London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport (IATA: SEN, ICAO: EGMC) qualifies as an international airport, as it does have Customs and border control, but it does not at all benifit from a longer runway and cannot cator for larger aircraft normally associated with international airports,London was added to the name as it was thought it would give the aiport more qudos, the extention gives the airport a runway length that is only 1855.927 meters long and only 37 meters wide. The operator/airline have had to adjust decent angles to cator for the rising land to lesson wake vortex from ripping tiles from roofs, the same residents were ordered to remove tv aerials to lesson chance of damage. Should you be on the elevated land when an aircraft comes in to land , shortly after it passing over head a whipping sound can be heard echoing around the strests and all the trees and bushes shake violently, a result of the vortex from the passing aircraft. The CAA have incorparated into the licence that a compensation scheem must be in place to pay for property damge as a result of the vortexes, Aircraft landing from the north east are only 37 ft above properties, and is only one off (if not the only one) where simple property fencing forms the security fencing for the aiport, after complaints a secondry freestanding steel pannel fence as been erected in front of exsisting fencing, next to this fencing you will find the charlie taxiway where the wingtips of largre jet aircraft are a frightning 27 feet away from property boundry fences. For property owners suffer terribly as somtimes there are multiple aircraft awaiting take off clearence and it has been known that four jet aircraft (eight engines) all spewing exhaust towards the properties, to date both the airport or southend council have refused to offer any duty of care towards the affected residents even though they have been bombarded with complaints and pleads for help.

The airport is situated on the outskirts of Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England, approximately 53.3 miles (via the closest main road network) from the centre of London. (and not 35miles as quoted) The airport straddles the boundaries between the borough of Southend-on-Sea and Rochford District although only a small portion lies within the southend boundry. (95% is in Rochford)

Southend was London's third-busiest airport from the 1960s until the end of the 1970s, when it was overtaken in passenger numbers by London Stansted Airport. Following its purchase by Stobart Group in 2008, a development programme provided a new terminal, and control tower,and a 2nd runway extention giving the above mentioned length and a new railway staion creating a connection on the southend to liverpool street line into the airport, The railway station land is not owned by the airport but leased by network rail to another stobart company (stobart rail) (unrelated to Airport other than by name) which has recently been sold.

Although the airport claims to enhance the area in reality it it a huge burden, with huge amount of complaints over night flight, and ground noise from gargo operations that continue throught the night, aircraft auxillary power supplies can be constanly heard along with tugs towing gargo cages around the airport, they even cut the grass at the airport throughut the night. Southend as town is a deralict shell of its former self, there are very few shops , where people fear to tread at night as the high street has become a no go area. The area councillors have no intrest in forward thinking the reason for the area decline with recent reports of how 39 million tonnes of raw sewage is pumped into the river thames the strech of water that you are likely to wade or swim in should you vist.

Visitor advice choose somewhere else to avoid rip off prices and disapointment.