EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Southend Airport

Southend Airport

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Southend-on-Sea; Essex; East of England


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
52.2 - Support activities for transportation

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 20-03-2010
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 20-03-2010
Foreseen End Date: 30-06-2012
Planned Job Creation: 1000

Additional Information

Southend Airport, Essex, will be creating more than 1000 jobs by July 2012. It has been granted permission to extend its runway to become an alternative to Stansted and London City airports to ease congestion in time for the 2012 London Olympics. It raises speculation that the airport, owned by trucking group Eddie Stobart, could become another significant site for passengers flying from and to London, with the potential for an estimated 2m passengers by 2020. It is likely to attract low cost airlines as it avoids busy London flight paths and saves 20 minutes on European journeys. No figures were given for how many are currently employed by the company.