Southend Airport Named Fastest Growing in Europe

  • 20 Feb, 2014
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Southend Airport Terminal

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London Southend Airport was named the fastest growing airport in Europe in a survey of 300 airports, carried out by Airline Network News and Analysis. It revealed that the airport experienced a 57% increase in passenger numbers in year 2013, growing from 617,556 in 2012 to 969,950 in 2013.

Terminal extension

It is an exciting period for the Essex-based international airport as it opens a brand new £10m terminal extension, boasting a larger departure lounge, updated baggage reclaim section, more check-in desks, a new impressive arrivals area and 5 more plane stands.

Some of the new facilities – such as the arrivals area – have already been open to passengers in June 2013. The improvements are said to help the airport cope with the growing demand and growing passenger numbers.

Boosting passenger flights

A runway extension was also welcomed at the airport back in March 2012 with the latest Instrument Landing Systems also being added.

It was hoped that the runway extension, along with the new terminal, would help boost passenger flights and so far the results have been very impressive. Southend Airport has witnessed a 465% increase in the amount of passengers handled for their 10 busiest routes in 2014. The biggest increase saw passengers handled in flights to Geneva go up by 300%, as 61,712 used the Essex based airport to fly to and from the Italian Riviera.

Flights to and from Berlin and Amsterdam also saw a large increase. Routes to/from Berlin had a 74% increase in passengers whilst Amsterdam saw a 34% increase, making a total of 270,600 passengers.

On top of this, two ‘industry veterans’ have been brought into the airport by the owner to attract more airlines and to boost the impressive passenger flight stats even further.

Passengers flying from London Southend can choose from six on-airport and off-airport parking options; search for the best Southend Airport parking deals here.

What Your Luggage Says About You

  • 17 Feb, 2014
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When it comes to our luggage (inside and out) a lot can be revealed about our personality, age and gender.

For instance, are you a roller, a folder or a stuffer?

A report commissioned by a car rental company last summer discovered that 47% of us consider ourselves to be folders, paying great attention to folding our clothes neatly when packing our suitcases. 33% of us prefer to roll our clothes in the belief that this is the best way of fitting more into a suitcase. Of course, with many airlines charging passengers to put luggage in the hold it is unsurprising that we are desperate to maximise our carry-on allowance. 14% of us own up to stuffing our clothes into the suitcase in any old fashion, not caring that we are going to be faced with a crumpled mess at our destination.

The breakdown of packing habits between age groups and gender threw up some surprises. For instance, there is no real gender imbalance with men being just as likely as women to be folders. Whilst one might expect the 18 to 25 year old age group to be most likely to be stuffers, this is not the case, with 68% of them being neat folders.

In actual fact, the guiltiest of the age groups for stuffing clothes in the case willy-nilly is the 26 to 35 year olds who are five times more likely than their younger counterparts to be stuffers. As might be expected, none of the over 66 age group are guilty of messy packing. Read More

Leaving Your Car Parked for Long Periods

  • 11 Feb, 2014
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We take a look at some of the common questions posed by motorists planning to leave their car at the airport.

Question
I am leaving my car at the airport soon and don’t want to spend my holiday worrying that it won’t start when I get back. What can I do to make sure this won’t happen?
Answer
The biggest enemy of airport parkers is battery failure. The RAC says that batteries are most likely to go flat when the car has been left parked for a long period of time and that this is a particular risk in cold weather. Batteries need to be replaced on average every three to five years, so if yours is on its last legs, perhaps replacing it before you set off for the airport is a good idea.

Question
My battery isn’t that old so I don’t want to replace it. Is there anything I can do to check that it is still in good condition?
Answer
You can have your battery professionally checked but if you want to cut costs there are a few things to look out for yourself.

– Check that there are no cracks in the casing
– Check that there are no white or rust-coloured deposits on the terminals or connectors as this indicates corrosion.
– Make sure there are no bulges in the casing.
– Finally, a good give-away of battery troubles is when the interior lights are dim or will not come on at all.

Question
Is there anything else that I should do to my battery to make sure it is in tip-top condition?
Answer
If your battery is not a sealed unit, you should check the electrolyte level and top up with distilled water. Also make sure that when you leave your car you switch off all lights, heated seats, etc, to avoid the battery draining in your absence. Read More

Considering a romantic holiday for Valentine’s Day?

  • 31 Jan, 2014
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Couple at airport

Valentine’s Day, a popular time for romantically inclined couples to get away, is just around the corner. The big question, as ever, is where to go? We offer a few ideas to get you thinking of your next romantic holiday for Valentine’s Day.

Venice

Venice has to be one of the most romantic cities in the world and its canals make it a very special place. Splash out on a gondola trip if you are feeling flush, or alternatively take a water taxi from the airport which is cheaper and a very romantic way to arrive in the city.

The Grand Canal with its majestic palazzos, St Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Doges Palace, the Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection are of course must-sees, but a stroll through some of the lesser-known medieval alleys and across beautiful bridges can be equally romantic.

Flights to Venice leave from London Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester.

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Airport Hotel Parking Explained

  • 22 Jan, 2014
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If you live a long way from your nearest airport or have a very early departure or late arrival, you might want to consider booking a room at a hotel near the airport. Not only will it guarantee an extra few hours in bed but it can also be an economical way of parking your car too. If you are not quite sure how it works, have a look at our handy guide, which answers some of the most commonly asked questions.

Do all hotels situated near the UK’s leading airports offer parking?

We can’t vouch for every single hotel near an airport but the vast majority offer parking, even the ones that are just a short stroll from the terminal building. There could be a number of different parking arrangements, so check the details if it is important to you:

  • the parking could be at the hotel for the duration of the holiday
  • it could be the case that the hotel reserves the right to move your car during your absence and so requires the car keys to be left
  • the parking could be some way from the hotel right from the time you arrive

Is parking normally free to guests staying at an airport hotel?

There is normally a charge that is usually included in the hotel room rate but is often a real bargain. Transfers from the hotel to the airport are sometimes included in the room rate too but sometimes charged separately, with a typical adult price for Heathrow being £4 each way and at Birmingham £5 for a return fare. Read More