Guide to the Airport
Southend Airport (IATA: SEN, ICAO: EGMC) is a small airport in the south east, in the county of Essex. It mainly operates charter and business flights, and offers maintenance services for the aircraft used for passenger services at larger airports.
Now known as London Southend Airport because of its proximity to London. A frequent train service runs from Rochford Station to London (Liverpool Street) and buses and taxis are readily available outside the existing terminal.
Maintenance work at Southend Airport includes re-painting, the renewal of seating, upgrades to avionics and installation of hush-kits on engines and the conversion of passenger aircraft into cargo carriers.
The airport's ambition to restart passenger flights dovetails with Government aims outlined in the White Paper on airport development and the strategic 'Thames Gateway' development. Undoubtedly the airport will have a role to play in supporting the 2012 London Olympics in East London. Whilst a local consultation carried out by the airport showed that most people in the area are in favour of the airport's proposals, a minority of the local population have objections to this. In 2002/3 a debate centered on the idea of relocating a church further away from the side of the main runway. This would have enabled passenger aircraft, of a size already regularly seen at the airport for maintenance purposes, to offer passenger flights to domestic UK and European destinations. However, a compromise scheme, that sees the church remain where it is, has now been worked out, implemented and licensed by the CAA, at the expense of slightly shortening the available runway lengths. This means that passenger flights will be able to restart, but with aircraft of a size similar to those in already in use both at Southend and at London City airport.
ATC (Lasham) are the major engineering company at the airport, having taken over Heavylift Engineering company. Other companies include Air Livery, Inflite Engineering, Flightline Aircraft Engineering, JRB Aviation, Avionicare, IAVNA and BAC Engineering.
London Southend Airport has an excellent weather record, which means that many smaller airliners use it as a diversion alternative when adverse weather or other incidents cause aircraft to divert in quantity from either Stansted or London City Airport.
The airport is also popular with film-makers, who find that the airport is able to accommodate their needs better than busier airports.
It has a cafe/lounge for spectators and private pilots, an information
terminal, a photo booth and a cash machine. Some busy pubs and retail
warehouses front the road between the air terminal and the town centre.
A preserved Avro Vulcan may be seen from that road. There is no longer
a museum at this airport which once reverberated to flying car ferries
such as the piston-engined Bristol Freighter.