London Southend Airport is situated on the outskirts of Southend-on-Sea in Essex and is approximately 36 miles east of the centre of London.
London Southend Airport Map
The airport is owned by London Southend Airport Company Ltd and operated by Esken Limited (formerly Stobart Group Limited).
Vulcan Restoration Trust preserve Vulcan XL426 in live ground running condition at London Southend Airport which is open to the public on their Vulcan Days and at other events throughout the year.
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Arrivals/Departures & Scanner Frequencies
Southend Airport Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 130.780
Radar - 130.780
Dir - 128.965
Tower - 127.730
ATIS - 136.055
The airfield was established by the Royal Flying Corps during World War I and had the greatest number of units. The Royal Navy Air Service (RNAS) took over in May 1915 until June 1916 when it became RFC Rochford as a night fighter station intercepting Zeppelin airship raiders. In 1919 the station closed and reverted to farmland until the 1930s.
The airport officially opened as a municipal airport on 18 September 1935. The Air Ministry requisitioned the airfield in 1939 as RAF Rochford (a satellite airfield) comprising fighter squadrons flying Spitfires and Hurricanes as well as Bristol Blenheims. Many of the 50 pillboxes that protected the airfield from paratroop landings still survive today.
In 1993, after the airport had been losing money for many years, Southend Borough Council sold the airport to Regional Airports Ltd (RAL), operator of Biggin Hill Airport. London Southend Airport Co Ltd was formed to operate the airport which was re-branded as "London Southend Airport" with the term "Municipal" dropping from the title. In January 2008, Regional Airports Ltd put the airport up for sale and was bought by the Stobart Air division of the Stobart Group. Planning permission was granted in January 2010 to extend the runway (completed on 8 March 2012) and upgrade navigational and lighting aids. A replacement air traffic control tower became operational on 21 March 2011. A new on-site rail station opened on 18 July 2011 and a new road opened on 1 September 2011, replacing Eastwoodbury Lane that lay in the path required for the runway extension.
Vulcan Restoration Trust
, a registered charity, have owned and maintained an ex-Royal Air Force bomber, Avro Vulcan B2 XL426 (RAF Service: 1962 to 1986), at London Southend Airport, Essex, since 1993.
Getting to London Southend Airport
London Southend Airport is easy to get to and from by car across the south and east of England via the M25. From M25 Junction 29 take the A127 and follow signs for Southend or from central London take either the A12 or A13 and follow signs for Southend. Satnav postcode is SS2 6YF
Since 2011, the airport has its own railway station near the terminal building, Southend Airport railway station on the Shenfield to Southend Line.
The airport is served by buses operated by Arriva Southend from the airport entrance.
It's quick, simple and safe to park onsite at London Southend Airport. Each of our official onsite car parks are just a few minutes walk from the terminal.
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