AMAZON night flights are to end at London Southend Airport after a “change of strategic focus”.

Esken has confirmed Amazon cargo night flights at Southend Airport will cease operation from mid-September.

They were Southend Airport’s main cargo freighter service.

In a statement, Esken said: “London Southend Airport has been informed by its global logistics partner that it will cease to use cargo operations at LSA, effective mid- September.

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“LSA has been one of its global logistics customer’s best performing aviation hubs.

“However, the operation has over time reduced from an original 18 flights per week to seven since October 2021 and the global logistics partner has now advised LSA that it will cease operations in line with a change of strategic focus from air freight to road-based cargo.

“This decision is one of several long-term changes to its logistics network throughout the UK designed to fulfil more customer demand locally.”

Esken has never formally confirmed that its “global logistics partner” is Amazon, due to non-disclosure arrangements, despite it being well-known.

Many residents have had been frustrated at the overnight Amazon cargo from Southend Airport and called for them to be scrapped.

London Southend Airport have been contacted for comment.

More to follow.