CAN I just say how thrilled I am that Southend Airport is on my doorstep.

I know not everyone feels the same way, but as someone who regularly travels, the place has been a Godsend.

With all the fantastic destinations that you can now go to without having to head all the way to Gatwick or Stansted, (plus the amount of jobs the expansion has created), it’s well worth putting up with a bit of extra noise, surely?

I love the fact that after my plane touches down I can be home within 20 minutes, door to door.

The airport is an asset to our community and our county as a whole and we should celebrate it.