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Southend Airport Parking

You can save a great deal on parking at Southend Airport by pre-booking with Purple Parking. We can arrange off-airport parking at a reasonable and competitive price with our parking partners SACP Park & Ride, and SACP Meet & Greet

SACP provide secure parking at their car park which is located just 2 miles from the airport. Their Meet & Greet service offers the convenience of dropping your car off at the airport, whereas their Park & Ride service is an economical alternative which includes courtesy transfers to and from the airport terminal which take only 3 minutes.

Southend Airport is situated about 2 miles north of Southend town centre and 36 miles east of Central London. It is easily accessible by car. The airport can be found just off of the A127 which can be accessed from the M25; the A13 and the A12.

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Parking Services at Southend Airport

At Southend Airport, Purple Parking offers Meet & Greet services operated by:

With a Meet & Greet service, just drive yourself to Southend Airport where you will be met by a chauffeur from SACP. The chauffeur will collect your vehicle and take it to SACP’s secure car park nearby, where it will stay for the duration of your trip. When you return, call the car park as soon as you have reclaimed your baggage and a chauffeur will be waiting to hand your vehicle back to you once you have cleared the airport terminal.

We also offer Park and Ride services operated by:

With Park & Ride, simply drive yourself to SACP’s secure car park which is located just 2 miles from the airport. Once you have checked in, load your luggage on to the courtesy transfer bus, then sit back and relax whilst you are driven the short distance to the airport terminal. On your return, the courtesy bus will take you straight back to the car park and your car which will be ready for you to collect.

Facilities at Southend Airport

London Southend Airport provides a small but adequate range of facilities for business and leisure travellers including disabled passengers.

Business Facilities - There is an executive lounge at London Southend. For a single fee it offers complimentary ipad docks, WIFI, daily newspapers and magazines, hot and cold drinks (including certain alcoholic beverages) and snacks.

Leisure Facilities - London Southend's terminal has an adequate range of shopping and eating facilities with food outlets accessible both in arrivals and departures before security and more in departures after security. There are also foreign currency exchange, lost property, telephones, toilets and trolleys available at the terminal.

Internet facilities - There is a WI-Fi network available at the airport

Facilities For Disabled Passengers – London Southend's terminal building has its concourse, departures and arrivals on one level with security, first class lounge and Laker's bar on a mezzanine level. There are lifts, escalators and stairs within the terminal to allow easy access for every passenger. However if you require assistance with boarding or disembarking the aircraft or at any point during your travel through the terminal you are requested to contact London Southend Airport prior to travelling on +44 (0) 1702 538517

About Southend Airport

London Southend Airport (SEN) is the smallest of London's six main airports and is the UK's 38th busiest in terms of numbers of passengers. It is located in Rochford, Essex, 2 miles north of Southend town centre and 36 miles east of Central London.

In 2011, London Southend Airport handled just 42,000 passengers, however that figure is 38,000 more than in 2010, an amazing annual increase of 950%.

A £100 million expansion and redevelopment programme by airport owners, the Stobart Group and inclusion in the London area classification by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have been key factors in the airports rapid growth

SEN offers domestic flights within the UK and international flights to destinations in Europe.

The History of Southend Airport

The First World War saw the creation of Southend as a flying base. The War Office listed the site as a potential landing ground in 1914, the first flight followed in 1915 and there was regular RFC activity at Southend throughout the War until 1919. In 1933 the site was purchased by Southend Council, and the airport was officially opened in 1935.

At the start of the Second World War Southend Airport was again requisitioned by the RAF and all civil flying ceased. Over the course of the War a number of Squadrons were based on the site. After the war ended Southend Council again took over the airport, running scheduled services in the late 1940's to the Channel Islands and Ostend.

Two new runways were laid in the mid-1950's which led to commercial flights for both passengers and cargo operations. In 1967 British Air Ferries were formed and for many years became synonymous with Southend Airport. 1967 also saw a record number of passengers using the airport – a remarkable 692,686. By the mid-1970's traffic at the Airport was in decline, despite BAF and, later, Air UK continued to run scheduled services to a variety of European destinations and the Channel Islands. Engineering and maintenance operations become an increasing part of the Airport's business.

In 1994 Southend Council sold the airport to Regional Airports Ltd. In 1998 the government approved plans for London Southend Airport to build a new passenger terminal and railway station.

London Southend Airport was sold again in 2008 to the Stobart Group. In October 2009 a planning application to extend the runway was submitted and on 20th January 2010 was passed by Southend Borough Council's Development Control Committee. The application was then reviewed by the local government and duly passed on the 19th March.

The new Southend Airport railway station was made operational in July 2011 and was officially opened by the Minister of State for Transport the Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers MP in September 2011.

A brand new, a state of the art Air Traffic Control tower was made operational in July 2011. A new, re-sited, passenger terminal building was opened to the public in February 2012 and was officially opened by the Secretary of State for Transport the Rt. Hon. Justine Greening MP in March 2012. A runway extension was also made operational in March 2012. Whilst modest in size, this would allow for London Southend to accommodate the new generation of medium capacity, high-efficiency jets being adopted by regional airlines operating scheduled flights and shorter range holiday charter.

As one of the first new operators to take advantage of the new facilities under development at London Southend, Aer Arran Regional commenced twice daily scheduled flights between London and Ireland, to both Waterford and Galway in spring 2011. Commercial operations are projected to serve two million passengers per annum by 2020. A brand new on site hotel, Holiday Inn Southend, was completed in October 2012. The hotel boasts 129 rooms, 14 executive rooms, six suites and a rooftop bar and terrace.

In April 2012 a proposed extension to the new terminal at London Southend Airport was given the go-ahead by Rochford Council. The Phase 2 extension is to ensure that high standards of service are not compromised as passenger numbers grow towards 2million per year by 2020. The terminal building will become 90 metres longer. The number of check in desks / baggage drop off points will increase, as will the amount of security screening channels. The Departure Lounge will grow in size to enhance the experience for passengers relaxing and awaiting boarding after security. A larger Arrivals area will have enhanced baggage reclaim facilities and a larger immigration area. Retail and catering facilities will be expanded throughout the terminal in order to provide a much wider range of shops and services available to passengers.