London Southend Airport (LSA) has received approval for its design of a new terminal building and integrated railway station, which will provide a fast link into central London and connect directly with the docklands.
Though the terminal will house airline operators, the development will increase the available space for business aviation companies. “Once we migrate our current airline services into the new multi-modal facility, we plan to expand our current terminal to accommodate the expected growth of our private and business travel frequencies,” said airport director Bruce Campbell.
It is hoped that the development will increase the number of corporate flyers visiting LSA. “This will be in line with other European regional airports meeting the demand in their catchment area and offering point-to-point services, but with the added advantage of a fully integrated transport system to London.
“LSA is ideally situated to service the east of the Thames gateway and its location offers quick access to Europe. It does not suffer the same levels of congestion experienced by other London airports and has a history of mild weather. It currently handles diversions from London City and Stansted,” he added.
Work is already under way and the terminal and railway are expected to be fully operational in 2007.