A Blue Islands flight has been forced to make an emergency landing at London Southend Airport following an engine fire. With 28 passengers on board, the plane made a safe landing with no reports of injuries. While fire crews met the plane on landing the fire was extinguished before the aircraft touched down.
London Southend Airport recently celebrated its first birthday as a regenerated regional airport and its busiest year ever – but further new capacity is coming available to support the airport’s growth, allowing it to make a real difference to the issues faced across the other London airports. Five additional aircraft stands have now been completed and significantly increase the airport’s capacity.
721,661 passengers used London Southend Airport in the year to the end of February 2013. That beats the previous record of 692,000 passengers using the airport over a 12 month period which was set back in 1967, when it was the third busiest airport in the UK (second only to Heathrow and Manchester).
Work on an extension to the terminal at London Southend Airport that will enable more than three hundred additional new, local jobs to be created will get underway in early November. Kier has been appointed as the key contractor for the work, and construction of the extension will be split into three phases.
Its official - London has a new airport. The International Air Transport Association has included London Southend Airport in its classification of the Metropolitan Area of London - meaning the location is now officially London Southend to the rest of the world. In related news, British Airways and Heathrow Airport-owner BAA have criticised funding plans for a proposed estuary airport in London.
While the third runway at London Heathrow still looks unlikely in the near future, London Southend Airport is doing its part in easing aviation capacity constraints in the south-east of England. A proposed extension to the new terminal at the airport has been given the go-ahead by Rochford Council, creating 300 jobs in the area.