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London Southend Airport

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London Southend Airport, based between Southend-on-Sea and Rochford in Essex, has consistently been voted as Britain’s best airport on several occasions in the last decade, and now’s your chance to discover why, as you have the opportunity to discover Essex and head to the Capital on a number of special flying experiences, including Helicopter Flights and Pleasure Flights. Find more details of available packages to book and information about London Southend Airport today on the FlyDays website.
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London Southend Airport Flying Experiences

Now here's a question for you. Which airport, in the last year (2023), do you reckon has been voted Britain's best? Your mind might immediately go to the obvious contenders; Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted. But the real answer might surprise you, for it's actually London Southend Airport.

Voted the best airport in Britain and also the best London airport by the online consumer group Which?, it has seen over 2.6 million passengers depart and arrive in the last four years.

Southend Airport Location

Its close proximity to both Rochford and the seaside town of Southend-On-Sea in Essex might have something to do with that, and it is well connected to many other locations in the southernmost corner of the county, as well as being easily accessible from the M25 motorway. The airport itself has good rail links to London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria, and bus connections to the rest of Essex.

History of London Southend Airport

The airfield was first established in World War I, by the Royal Flying Corps, as RFC Rochford, in 1914, with both they and also the Royal Navy Air Service (RNAS) taking control of the base until 1919, when it closed and reverted to farmland.

In 1935, it was opened as a municipal airport, officially opened in the September of that year by the then Under-Secretary of State for Air, Sir Philip Sassoon, who arrived in his deHavilland Leopard Moth. However, with the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the Air Ministry requisitioned the airfield, which became known as RAF Rochford, and was used as a satellite airfield, as well as a base for fighter squadrons including Supermarine Spitfires, Hawker Hurricanes and Bristol Blenheims.

From the 1950s onwards, the airfield returned to civilian and commercial use and expanded greatly, with three new tarmac runways added. And by the time the 1960s dawned, Southend had become the third busiest airport in the UK. However, by the end of February 1972, Channel Airways, which had run flights out from the airport, had ceased operations, and by the early 1990s, it was sold by Southend Borough Council as it had been steadily on a decline, losing money and passengers.

But it was 1993 when Regional Airports Ltd purchased the airport, rebranding it to what we now know it as today. It was in their hands until 2008, when it was then sold to the Stobart Group, who thus bought in a lot of the expansions and extensions that have helped it become so popular, with a new terminal opened in 2012 ahead of the Olympic Games being held in London.

Flying Experiences at London Southend Airport

Today, those looking for Flying Experiences in the East of England such as Helicopter Rides and Pleasure Flights can look to take to the skies above Essex - or to head in-land towards the City of London - to enjoy a special sightseeing trip with a difference from London Southend Airport. We have a selection of these packages for one or for two available to book, starting from as little as £49. They are a particularly great gift idea for any special occasions, so why not explore them above with us on FlyDays today?

Terms and Conditions for London Southend Airport

Once you order a voucher, it will be dispatched by one of our agency partners by e-voucher or by post, depending on which you choose when you checkout.

Vouchers are valid until the expiry date shown on your Voucher (typically 10-12 months).

In most cases, once you activate your voucher you will be sent the instructions to redeem the voucher directly with the airfield or operator. Because flying experiences (other than simulators) can only take place in suitable/ safe weather conditions, you must be prepared to be flexible on your activity date. If the agent or operator cancels your experience date, they will inform you as soon as possible and do their very best to offer an alternative date or location. Once a specific date has been booked, you will automatically become bound by the terms and conditions that the individual operator may have. This does not affect your statutory rights.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the descriptions contained on our products are a true reflection of the experience, these do not form part of a contract. If on contacting the operator you feel that the activity taking place no longer accurately represents the activity purchased, the relevant agent will exchange the voucher or refund the purchase price.

If you have any more questions about London Southend Airport gift vouchers and experiences please contact us.

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