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Southend Airport (SEN)

Last year saw 970,000 passengers pass through the doors of London Southend Airport (SEN).

It is a hundred years since the idea of flying planes from Southend was thought about. The current airport has seen many changes since then and the building of the Southend Airport railway station which opened in July 2011 has heralded a new era for travel and transport in Essex.

At present there are four main operators flying from Southend. First Choice, Aer Lingus, Thompson and the latest addition Easyjet.

The most popular destination is Amsterdam but winter sun destinations of Tenerife are also proving popular. Other destinations include Majorca, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Germany and Poland.

In the departure lounge passengers can relax before take off in the Lakers Bar which serves a selection of hot and cold beverages, and snacks. There is a large seating area and a children’s play area to let off steam before the flight.

There is airport shopping available with perfumes, cosmetics, handbags, gifts and alcohol available at up to 20% percent less than high street prices. W H Smiths is there to buy any last minute magazines, paperbacks or treats for the journey and there is a currency exchange too.

There is also a First Class Lounge for passengers requiring that little bit extra.  Travellers who require assistance in the airport are advised to contact the airline they are travelling with first . The ticket desk in the terminal building is the designated assistance meeting point. Business delegates can book a state of the art meeting room with video conferencing equipment  in the arrivals area of the airport.

London Southend Airport is going from strength to strength as they have recently had the planning green light to expand the current terminal building which will mean an increase in check in desks/ baggage drop off points and a bigger arrivals area and immigration point. The future plans will also see a greater variety of hotels, shops and services for passengers to help passengers holidays get off to a flying start.