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Work underway at Southend Airport terminal
3:18pm Friday 9th November 2012 in Local News
WORK is underway on the £10million expansion of Southend Airport’s terminal to cater for the growing number of passengers.
The work is for a new arrivals facility and this is scheduled to be ready at the end of May 2013.
The terminal opened in February and already large numbers of passengers flying to and from Southend mean an extension is needed.
The building will become 90 metres longer with more check in desks / baggage drop off points.
Airport security and the Departure Lounge will also be made bigger to enhance the experience for passengers awaiting boarding after security.
Retail and catering facilities will be expanded throughout the terminal in order to provide a much wider range of shops and services available to passengers.
The final phase will be completed just before Christmas 2013.
The expansion will create an extra 300 jobs such as passenger service, security, retail, catering, baggage handling, engineering and maintenance, plus airline crew from London Southend based airline operations.
London Southend Airport Managing Director Alastair Welch said: “Our aim is to ensure that we deliver a very special level of customer service in Southend and this extension will allow us to ensure we can continue to deliver those high standards as the airport grows. This is also further evidence of the role the redeveloped airport is playing in supporting the regeneration of the wider Essex economy.”