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We’ll tell of the airport’s success back in Japan
EXPERTS from Japan took inspiration from Southend as they looked at examples of a commercially successful airport.
Researchers from the Nomura Research Institute visited Southend Airport, which has had more than £120million of investment since 2008.
The group was in the UK on behalf of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in light of recent moves to privatise the country’s airports.
It was felt the UK experience would be valuable to learn from, so the group contacted bosses at Southend and asked if they could visit.
Shingo Mochimaru, from the Nomura Research Institute, said: “It has been incredibly instructive for us to hear all about how a private and public partnership can work so successfully.
“I know the story of Southend Airport will give a great deal of confidence and encouragement to our authorities back home in Japan as they embark on their ambitious development.”
Southend Airport’s operations director, David Lister, said: “Southend Airport is a perfect example of private sector investment working in partnership with Government to create a transport infrastructure that includes not just planes, but also connectivity with trains.
“Because of this unique ‘simply easier’ philosophy in all we do, Southend Airport has quickly become the airport of choice for people across Essex, London and beyond.
“Therefore, we were very pleased to welcome the group from the Nomura Research Institute and share our experiences and ideas with them.”
New facilities at Southend include a railway station on the Liverpool Street line, an air traffic control tower, terminal building, runway extension, four-star Holiday Inn and radar.
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