London Southend Airport to begin terminal extension in November
Date added: October 29, 2012
Southend airport is set to begin a €12m terminal extension project in early November 2012. The process will be in three phases. The first phase will be construction of a new arrivals facility with completion scheduled by the end of May 2013. Completion of the project will see expansion of the terminal building to 90m long, a rise in number of check-in desks/baggage drop off points and adding space for passengers in security. The Departure Lounge will be expanded and there will be changes in Arrivals. The airport anticipates the final phase to be finished ahead of Christmas 2013. They hope the number of passengers will top 2 million by 2020.
Kier, as a prime contractor, will be responsible for work and construction of the three-phased extension project.
Construction of a new arrivals facility will be taken up in the initial phase, with completion scheduled by the end of May 2013.
London Southend Airport managing director Alastair Welch said that the airport’s objective is to enhance customer service levels in Southend and this extension will assist the airport in delivering high standards as it grows.
“This is also further evidence of the role the redeveloped airport is playing in supporting the regeneration of the wider Essex economy,” Welch said.
Completion of the project will see expansion of the terminal building to 90m long, a rise in number of check-in desks/baggage drop off points and adding space for passengers in security.
“Construction of a new arrivals facility will be taken up in the initial phase, with completion scheduled by the end of May 2013.”
The Departure Lounge will be expanded to improve the passengers’ experience while they relax and await boarding following security.
Kier Construction operations director Nick Bache said: “An important project for the Essex region, the terminal extension will provide some fantastic improvements for passengers and will enable us to utilise our extensive airport experience.”
The airport’s Arrivals area will be equipped with improved baggage reclaim facilities, while the immigration space will undergo expansion, in addition to larger retail and catering facilities through the terminal to provide passengers with a wide range of shops and services.
London Southend Airport anticipates the final phase to be finished ahead of Christmas 2013.
SOUTHEND Airport has announced it is about to start work on a new £10million terminal extension with the creation of more than 300 new jobs.
Airport bosses say work will get underway early next month. It will begin with the construction of a new arrivals area expected to be completed by May 2013.
The rest of the 90-metre extension will be ready by Christmas 2013 and will help cater for growing passenger numbers which are expected to top 2 million by 2020.
The extra room will allow for more check-in desks and baggage drop-off points and there will be more space for passengers in security.
Announcing the expansion this afternoon, Airport director Alastair Welchsaid: “Our aim is to ensure that we deliver a very special level of customer service in Southend and this extension will allow us to ensure we can continue to deliver those high standards as the airport grows.
“This is also further evidence of the role the redeveloped airport is playing in supporting the regeneration of the wider Essex economy.”
Kier has been appointed as contractor for the work.
The departure lounge will also be bigger, giving passengers more room to relax while they wait to board flights. A larger arrivals area will provide better baggage reclaim facilities and a larger immigration area.
Retail and catering facilities will be expanded throughout the terminal in order to provide a much wider range of shops and services available to passengers.
London Southend Airport terminal extension approved
Southend airport has been granted approval for the extension of its terminal building by Rochford Council. There will also be five more aircraft stands. Despite strong opposition, only one member of the public was permitted to speak against the application. Only two councillors voted against. Work on the extension will start later this year. The new terminal was opened in March, but the extension will add another 90 metes to it, more than doubling its size, with more check-in desks and baggage drop off points. more security screening channels, larger arrivals and departures lounges, more retail etc. It has emerged that Anglian Water were not informed of the application. SAEN understands that the water company is less than happy, as the new terminal as it stands was only just approved as it took the sewage system up to 100% capacity. The extension will exceed capacity. The airport is looking at 6 million passengers per year by 2020, rather than the 2 million previously anticipated.
Rochford District Council approves more expansion of Southend Airport
21.4.2012 (SAEN – Stop Airport Extension Now, at Southend)
RDC has granted permission to more than double the size of the new terminal at Southend Airport, only weeks after it first opened, at a meeting on Thursday 19th April. Despite strong opposition, only one member of the public was permitted to speak against the application. No one spoke in support of it.
Approval was given despite a large number of councillors being absent. Only 14 attended, six of whom declared interests but were still allowed to vote. Voting took place almost immediately after SAEN member Bernard Free had finished speaking. There was no detailed scrutiny of the application by councillors, in stark contrast to the residential application they had considered earlier in the agenda.
SAEN Chairman, Graham Whitehead said “This is unfortunately the level of democracy we have come to expect from our local councils. They go through the motions of consulting residents, then completely ignore them and do whatever the airport wants. The airport hasn’t kept their promise of thousands of jobs and residents’ quality of life is being destroyed.”
It has emerged that Anglian Water were not informed of the application. SAEN understands that the water company is less than happy. They have stated that the new terminal as it stands was only just approved as it took the sewage system up to 100% capacity. Clearly, the newly-approved terminal extension will put the sewage system over-capacity with the additional rain water and other waste that the system will need to accommodate.
In the past, the Airport has always said that they are aiming for 2 million passengers per year by 2020. However, it is understood that easyJet are looking to handle as many as 6 million passengers per year. This will mean even more noisy flights over the 70,000 local residents who live under the flight path and more congestion on Southend’s busy roads.
Notes to Editors
“Stop Airport Extension Now” (SAEN) was formed to campaign against the runway extension at Southend Airport. The group is not opposed to the Airport itself, which has co-existed with the residents of Southend for many years. SAEN is opposed to the inappropriate expansion of the airport, which is causing a massive increase in flights and destroying the lives of the people living, working or going to school anywhere near the flightpath.
Extension To Southend Airport Terminal , with five more aircraft stands , passed. There were some strong objections from residents, however the key factor for most councillors was that the limit of 53,300 (plus 5,300 cargo) aircraft movements a year would still apply. One of the ward councillors, Keith Gordon, moved approval, neither of the other ward councillors wanted to speak and rather to everyone else’s surprise a vote was then taken very quickly. The application was passed overwhelmingly, with only Councillors Michael and Diane Hoy voting against.