Seamless Connections: Unlocking London via Southend Airport for Travelers

In aviation history, 2023 is a very rewarding year for London Southend Airport as it proudly claims the 5th ranking among the best airports in the UK, a recognition based on reviews and opinions from travelers; However, this notable achievement comes as a no surprise as in the previous year of 2019, Southend Airport was ranked the best airport in the UK in Which? Airport Passenger Survey. This survey focuses on obtaining feedback and opinions from travelers about their experiences at different airports, knowing their feedback on various topics related to the airport experience, such as check-in experience, security procedures, cleanliness, facilities, and customers’ overall experience.

London Southend Airport
London Southend Airport © Stephen Mason

Why Southend Airport is a Prime Option for London Travelers

London Southend Airport is in Essex County, north of Southend-on-Sea and east of London. Despite its size, Southend Airport appeals to those seeking respite from the heated atmosphere of larger airports. It offers a swift check-in service that contributes to its appeal. The airport facilitates a 3-hour pre-flight opening period. One traveler’s Google review stood out:

review of one of travelers
Google Review of one of the travelers

“One of the more relaxing airports in London. Just a one-hour train trip from London’s Liverpool Street station and a quick 5-minute walk from the station through security leads to a satisfying meal. Notably, Southend boasts the cleanest railway station I have ever seen, with remarkably friendly security staff—truly distinct from other experiences.”

Seeing how London Southend Airport made its mark on travelers is truly impressive. The convenience shown in this short one-hour train journey from London’s Liverpool Street Station has resonated. The traveler’s comment remarks on the airport’s priority in providing a calm and hassle-free journey atmosphere.

Travelers traveling from London Liverpool street station
London Liverpool Street Station ©Petr Brož

Optimal Travel Routes from Central London to Southend Airport

London Southend Airport is approximately 36 miles from the centre of London, and for non-drivers, public transportation is the most efficient means of reaching the airport. Direct trains operate between London Liverpool Street and Southend Airport every 15 minutes, completing the journey in just 50 minutes. The route presents a great alternative for central London residents and a mere 40-minute trip from Stratford in East London.

London rail connectivity map to Southend Airport
How to travel from London to Southend Airport Source: London Southend Airport

Top Vacation Destinations for Travelers

Although the airport no longer serves many of the destinations due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Southend Airport is recovering, with travelers’ top destinations to Faro, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, and Amsterdam operated by EasyJet, which are the favourite ones among London Travelers, and with their excellent connection flights. Other destination countries include Switzerland and Bulgaria. You can confirm this information on the London Southend Airport official website.

Aerial view of port in Palma de Mallorca, Spai
Aerial view of port in Palma de Mallorca, Spain ©Dudlajzov

Expanding Travel Horizons for Passengers

Although London Southend Airport presently serves only six destinations in five countries, exciting developments are on the horizon. By the end of October 2023, a new European destination—Paris’ Charles de Gaulle—will join the roster. easyJet will operate this new route.

John Upton, London Southend Airport CEO, in his interview for Essexlive, mentioned, “The whole aviation sector went through a truly difficult time during the pandemic, and we’re now collectively working hard to rebuild and grow again. The ethos around our ‘restart’ mindset is simple. It’s about working at pace, being nimble, and going for growth.” Upton describes London Southend Airport as the most modern, cost-effective, and sustainable Airport in London, and he is confident that Airlines recognize these positive aspects of Southend Airport. CEO’s priority is bringing them back as faster as he can.

With a dedicated focus on growth and a reputation for providing an excellent travel experience, London Southend Airport stands as a marker of success and innovation in the world of aviation while continuing to redefine travel standards. And you? Do you plan to travel from London Southend Airport? We encourage you to engage with us by sharing your stories and experiences in the comments.

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Aleksandra Wasilewska
Aleksandra Wasilewska
Aleksandra known as Lexi is an Aviation Reporter Intern with a background in Aviation , previous work in and degree in Media and Communications. Her passion for travelling, storytelling, and exploring new cultures drives her enthusiasm for creating media content. Born in Poland, she spent her childhood in Portugal, and she currently lives in the vibrant city of London.