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London Southend Airport

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London Southend Airport Delays

London Southend Airport lies just under two miles north of the town of Southend, Essex, in the district of Rochford.

London Southend Airport History

The existing site was first used as an airfield during the World War One years by the Royal Flying Corps. When known as RFC Rochford in 1916, the airfield was used as a base for military aircraft to attack German zeppelins, which were flying over Britain on bombing raids. Following the end of the War, the airfield was abandoned until 1935, when it began to be used for municipal flights. In 1939, however, the airfield was then taken over by the Air Ministry, and was used throughout World War Two as a satellite base, and as a base for spitfires, hurricanes and Blenheim bombers.
The legendary airline entrepreneur Freddie Laker used Southend Airport in the late 1940s for flights involving his Air Charter Limited company. Laker also had another of his companies based at Southend - Aviation Traders. Notable airlines that were based at Southend include British World Airlines (BWA), Dan-Air, and Channel Airways, which, in the 1960s, was one of the main five independent airlines in the UK. As other airports in the South of England began to grow, such as Gatwick, Luton and Stansted, Southend Airport passenger numbers began to diminish. Consequently, it has only been through redevelopment in recent years that Southend has started to flourish again as an international airport.

2008 Redevelopment

In 2008, following London Southend Airport being bought by the Stobart Group, a huge amount of investment has taken place, with the figure being put at over £100 million. 500 new jobs have also subsequently been created. The investment has included a new air traffic control tower and terminal building, and the runway has also been extended. A train station from London Liverpool Street also aids travel for visitors from and to the heart of London.

From February 2012 to February 2013, 721,661 passengers used the airport, which is a new record for London Southend. The previous highest recorded figure was set way back in 1967, when just under 3,200,000 people used the airport, with only Heathrow and Manchester airports having more passengers during that year.
On April 2nd, 2012, easyJet began operating from London Southend Airport and now has flights going to many European destinations, mostly to Spain. Currently, Belfast is the only British location easyJet flies to, but from May 2013 there will be flights to Edinburgh. In June, 2013, flights to Newquay will commence, as well as to Berlin and Krakow.
Operated by Aer Arann and Aer Lingus Regional run three daily return flights from London Southend to Dublin, which can also be used to make connections to American destinations such as New York, Boston and Chicago. London Southend Airport was rated the best airport for customer service in a recent survey of over a hundred airports in Europe. The survey of 26,000 passengers revealed that 92% were satisfied with the customer service at London Southend. Punctuality, check-in and boarding efficiency were all taken into account.

Delays At London Southend Airport

A London Southend airport delay has been a rare event in the spring of 2013 so far. The only delayed flights at London Southend Airport in the early spring were several flights involving Aer Lingus. If a Southend to Dublin Aer Lingus flight is delayed for any reason in the hands of the airline, which results in the flight arriving three hours late, a passenger may receive up to £480 in compensation. To make sure you get your compensation quick and easily, you may consult Flightright and their law experts our help you.

What rights do I have?

Under EU law, you can get up to 480£ compensation in the event of a delay, cancellation or overbooking of your flight.
This is true regardless of the ticket price and up to 6 years retrospectively.


What to do when delayed?

  • gather information
  • Take photos
  • You are entitled to vouchers
  • Keep documents from the airline, such as letters, tickets, vouchers
250 €
< 1,500km
3H Delay
400 €
1,500km - 3,500km
3H Delay
600 €
> 3,500km
3H Delay
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