It's only slightly further away from central London than Stansted. Plans exist to link it by rail to the Capital, and it could be a partial solution to the congestion problems caused by the continued rise in air passengers to and from London. All Southend Airport needs
The current owner, Regional Airports Ltd, says the site is ideal due to the government's commitment to develop existing airfields instead of building entirely new ones on "greenfield" sites. In addition to building new transport links and buildings, the runway would have to be extended to accommodate larger planes.
The local residents are going to be thrilled. It's less than a forthnight since the crash landing at Heathrow and they get news like this.
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