Daily Car Hire Rates in Southend Airport
*daily rates in Southend Airport based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.
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Southend Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?
- The airport used to be the third busiest in the UK until the opening of Stansted Airport
- It’s now called London Southend Airport to give it more importance
- You can get a train directly from the airport into London’s Liverpool St Station
- The plans are to increase passenger numbers there to 2m by 2020
- The airport is owned by Stobart Group, the haulage company and is a base for easyJet
- Easyjet route to the new Corvera Airport begins on 18 January 2019 from Southend Airport.
Southend Airport Mini Guide
Who Flies to Southend Airport?
It was once a major UK airport before disappearing into oblivion. For years it was an airport no one ever thought of flying to but now that transport links have improved, it’s rising, phoenix-like, from the ashes. Expected to help over 2m passengers by the end of the decade, it’s becoming a viable alternative to other London airports, especially with the arrival of easyJet.
Where can I fly in From to Southend Airport?
Many destinations are served by easyJet from the airport including Holland, Germany
and more. The list is likely to keep expanding too so keep an eye out on the easyJet website for more new routes!
What is the Airport Like?
Since its purchase by Stobart Group, the airport has really taken off. It’s becoming a little crowded at times but an extension to the terminal building begun last November is making great progress. Currently with only limited shopping and eating facilities, the improved passenger terminal, due to open in 2014 will improve matters considerably.
Latest Update from Southend Airport:
- Passenger numbers have risen significantly since Easyjet began services in 2012 and the completion of the refurbishment. The airport owner expects 2 million passengers to pass through its door by 2020, current numbers of around 900k suggest that is some way off.
- Despite seeing a fall in profits last year, Southend Airport is continuing with its expansion plans to become one of the UK's leading medium sized airports.
This year, expectations were that the airport would top a million passengers for the first time but that target is likely to be dwarfed now the new multi-million pound terminal has opened. Instead, the capacity of the airport has risen to five million and it's hoped that some of the capacity will be absorbed by the creation of a new airline; Stobart Air, as a joint venture with Flybe.
The new airline will initially offer six new destinations across Europe from June this year; to Antwerp, Caen, Groningen, Maastricht, Munster and Rennes. Joining the Stobart Air group will be Aer Arann which currently offers Irish and Scottish routes. The new ventures in 2014 look set to propel Southend Airport up the list of busiest airports in the UK, settling just inside the top ten and busier than Newcastle or East Midlands Airports. It will be the only airport in the UK that is owned and operated by an airline, mimicking Doha International but on a much smaller scale!
Ideally positioned for residents of the east of London, the airport has become a viable and often cheaper way of escaping from the continent. There are quick and easy routes from the capital to the airport meaning that for parts of London, it's quicker to travel to Southend than to Heathrow. The new terminal brings the airport firmly into the 21st century with a wide selection of facilities including shops, restaurants and car hire desks from which pre-booked car hire can be collected.