London Southend Airport’s new ‘Fly Through’ passenger terminal was opened today (March 5) by UK Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP. The new facility signals the completion of the first phase of major developments since the Stobart Group took ownership of the airport in 2008.
The group’s CEO Andrew Tinkler, COO William Stobart, the airport’s MD Alastair Welch and easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall OBE also attended the opening.
The first flights to the new terminal were operated by Aer Arann Regional services. Additionally, from April 2, easyJet will begin 70 services per week from Southend, with destinations including Amsterdam, Barcelona and Malaga.
Mr Tinkler commented: “Since early 2009, we have worked very hard to deliver on the promises we’ve made around bringing the airport back to a new era of possibility.
“Now we are delivering on those promises, with new services to Ireland, over 500 new jobs created, a new railway station, new air traffic control tower, new terminal, new hotel, and we’re extending the runway.”
New retail partners at the terminal include W H Smith, Searcy’s catering – with their Arnold & Forbes café brand – and Stobart Group’s own, and very first, Stobart Airport Shopping outlet for duty free goods.