London has a new operating airport. Southend Airport, located in the district of Rochford in the Essex area, is the sixth airport serving the British capital.

How to Get to London from Southend Airport

In fact, the “new” airport is not that new. It was the largest flying ground in Essex in the early 20th century  and the third busiest airport in London in the sixties. But its importance faded in the seventies, when Stansted took its position. In the late noughties it was sold and underwent a massive redevelopment programme, coming out of the shadows in 2011 when Easyjet started flying from there.

I was surprised by how easy it is to reach the airport. There is a train service from London Liverpool Street, stopping at several stations, including Stratford (for the Westfield and Olympic Park),  which will take you there in 52 minutes. The airport is small, especially if you compare it with the other five London airports and extremely easy to navigate.

How to Get to London from Southend Airport

The main hall has a few check-in desks and facilities such as foreign exchange, a coffee shop in the main hall. Going through security is easy and painless – at least when I used the airport. After security check, there’s a business lounge just by the public convenience, and going downstairs you’re right by the airport’s three departure gates. If you forgot to change money, there is an ATM machine with pound sterling and euros. There’s also a coffee shop, a duty free shop selling the usual big brans – Guerlain, DKNY, Dior, Thierry Mugler – or buy your snack at WH Smith.

How to Get to London from Southend Airport

Southend Airport is currently served by Easyjet, flying to many major European cities, and Aer Lingus, with flights to Ireland, and the operators hope to increase passenger numbers to two million by 2020.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transport: Trains leave Liverpool Street station around every 20 minutes weekdays
Ticket Price: One way £15.10 (€19.20, 23.60USD) , round trip £22.10 (€22.10, 34.70USD)
Flights
Easyjet: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Faro, Geneva, Gersey, Mallorca, Malaga and Venice
Aer Lingus: Dublin and Watford

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