A new extension to the new terminal at London Southend Airport has been approved by Rochford Council. The extension is to boost capacity to around two million passengers a year by 2020 and will create 300 new jobs.
Construction will start later this year and will extend the terminal building by 90 metres, holding more check-in desks, baggage drop off points and security screening channels.
The airport is proud to claim that outbound passengers take no more than four minutes to pass through security, and arriving passengers will be from plane to the train within 15 minutes. A stark contrast to Heathrow Airport, which had passengers waiting over two hours at immigration earlier this month.
London Southend Airport managing director Alastair Welch said: “We are very pleased that Rochford Council has indicated they support this extension, which will ensure that we are able to maintain the high levels of customer service we intend to be the hallmark of London Southend Airport as our passenger numbers grow.
“This is also further evidence of the role the redeveloped airport is playing in supporting the regeneration of the wider economy.”