London Southend Airport essential travel guide
How to get there
London Southend is within an hour's drive of the capital, with the A127 providing easy access to the M25, A13, A12 and other roads.
Motorists approaching from the north should join the M25 going southbound and exit at Junction 29, which connects drivers with the A127 and the new airport road.
Parking is available next to the railway station, with the terminal a short walk away. The short-stay car park charges £6 for a day and £35 for a week, although a new dedicated long-stay car park is due to open before easyJet arrives at Southend in April.
People looking to catch a train from London will find a regular service from Liverpool Street. The average journey time to the airport is about 53 minutes from Liverpool Street and 44 minutes from Stratford in east London.
With a railway station that is just 100 paces away from the new terminal building, Southend claims to be among the country's most accessible airports.
Aer Arran Regional, Aer Lingus Regional and easyJet will be the three airlines flying from London Southend, once the latter two carriers commence operations from the hub in May and April 2012 respectively.
Inside the terminal, travellers will find a number of shops and food outlets both before and after the security check.
In the main entrance concourse there is an Arnold and Forbes cafe, situated next to the arrival doors. The Arnold and Forbes restaurant can be found after security, where passengers can pick up a variety of meals, as well as hot and cold drinks.
The departure lounge area also contains a branch of WH Smith and the Stobart Airport Shopping outlet, which offers perfumes, cosmetics, gifts, merchandise and other items.
Direct Flights travel tip
The train service from Liverpool Street is a quick and convenient way to reach the airport from central London, with up to eight trains per hour operating on this route at peak times.
A new airport hotel at London Southend is due for completion in summer 2012 as part of the facility's ongoing redevelopment scheme.
For now, people catching cheap flights to Barcelona or elsewhere at an early hour may like to stay overnight at the Premier Inn Southend Airport, which is located about two miles from the hub.
This budget hotel is situated on the A127, roughly three miles from Southend town centre.