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London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport is on the brink of a major re-development to turn it into a new, easy to use low cost airport.

Southend already handles European passenger and cargo services and is set to increase its flights and extend its range of destinations for both business and leisure passengers.

The £25m development will deliver the newest, fastest. low cost airport in the Eastern Region.

The terminal already offers fast, efficient passenger facilities with the shortest check-in times of all the London airports.

Thereís a coffee shop offering light refreshments and itís just a short, level walk from car, bus or coach for passengers to board their aircraft. The coffee shop has recently been totally refurbished and offers a new menu featuring a large selection of hand made sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes, toasties and the mighty all day breakfast! Not forgetting the vast range of freshly ground coffees.


Southend Airport has a rich history as a commercial and passenger airport spanning 90 years. In the 1980s it was a popular tourist airport taking passengers on the very first package holidays to Spain. Development of the new terminal and railway station will bring about the rebirth of Southend Airport.


1914 - Listed as a potential landing ground by War Office, for both R.F.C and R.N.A.S Later in this year it is taken over as a Home Defence Station!

1915 - The first confirmed flight is attributed to Flight Sub Lieutenant A.W. Robinson R.N.A.S in a Bleriot on the night of May 31st, in an attempted interception of German Army Zeppelin LZ38; however engine failure at 6,000ft forced him down.

LZ38 was a German Army Zeppelin commanded by Haptmann Erich Linnarz and first appeared over Southend at 2.45am on 10th May 1915. Dropping incendiary bombs, it killed one person and injured two. On 26th May Southend was again bombed by LZ38, this time three people were killed and three more injured. During this raid, LZ38 was caught in search light beams and became the first enemy aircraft ever to be illuminated this way. On the night of 31st May, LZ38 was on its way to London when Flight Sub Lieutenant Robinson attempted to intercept it crossing the coast over Shoeburyness. This was the first time any enemy aircraft had attacked London, killing seven people and injuring thirty five. On 7th June, LZ38 was bombed in its shed, at 'Evere' near Brussels and burnt out. Linnarz and crew escaped, but only just!


1960 - East Anglian purchased Douglas DC3s (Dakotas) for short haul services.

1961 - The DC4 was modified to carry passengers and cargo, it was renamed Carvair. The first flight of a Carvair was on 21st June, pictured below the modified G-ANYB.

1966 - Channel Airways obtained Viscount 812s from the USA and still fly one DC4 in its fleet. The first visit of the BAC 1-11 airliner, an example owned by B.U.A.

1967 - Channel Airways purchased BAC 1-11-400s. British United Air Ferries divorced from B.U.A and became British Air Ferries Ltd (BAF) and the last BAF B170 flight from Southend in this year. Passengers using Southend Airport reached a record 692,686.

1968 - The 21st Anniversary Air Show was produced. B.E.A Vickers Vanguard are converted to all cargo spec named Merchantman by Aviation Traders Engineering Ltd and Channel Airways purchased two Trident 1E/140s.

1969 - Charters by various European airlines, such as Braathens, Martinair and LTU, continue to operate flying. Flying Tigers Airline fly a Canadair CL-44 on a direct flight from New York's JFK Airport on delivery to Transmeridian Air Cargo.


London Southend Airport London Southend has been privately owned by Regional Airports Limited since April 1994 and was leased from Southend Borough Council on a 150 year Lease. The Airport is staffed by around fifty people who cover Air Traffic Control, Administration, Fire, the Airportís Freight and Cargo operation, security, fuel and aircraft handling.

The Airport is one of the largest employment sites in Southend in terms of jobs with around fifty tenant companies employing some 1,300 people between them.

London Southendís catchment was defined in the last census as 0.8m people within 30 minutes drive time and 5.6m within 60 minutes.

Generally, the Airport with its new Railway Station and integrated Passenger Terminal, when complete, will encourage greater use of the Airport and railway in accordance with the Governmentís objectives for better facilities in London and the South East within the Thames Gateway. With the railway station built, the travel time by train to London will be only 49 minutes.

London Southend Airport London Southend Airport Company Limited.
Southend Airport
Southend on Sea

Email: enquiries at southendairport net


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General Info
Country United Kingdom
Time UTC 0(+1DT)
Latitude 51.571389
51° 34' 17.00" N
Longitude 0.695556
000° 41' 44.00" E
Elevation 49 feet
15 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 002° W (01/05)
Beacon Yes
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

Opr 0900-1800Z++, OT by arng.
Opr 0900-1800Z++, OT by arng.
Opr 0800-2200Z++, OT by arng.
Opr 0800-2200Z++, OT by arng.

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
06/24 5023 x 121 feet
1531 x 37 meters

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil O-117, 1100, Reciprocating Engine Oil (MIL L 6082)

O-123, 1065,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type III)

O-149, Aircraft Turbine Engine Synthetic 7.5c St

O-156, MIL L 23699 (Synthetic Base)Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine
Other Fluids WAI, Water-Alcohol Injection Type, Thrust Augmenation-Jet Aircraft

OX, Indicates oxygen servicing when type of servicing is unknown

CAUTION Dep fr the mrk movement area can be haz. A public road runs thru the undershoot of Rwy 06 close to the rwy end.
FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)
LGT PAPI Rwy 24 GS 3.5 MEHT 48.
OIL O-117-123-149-156
RSTD PPR 2200-0800Z++.
RWY Rpt LDA RWY 24 - 4590.

Runway 06/24

5023 x 121 feet
1531 x 37 meters

Runway 06
True Heading 054.0
Latitude 51.566989
51° 34' 01.16" N
Longitude 0.685992
000° 41' 09.57" E
Elevation 49.0 feet
15 meters
Slope -0.2°
Landing Distance 4196 feet
1279 meters
Takeoff Distance 5023 feet
1531 meters
Displaced Threshold Length 827 feet
252 meters
Lighting System HIRL

Runway 24
True Heading 234.0
Latitude 51.575106
51° 34' 30.38" N
Longitude 0.703822
000° 42' 13.76" E
Elevation 37.0 feet
11 meters
Slope 0.2°
Landing Distance 4873 feet
1485 meters
Takeoff Distance 5023 feet
1531 meters
Displaced Threshold Length 150 feet
46 meters
Lighting System HIRL

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