On January 15, the Stobart Group celebrated ten years since it acquired London Southend Airport (IATA: SEN) with a celebratory event reflecting on the past decade and looking forward to what the future might have in store.
In 2019 – beyond the currently runway resurfacing to allow a greater variety of aircraft to operate from the airport and the April arrival of new partner Ryanair – there are also plans to extend the terminal, introduce self-service Bag Drops and increase the food and beverage outlets on offer to passengers. In 2009 when Stobart took over LSA there were just 3,000 passengers a year using the airport – in 2019 there is expected to be 2.5 million.
It was also revealed the airport will be submitting plans to build a second hotel.
Glyn Jones, CEO of the Stobart Group, which owns the airport commented: “As we get bigger, we also want to get better – unlike other airports we have absolutely no intention of letting the passenger experience slip as we grow, we want it to improve. We will continue to invest in great people, use big data to understand our market and embrace technology and partnerships. We are absolutely determined to retain our title of Which? ‘Best Airport in London’, which we’ve been named five years in a row.”