Airport Name
London Southend Airport

Airport Location
Almost 3km (2 miles) from Southend, Essex.



(0) 1702 608100

Airport Overview

Many travellers were surprised when easyJet announced that it would start flying from London Southend Airport. From April 2012 (in time for the Olympic Games) the low-cost airline will operate 70 flights per week on ten scheduled routes to popular holiday and business destinations including Barcelona, Faro, Ibiza, Edinburgh and Belfast. EasyJet’s routes will add to the airport’s current offering of flights to Galway and Waterford with Aer Arann and summer flights to Jersey with Flybe.

Southend Airport is owned by the Stobart Group, which has invested heavily in the air field, constructing a new control tower and train station. Plans for a new terminal and hotel are well underway.

Southend’s USPs are reduced flight times, a speedy terminal experience (15 minutes from plane to train is the goal) and regular trains into London (eight per hour). Journey times to the city are about 50 minutes, roughly the same as the Stansted Airport-Liverpool Street journey.

Terminal Transfer

London Southend is a one-terminal airport.

Getting into Town

Helicopter: Those with deep pockets could take a helicopter to Central London. It’s an 18-minute journey from the airport to Battersea Heliport or to docklands and Canary Wharf.

Train: During peak times, up to eight trains per hour run between Southend Airport and London.

Bus: Routes 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9 travel to Southend and other parts of Essex.

Taxi: The taxi rank is a mere 100m (330 ft) from the terminal building.

Car Parking

The car park is located 100m (330ft) from the entrance to the terminal. Parking is free.

Information Desks

There’s a small tourist information desk.

Airport Facilities

Money and communications: An ATM dispenses sterling and euro notes.

Luggage: There are no storage facilities or lost-and-found desk at SEN.

Conference and business: There’s an executive VIP lounge.

Facilities: Passport photo booth. A 100-seater coffee shop and restaurant caters for passengers’ needs. Southend Airport’s layout – no stairs or escalators and ground-level access to aircraft – makes it easy for disabled passengers to get around.


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