London Southend has been privately owned by Regional Airports Limited since April 1994 and was leased from Southend Borough Council on a 150 year Lease. The Airport is staffed by a SERCo contract employing around fifty people who cover Air Traffic Control, Administration, Fire, the Airport’s Freight and Cargo operation, security, fuel and aircraft handling.
The Airport is one of the largest employment sites in Southend in terms of jobs with around fifty tenant companies employing some 1,300 people between them.
London Southend’s catchment was defined in the last census as 0.8m people within 30 minutes drive time and 5.6m within 60 minutes.
Generally, the Airport with its new Railway Station and integrated Passenger Terminal, when complete, will encourage greater use of the Airport and railway in accordance with the Government’s objectives for better facilities in London and the South East within the Thames Gateway. With the railway station built, the travel time by train to London will be only 48 minutes.
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