19 Dec £10 million upgrade to London Southend Airport Runway
Works get underway on 7 January 2019 on a £10 million essential maintenance project to upgrade the durability and performance of the runway at London Southend Airport.
The airport is now a significant employer, playing a key role in regenerating the local area as well as offering accessible leisure and business travel to people across Essex and the South East. Over the past few years the number of passengers using the airport has grown to 1.5 million and this number is expected to rise further in 2019.
This upgrade is part of the strategic plan for ongoing investment to cater for increased aircraft operations, which will lead to even more local job creation – including the 750 “on-site” jobs created per year with the opening of a new Ryanair base at London Southend in summer 2019.
The majority of the works will be undertaken during night time in order to keep the airport operating smoothly during the day. The runway will be closed to all aircraft between the hours 23:30 – 06:30 to enable the contractors to carry out the planned works in a safe environment.