Promoting Southend to attract investment, support businesses and boost the local economy
June 13, 2018
London Southend Airport owner, Stobart Group, has today announced an exciting new partnership with Ryanair.
This five-year agreement, extendable to ten, will see Ryanair open a new base at London Southend Airport with three Ryanair planes operating out of the airport from Summer 2019, providing 13 routes to eight European countries, including six new destinations.
June 1, 2018
There were more visitors to Southend Pier last month than any other May since official records began in 2006.
A total of 47,048 visitors visited the world’s longest pleasure pier this May, smashing the previous record of 37,349 in May 2016.
Two bank holidays of sunny weather, boat trips from the pier, new concessions and the popular Sunday Showcase music events are all thought to have contributed the pier’s record-breaking popularity.
May 25, 2018
A popular open-top bus service will return to Southend’s seafront from this weekend.
Go-Ahead London have announced that the red and white Route 68 bus service will once again be navigating its way along the Southend-on-Sea seafront between the Kursaal and Leigh-on-Sea from this weekend.
May 23, 2018
More restaurants and bars are on the way to Southend Airport after a £5m partnership was announced this week.
Award-winning TRG Concessions will take over the existing airport-operated outlets and their teams in June 2018. These will then be transformed into a bespoke pub and dining concept named The Navigator, along with Giraffe Stop and Costa outlets, during the summer. They have further plans to introduce more nationally recognised food and drink brands over the coming years.
May 9, 2018
Southend University Hospital has expanded its critical care facility to provide a £1 million high-dependency unit (HDU) for patients, increasing its ability to help more patients who need extra care.
Known as the Kitty Hubbard HDU, it will strengthen the service the hospital provides for patients who have had major surgery or who no longer need intensive care but still require specialist monitoring and require a higher level of organ support.
April 16, 2018
Nearly nine in ten Southend-on-Sea children will start primary school in September 2018 at their first choice primary school, and almost all at one of their top three preferences.
Out of 2147 applications, 1914 (89%) received an offer for their first preference, 141 (7%) their second preference, and 26 (1%) an offer for their third choice. Sixty-four (3%) received an alternative offer.
March 9, 2018
Stobart is set to invest up to £40m in Southend Airport between 2018 and 2021 after its aviation division benefited from a 25 per cent increase in passengers.
In a trading update, Stobart said it would continue to invest in route development, branding, marketing and airline incentive deals at the airport, plugging in £10m for this year alone.
February 20, 2018
There’s even more Mediterranean sunshine available from Southend Airport this summer as Air Malta takes off from London’s Best Airport for the very first time.
The flag carrying airline of Malta will be operating three times weekly to the island from May 4th, 2018. It will also fly to two Italian islands; there will be weekly flights to both Catania (the second largest city of Malta’s neighbour, Sicily) and Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia.
February 2, 2018
Southend Council has successfully bid for £15m of Government funding to help make the Better Queensway project a reality.
The award from the Housing Infrastructure Fund is the third largest single allocation of 134 awards made across the country, and is one of thirteen across the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) area that will receive a share of more than £82m.