has departures each week to Amsterdam, Alicante, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Edinburgh, Faro, Geneva, Ibiza, Jersey, Krakow, Malaga, Mallorca, Tenerife and Venice with easyJet.

Aer Lingus has three daily return services between Southend and Dublin, where travellers are able to take advantage of transatlantic connections to Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Francisco and Toronto.

Mr Lister added: “We are working closely with all our partners – as well as speaking to potential new ones – to offer an even wider variety of destinations for business and leisure travellers, at a reasonable cost all year round.

“We hope 2014 is going to be another great year for us.”

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10:05am Tue 14 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

It can only get better...fantastic achievement
It can only get better...fantastic achievement Nowthatsworthknowing

10:58am Tue 14 Jan 14

lennyfy says...

Its a pity Greater Anglia Trains don't come on board and run a couple of earlier and later trains to improve connections.
Its a pity Greater Anglia Trains don't come on board and run a couple of earlier and later trains to improve connections. lennyfy

11:35am Tue 14 Jan 14

paintlad3 says...

well done to all the staff at the airport, shows what hard work can do!
well done to all the staff at the airport, shows what hard work can do! paintlad3

12:29pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

Fantastic news, i know what will happen when jayman & saen wake up thumbs up will become thumbs down & all the bad comments will have thumbs up. Jayman, saen we can read you like a book.
Fantastic news, i know what will happen when jayman & saen wake up thumbs up will become thumbs down & all the bad comments will have thumbs up. Jayman, saen we can read you like a book. Southend Andy

2:38pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Southend Andy wrote:
Fantastic news, i know what will happen when jayman & saen wake up thumbs up will become thumbs down & all the bad comments will have thumbs up. Jayman, saen we can read you like a book.
Why are you so hostile to these people on every airport related thread, often before they have even posted anyything. It's a democracy, they are entitled to a different opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Fantastic news, i know what will happen when jayman & saen wake up thumbs up will become thumbs down & all the bad comments will have thumbs up. Jayman, saen we can read you like a book.[/p][/quote]Why are you so hostile to these people on every airport related thread, often before they have even posted anyything. It's a democracy, they are entitled to a different opinion. Nebs

3:03pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Broadwaywatch says...

Nebs wrote:
Southend Andy wrote:
Fantastic news, i know what will happen when jayman & saen wake up thumbs up will become thumbs down & all the bad comments will have thumbs up. Jayman, saen we can read you like a book.
Why are you so hostile to these people on every airport related thread, often before they have even posted anyything. It's a democracy, they are entitled to a different opinion.
I quite agree Nebs and have been meaning to say the same thing for a long time myself. I would seem that some people on here write with no other purpose than to cause confrontation. It all seems so very juvenile. The airport is here to stay now so why not just leave it at that. Some win some lose.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Fantastic news, i know what will happen when jayman & saen wake up thumbs up will become thumbs down & all the bad comments will have thumbs up. Jayman, saen we can read you like a book.[/p][/quote]Why are you so hostile to these people on every airport related thread, often before they have even posted anyything. It's a democracy, they are entitled to a different opinion.[/p][/quote]I quite agree Nebs and have been meaning to say the same thing for a long time myself. I would seem that some people on here write with no other purpose than to cause confrontation. It all seems so very juvenile. The airport is here to stay now so why not just leave it at that. Some win some lose. Broadwaywatch

3:38pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

Nebs wrote:
Southend Andy wrote:
Fantastic news, i know what will happen when jayman & saen wake up thumbs up will become thumbs down & all the bad comments will have thumbs up. Jayman, saen we can read you like a book.
Why are you so hostile to these people on every airport related thread, often before they have even posted anyything. It's a democracy, they are entitled to a different opinion.
d As you said everyone is has an opinion & that is mine. I do find it funny how the thumbs up go from from a big + score to a huge - in such a short time. Multi logs ins?
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Fantastic news, i know what will happen when jayman & saen wake up thumbs up will become thumbs down & all the bad comments will have thumbs up. Jayman, saen we can read you like a book.[/p][/quote]Why are you so hostile to these people on every airport related thread, often before they have even posted anyything. It's a democracy, they are entitled to a different opinion.[/p][/quote]d As you said everyone is has an opinion & that is mine. I do find it funny how the thumbs up go from from a big + score to a huge - in such a short time. Multi logs ins? Southend Andy

3:40pm Tue 14 Jan 14

mrttev says...

Do you have any idea who did Mr Lister speaking to potential new ones ?
Do you have any idea who did Mr Lister speaking to potential new ones ? mrttev

4:59pm Tue 14 Jan 14

exBillericayDicky says...

lennyfy wrote:
Its a pity Greater Anglia Trains don't come on board and run a couple of earlier and later trains to improve connections.
How much earlier do you need than trains through it at 04:05 and 06:30?
And later than 01:12 and 01:47?
[quote][p][bold]lennyfy[/bold] wrote: Its a pity Greater Anglia Trains don't come on board and run a couple of earlier and later trains to improve connections.[/p][/quote]How much earlier do you need than trains through it at 04:05 and 06:30? And later than 01:12 and 01:47? exBillericayDicky

5:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

tophat27dt says...

I think Mr.Lister has to say that he is in negotiations with other airlines, but it's still very difficult for companies to risk start ups on new routes. Charter flights rarely lose money; they quote a price for the route and provided they get paid and have done their sums right,, they should survive. However, I still believe there is a demand for a feeder service into one of European hubs for onward connections worldwide. Then Southend can boast "Fly Southend to Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, etc"......but I guess a code share arrangement with the big boys would be necessary. I always have to fly through Frankfurt or Munich when going to Asia and it really isn't a problem. Good luck Stobarts. And keep an eye on Easyjet's reduced destinations so far announved for 2014. What about Nice, Prague, Copenhagen, Stockholm, etc?
I think Mr.Lister has to say that he is in negotiations with other airlines, but it's still very difficult for companies to risk start ups on new routes. Charter flights rarely lose money; they quote a price for the route and provided they get paid and have done their sums right,, they should survive. However, I still believe there is a demand for a feeder service into one of European hubs for onward connections worldwide. Then Southend can boast "Fly Southend to Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, etc"......but I guess a code share arrangement with the big boys would be necessary. I always have to fly through Frankfurt or Munich when going to Asia and it really isn't a problem. Good luck Stobarts. And keep an eye on Easyjet's reduced destinations so far announved for 2014. What about Nice, Prague, Copenhagen, Stockholm, etc? tophat27dt

5:28pm Tue 14 Jan 14

lennyfy says...

exBillericayDicky wrote:
lennyfy wrote:
Its a pity Greater Anglia Trains don't come on board and run a couple of earlier and later trains to improve connections.
How much earlier do you need than trains through it at 04:05 and 06:30?
And later than 01:12 and 01:47?
01.12 and 01.47 trains are to Southend the last London bound train ,the direction people want to go is 23.05 and several flights depart between 6.30-7.00 so excluding travellers from London using the train.
[quote][p][bold]exBillericayDicky[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lennyfy[/bold] wrote: Its a pity Greater Anglia Trains don't come on board and run a couple of earlier and later trains to improve connections.[/p][/quote]How much earlier do you need than trains through it at 04:05 and 06:30? And later than 01:12 and 01:47?[/p][/quote]01.12 and 01.47 trains are to Southend the last London bound train ,the direction people want to go is 23.05 and several flights depart between 6.30-7.00 so excluding travellers from London using the train. lennyfy

6:24pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Thames Gateway says...

Belfast? Shurely shome mishstake?
Belfast? Shurely shome mishstake? Thames Gateway

9:17pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Nebs says...

lennyfy wrote:
exBillericayDicky wrote:
lennyfy wrote:
Its a pity Greater Anglia Trains don't come on board and run a couple of earlier and later trains to improve connections.
How much earlier do you need than trains through it at 04:05 and 06:30?
And later than 01:12 and 01:47?
01.12 and 01.47 trains are to Southend the last London bound train ,the direction people want to go is 23.05 and several flights depart between 6.30-7.00 so excluding travellers from London using the train.
They can use a local hotel, put some money into the local economy instead of spending all their money abroad.
[quote][p][bold]lennyfy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exBillericayDicky[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lennyfy[/bold] wrote: Its a pity Greater Anglia Trains don't come on board and run a couple of earlier and later trains to improve connections.[/p][/quote]How much earlier do you need than trains through it at 04:05 and 06:30? And later than 01:12 and 01:47?[/p][/quote]01.12 and 01.47 trains are to Southend the last London bound train ,the direction people want to go is 23.05 and several flights depart between 6.30-7.00 so excluding travellers from London using the train.[/p][/quote]They can use a local hotel, put some money into the local economy instead of spending all their money abroad. Nebs

7:38am Wed 15 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

Surprise surprise tti anti lot have been on with there multi log ins.
Surprise surprise tti anti lot have been on with there multi log ins. Southend Andy

1:10pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Southend Andy wrote:
Surprise surprise tti anti lot have been on with there multi log ins.
Maybe it was you, doing it to prove a point.
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Surprise surprise tti anti lot have been on with there multi log ins.[/p][/quote]Maybe it was you, doing it to prove a point. Nebs

5:30pm Wed 15 Jan 14

tws123 says...

It's starting to get a bit pathetic this thumbs up thumbs down situation. The best thing the Echo can do is get rid of it and let people express what they feel one way or the other through a simple 'comment', otherwise we end up with more talk unrelated to the article in question - end of.

And well done to Southend Airport and all those involved. An incredible achievement over the last 2 years or so.
It's starting to get a bit pathetic this thumbs up thumbs down situation. The best thing the Echo can do is get rid of it and let people express what they feel one way or the other through a simple 'comment', otherwise we end up with more talk unrelated to the article in question - end of. And well done to Southend Airport and all those involved. An incredible achievement over the last 2 years or so. tws123

6:05pm Wed 15 Jan 14

tophat27dt says...

tws123 wrote:
It's starting to get a bit pathetic this thumbs up thumbs down situation. The best thing the Echo can do is get rid of it and let people express what they feel one way or the other through a simple 'comment', otherwise we end up with more talk unrelated to the article in question - end of.

And well done to Southend Airport and all those involved. An incredible achievement over the last 2 years or so.
I agree....it's so obvious some idiot has logged in many times to vote, so what is the point of it. Come on Echo...sort it.
[quote][p][bold]tws123[/bold] wrote: It's starting to get a bit pathetic this thumbs up thumbs down situation. The best thing the Echo can do is get rid of it and let people express what they feel one way or the other through a simple 'comment', otherwise we end up with more talk unrelated to the article in question - end of. And well done to Southend Airport and all those involved. An incredible achievement over the last 2 years or so.[/p][/quote]I agree....it's so obvious some idiot has logged in many times to vote, so what is the point of it. Come on Echo...sort it. tophat27dt

7:49pm Wed 15 Jan 14

EastStBoy says...

Great news for the airport. Hopefully more routes can be announced shortly, hopefully to destinations like Paris, Brussels etc. Not to mention the potential growth of commercial interests creating jobs in the town. The future is bright.
Great news for the airport. Hopefully more routes can be announced shortly, hopefully to destinations like Paris, Brussels etc. Not to mention the potential growth of commercial interests creating jobs in the town. The future is bright. EastStBoy

11:44am Thu 16 Jan 14

LauqhLast.. says...

I have nothing to say on the matter but haven't had my fix of thumbs down today...can you get on with it please.
I have nothing to say on the matter but haven't had my fix of thumbs down today...can you get on with it please. LauqhLast..

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