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Old 19th Sep 2019, 22:51
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A couple of routes could be considered to have been dropped harshly...Berlin, Krakow, Venice...of course some of the losses were because the 4th aircraft was dropped. Even the weaker ones...EDI in particular...I think would do better nowadays.
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Old 27th Sep 2019, 12:52
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Stobart trading update

Passenger numbers at London Southend Airport have increased by 42% in the six months to 31 August 2019, compared to the same period last year. This substantial growth was driven by the start of Ryanair flights in April, Loganair flights in May and the continued successful growth of easyJet. Access was further improved by the introduction of early and late rail services between London Liverpool Street and Southend Airport.

From October 2019, WizzAir will start flying from London Southend Airport, to three new destinations. These new routes will help support the continued growth in passenger numbers at London Southend Airport in line with the Group's target of reaching 5 million passengers per annum by February 2023. Given the ongoing uncertainty in the sector, in part caused by Brexit, the Group is taking a cautious approach to passenger forecasts in the short term, with the Board working on the basis of circa 2.3 million passengers for the year ending 29 February 2020. This would represent an increase of 53% versus the previous year.
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Old 27th Sep 2019, 12:55
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Crikey. Stobart adopting a cautious approach over SEN. That makes a change from the overly optimistic projections we have seen for the past few years. Still aiming for 5 million pax by 2023 though, for which they'll need new stands, new terminal facilities and new car parking........
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Old 27th Sep 2019, 13:02
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Depends what they mean by "short term", but pax to more that double from Feb 2020 (2.3m) to Feb 2023 (5m) isn't my idea of cautious.
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Old 27th Sep 2019, 13:57
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I assume the new parking will be going on he old industrial estate by Mac Donald’s. Multi story ?
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Old 27th Sep 2019, 14:38
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I assume the new parking will be going on he old industrial estate by Mac Donald’s. Multi story ?

There is no 'old industrial estate' in that location, only the existing retail park. There has been talk of that relocating to the new Southend Airport Business Park under development on the North-West boundary of the airport, but nothing definite as far as I know and certain not to happen in the short term. The old ATEL car park located South-East of Warners Bridge has planning consent for valet parking (only) for 260 vehicles.
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Old 27th Sep 2019, 15:26
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Originally Posted by Expressflight View Post
There is no 'old industrial estate' in that location, only the existing retail park. There has been talk of that relocating to the new Southend Airport Business Park under development on the North-West boundary of the airport, but nothing definite as far as I know and certain not to happen in the short term. The old ATEL car park located South-East of Warners Bridge has planning consent for valet parking (only) for 260 vehicles.
The rumour about the retail estate has been around so long and must be treated as the complete rubbish it is. The new business park is for businesses but not retail. Also how much would Stobart have to stump up to buy the area and flatten the shop units? They could probably utilise areas off aviation way for parking but at the moment it doesn't seem to be an issue as they haven't attempted to use the old Access car park despite have planning (renewed recently) for nearly 4 years and intend to plonk a new hotel on the car park nearest Eastwoodbury Crescent.
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Old 27th Sep 2019, 16:30
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You may well to right regarding the new business park for the reasons you mention, but on-airport parking certainly could become insufficient by as early as next summer, if all Stobart's plans come to fruition, so something will have to be done. I can see no reason why they will not now make use of the new planning consent for the old ATEL car park as it is such an obvious source of additional revenue.
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Old 27th Sep 2019, 21:44
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There is a significant area of land between the railway and Southend Road. Long and narrow, not used for any purpose I am aware of. Of course a bridge would have to be built over the railway, possibly from the roundabout between long stay 1 and 2. This would involve considerable cost but would have to be an option if the land was available.
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Old 27th Sep 2019, 23:52
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Dave, I think that under the Joint Area Action plan this sliver of land was designated as a "green lung" between the airport and the residential areas, so unlikely to be allowed for development.
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Old 28th Sep 2019, 09:02
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Dave, I think that under the Joint Area Action plan this sliver of land was designated as a "green lung" between the airport and the residential areas, so unlikely to be allowed for development.
This is correct. They even got into a bit of bother when they didn't remove the driveway, used when building the railway station, quickly enough after completion.
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Old 28th Sep 2019, 09:06
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Tagron is right.
Some of the very residents that complained about using this area for a drop-off/bus interchange, are now complaining at the £3 charge to drop off/pick-up up at what was until recently, their most convenient railway station to commute to work etc. One could hope that some of the original plan is revisited to allow a free car drop off zone again to the east of the railway, or at least pedestrian/bus/coach access. The ticketing & access arrangements at the rail station would need work doing to accommodate this.

Does anyone remember the "SERT" South Essex Rapid Transport system that was once proposed, using this green space with a dedicated bus lane in and out of Southend town from the airport? It would certainly be good to have the No 7 and 8 buses offer direct connectivity to the airport.
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Old 1st Oct 2019, 09:33
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Looks like the airport and Ensign Bus have kissed and made up. Good to see.

https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/179...r-ever-access/
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Old 1st Oct 2019, 09:47
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While good to see the previously launched service revived, it still is just an early morning arrival SEN at 04:30 and a late evening departure SEN at 23:40 - nothing in between. Perhaps SEN's pax numbers are still insufficient to support daytime coach services from/to London.
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Old 1st Oct 2019, 11:02
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Although the marketing is a bit misleading. You'll be lucky to get any tube or train connections to / from anywhere else at those arrival and departure times at Victoria. The night tube functions on Friday and Saturday night but otherwise it's night buses or taxi
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Old 1st Oct 2019, 12:47
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The resorcefulness of people to find a way to travel beyween home and central London is greater than one might think.

See the number of people getting on/off at Blackfriars/Farringdon at 3 am travelling to/from Luton or Gatwick or those travelling by National Express coach between Victoria and Luton/Stansted
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Old 1st Oct 2019, 16:19
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From April 2020, Kosice and Cluj routes will be operated from STN instead of Southend.

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Old 1st Oct 2019, 20:27
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So Ryanair routes Cluj and Kosice are both transferring to Stansted next year.
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Old 1st Oct 2019, 21:17
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So Ryanair routes Cluj and Kosice are both transferring to Stansted next year.
That is not good news unless they are to be replaced by other routes. Wizzair publicly going for Gatwick slots must be worrying as well....?
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Old 2nd Oct 2019, 13:30
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Three North apron stands being re-marked for allocated Amazon freight aircraft operation, 1st aircraft to arrive tomorrow apparently

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