London Southend Airport, an airport in the UK, has been included in the classification airports for the Metropolitan Area of London by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
This makes the airport an official airport for the City of London. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has previously acknowledged the airport as an official London airport, but this latest recognition will now mean that it is automatically included, along with Gatwick, Heathrow, City, Stansted and Luton.
The managing director of London Southend airport, Alastair Welch, said, ‘By offering London Southend alongside all the other London airports – especially at this key time when so many new customers are exploring ways of travelling to London for the Olympics – gives us further chances to demonstrate the great customer service and big benefits we can offer people over and above the other London airports, not only this summer, but also beyond.
We look forward to even more people discovering our new light and airy terminal building less than 100 paces from our brand new railway station with up to 8 trains per hour into the heart of London.
Passengers flying out from London Southend will wait for a maximum of four-minutes for security, whilst those arriving with just hand luggage can expect to travel from plane to train within 15 minutes of their aircraft doors opening (30 minutes if collecting luggage).
London Southend Airport is all about simplicity, speed and service – and even more people will get the option to experience it now.’