Stobart plans to open a 24 hour private jet centre at Southend airport in November
London is Europe’s busiest city for private aviation, and Southend airport (some 65 km east of London) has become the latest airport to tap into the market. It has announced that the “Stobart Jet Centre” will open in November. Stobart – the owners of Southend airport – hope it will cater for 5,000 private flights per year by 2022, and will be open 24/7 for 364 days a year. That means plane noise on any night for nearby residents, but Stobart see the possibility of flying any time of the night as a big draw for London’s private jet users. [That is, if they can be bothered to travel all the way out to Southend …] And it will be cheap. Stobart says it is “…confident that London Southend Airport will become a refreshing, hassle-free alternative to London’s current, crowded private aviation terminals…. The airport is 42 miles from the heart of London’s West End, while chauffeur transfers are under an hour by road to central London. There are also helicopter transfers to and from Canary Wharf or Battersea Heliport.” London Southend said that with no slot restrictions, it will be able to offer faster departure routes outside of London airspace, reducing flight times. There are restrictions on night flights at Southend, to protect residents from night noise. But these apply to commercial flights, not private jets.
A new private jet centre open 24/7 is coming to London next month
By Rebecca Smith (City AM)
A new private jet centre is opening in the capital next month.
London is Europe’s busiest city for private aviation, and London Southend has become the latest airport to tap into the market, announcing today that the Stobart Jet Centre is opening in November.
The centre is expected to cater for 5,000 private flights per year by 2022, and will be open 24/7 for 364 days a year.
The airport’s owner Stobart Aviation, part of the Stobart Group, said the flexible hours should prove a big draw for the capital’s private jet users.
Stephen Grimes, managing director, Stobart Jet Centre, said:
Convenience, speed and comfort are absolutely vital to the business and private aviation market. This has been at the heart of our thinking in developing our new terminal.
The Stobart Jet Centre will offer guests and pilots a smooth, premium experience because we can offer 24-hour availability and departure routes outside London’s crowded airspace.
We are confident that London Southend Airport will become a refreshing, hassle-free alternative to London’s current, crowded private aviation terminals.
The airport is 42 miles from the heart of London’s West End, while chauffeur transfers are under an hour by road to central London. There are also helicopter transfers to and from Canary Wharf or Battersea Heliport.
London Southend said that with no slot restrictions, it will be able to offer faster departure routes outside of London airspace, reducing flight times.
The airport is also hoping to prove competitive when it comes to landing, parking and handling prices. To park a Boeing business jet at the airport for 24 hours will cost £1,000, which London Southend says is seven times cheaper than some other London airports.
Yesterday, the airport announced expansion plans had nudged closer to taking off after it submitted an application for permission to extend its terminal building to Rochford District Council.
Southend Council’s website says, on night flights:
New controls have been put in place, which impose much more stringent controls on flights, and especially night time movements. Compliance is monitored by the Airport Consultative Committee and the Council and an Airport Monitoring Working Party has been established to review the position.
The new controls include the following important restrictions:
- The number of possible night flights per month has been reduced from more than 900 to 120
- The night period has been increased from 6 hours to 7.5 hours
- Strict noise controls have been introduced on aircraft operating from the airport
- Night time passenger flights are generally prohibited
- There is now a runway preference scheme to restrict the number of take offs and landings over the south west, Leigh-on-Sea area.
The new controls are set out in two planning agreements (s.106 agreements) which can be accessed on the Public Access pages of this website under application reference 09/01960/FULM. The controls are replicated in leases which can be obtained from the Land Registry.
Night Flight Controls (2300hrs – 0630hrs)
Night Flight Quota of 120 ATMs per month2
No aircraft with Quota Count (“QC”) of more than 1.0 (EPNDB 92.9) or any helicopters allowed to take off or land in the night period1 & 2
No Passenger Flights3 to take off or land between 2300 and 0630 unless they are Delayed or Diverted, provided that up to 90 Passenger Flights per month may be scheduled to land during the shoulder period of 2300 and 2330hrs4
If the number of ATMs at night exceed 120 there are provisions for compensatory adjustments in the Night Flight Quota for the following Quota Month.
London Southend is flying high as business travellers push private jet usage up 25%
By Courtney Goldsmith (City AM)
Stobart Group has invested more than £140m into the business airport (Source: London Southend Airport)
Business travel is taking off this year as London Southend Airport reported private jet usage was up 25 per cent year on year between March and August.
Compared to London’s other business jet airports, the Stobart-owned business has the advantages of its convenience and special offerings, said the airport’s head of business aviation Hannah Lo Bao.
London Southend is located 35 miles from central London, about a 55-minute car journey, and its position outside the city’s congested airspace means quicker journeys.
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The airport also boasts short aircraft taxi times, private helicopter transfers to London Battersea heliport and no slot restrictions.
“London Southend Airport is the smart and time efficient choice for business aviation, and we have capacity available,” Lo Bao said.
Stobart Group has invested more than £140m into the airport since it was acquired in 2008. A train station has been built just by the airport’s new terminal providing eight trains an hour to London, and a Holiday Inn has been built on-site.
In October, Stobart Group announced strong interim results for the six months to 31 August, with revenue rising 13 per cent to £65.3m.