Dawn of a new era as first easyJet flight soars from Southend Airport

Southend Standard: Champagne time - airport staff celebrate the first flight Champagne time - airport staff celebrate the first flight

A NEW era began at Southend Airport with a blast of an easyJet engine.

As dawn broke across the extended runway yesterday, the first passengers of easyJet’s ten-year tenure at the airport shuffled through the doors of the new £10million terminal.

The budget airline’s inaugural flights – to Belfast, Barcelona and Amsterdam – passed largely without hitches, although people on the soldout Barcelona route were delayed for 40 minutes because of the knock-on effects of a French air traffic control strike. Later in the day, there were delays of up to two hours on easyJet flights to and from Amsterdam and Belfast.

But the wait did not dishearten delighted passengers, many of whom had booked their tickets as soon as they went on sale last summer. Theresa Kudla, 54, from Leigh said: “We have been waiting for this since August. We are only a 30-minute walk from the airport, so it’s a fantastic facility for us. I’ve been very impressed by what I’ve seen.”

Boris and Liz Chetnik from Rochford flew to Barcelona with their two children. Mr Chetnik, 43, said: “It’s going to be very good to have this on our doorstep..”

Linzi Haigh, 43, travelled to the airport from her home in East London on the new rail link from Liverpool Street.

She said: “It was very easy to get to and I was impressed by how quick check-in was. We would usually go to Stansted, so it’s nice to have an option.”

EasyJet will base three aircraft at Southend to serve nine destinations this summer, with Geneva replacing one of the routes in winter.

Airport bosses have promised it will take no longer than four minutes to check in, and no more than 15 minutes for arriving passengers to go from “plane to train”.

Catherine Lynn, easyJet’s director of customer and revenue, said: “We’ve been delighted with how well the first flights have gone. The feedback has been fantastic.”

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8:08pm Tue 3 Apr 12

southendshrimper says...

Great news both for the airport & Southend. Hope for more new routes soon. Congratulations to all involved
Great news both for the airport & Southend. Hope for more new routes soon. Congratulations to all involved southendshrimper

8:14pm Tue 3 Apr 12

eric python says...

and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK.
Not a very good start.
and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK. Not a very good start. eric python

9:03pm Tue 3 Apr 12

Last Poster says...

Brilliant Entrepreneur work by Eddie Stobart. Along with Richard Branson and Alan Sugar we have seen real innovation from these three members of the Business leadership sector. Oh, if only other businesses could do this type of soul-stirring work, instead of "How much can I snaffle out of this country and into my offshore accounts!" Which is what the sad majority of this country's leadership are about. Well done all hard workers who made this happen.
Brilliant Entrepreneur work by Eddie Stobart. Along with Richard Branson and Alan Sugar we have seen real innovation from these three members of the Business leadership sector. Oh, if only other businesses could do this type of soul-stirring work, instead of "How much can I snaffle out of this country and into my offshore accounts!" Which is what the sad majority of this country's leadership are about. Well done all hard workers who made this happen. Last Poster

10:17pm Tue 3 Apr 12

RobertFS says...

eric python wrote:
and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK. Not a very good start.
I've just come back from Lisboa - delayed 1 hour + becauise of the French.
Many flights have been cancelled so we were lucky.
Was your comment an attempt at sarcasm?
[quote][p][bold]eric python[/bold] wrote: and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK. Not a very good start.[/p][/quote]I've just come back from Lisboa - delayed 1 hour + becauise of the French. Many flights have been cancelled so we were lucky. Was your comment an attempt at sarcasm? RobertFS

10:48pm Tue 3 Apr 12

152 says...

I noticed that the last flight in yesterday was scheduled to arrive at 2340 as opposed to 2220, I wonder how people got home if they couldn't get the train?
I noticed that the last flight in yesterday was scheduled to arrive at 2340 as opposed to 2220, I wonder how people got home if they couldn't get the train? 152

5:33am Wed 4 Apr 12

al coniston says...

eric python wrote:
and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK.
Not a very good start.
You can't blame the airport for that !

Oh, and just for your information, the flight to Amsterdam was 35 minutes 'tarmac to tarmac' - quite an amazing feat and not one that i would expect to be matched by any other commercial service between UK and Amsterdam.
[quote][p][bold]eric python[/bold] wrote: and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK. Not a very good start.[/p][/quote]You can't blame the airport for that ! Oh, and just for your information, the flight to Amsterdam was 35 minutes 'tarmac to tarmac' - quite an amazing feat and not one that i would expect to be matched by any other commercial service between UK and Amsterdam. al coniston

7:21am Wed 4 Apr 12

Brunning999 says...

Amazing achievement AN AIRPORT THAT IS BEING USED AS AN AIRPORT!

A real surprise to many that an airport almost 100 years old is being used to fly AEROPLANES out of!
Amazing achievement AN AIRPORT THAT IS BEING USED AS AN AIRPORT! A real surprise to many that an airport almost 100 years old is being used to fly AEROPLANES out of! Brunning999

7:51am Wed 4 Apr 12

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

Brunning999 wrote:
Amazing achievement AN AIRPORT THAT IS BEING USED AS AN AIRPORT!

A real surprise to many that an airport almost 100 years old is being used to fly AEROPLANES out of!
My thoughts exactly. This is long over-due. Long may the success continue.
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: Amazing achievement AN AIRPORT THAT IS BEING USED AS AN AIRPORT! A real surprise to many that an airport almost 100 years old is being used to fly AEROPLANES out of![/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. This is long over-due. Long may the success continue. Alice in Her Own Land :P

10:33am Wed 4 Apr 12

All 9 of me says...

al coniston wrote:
eric python wrote:
and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK.
Not a very good start.
You can't blame the airport for that !

Oh, and just for your information, the flight to Amsterdam was 35 minutes 'tarmac to tarmac' - quite an amazing feat and not one that i would expect to be matched by any other commercial service between UK and Amsterdam.
last october I took a BA flight from Gatwick to Amsterdam. Tarmac to tarmac ..31 minutes. admittedly there were strong tailwinds on this occasion, and on the plus side, BA dont use the furthest away gates (H) resulting in less of a taxi to the terminal
[quote][p][bold]al coniston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eric python[/bold] wrote: and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK. Not a very good start.[/p][/quote]You can't blame the airport for that ! Oh, and just for your information, the flight to Amsterdam was 35 minutes 'tarmac to tarmac' - quite an amazing feat and not one that i would expect to be matched by any other commercial service between UK and Amsterdam.[/p][/quote]last october I took a BA flight from Gatwick to Amsterdam. Tarmac to tarmac ..31 minutes. admittedly there were strong tailwinds on this occasion, and on the plus side, BA dont use the furthest away gates (H) resulting in less of a taxi to the terminal All 9 of me

12:43pm Wed 4 Apr 12

sav25 says...

So...did anyone notice any noise? That seems to have been the big debate over the last few months...
So...did anyone notice any noise? That seems to have been the big debate over the last few months... sav25

12:45pm Wed 4 Apr 12

al coniston says...

All 9 of me wrote:
al coniston wrote:
eric python wrote: and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK. Not a very good start.
You can't blame the airport for that ! Oh, and just for your information, the flight to Amsterdam was 35 minutes 'tarmac to tarmac' - quite an amazing feat and not one that i would expect to be matched by any other commercial service between UK and Amsterdam.
last october I took a BA flight from Gatwick to Amsterdam. Tarmac to tarmac ..31 minutes. admittedly there were strong tailwinds on this occasion, and on the plus side, BA dont use the furthest away gates (H) resulting in less of a taxi to the terminal
Are you sure about that timing ?

Given that there is controlled airspace speed restiction of 250kts below 10,000 feet it would take an aircraft leaving Gatwick at least 11 minutes to enter overhead airspace at Southend - leaving just 20 minutes to cross the North Sea and decelerate/land at Amsterdam - doesn't sound feasible to me, but if you're sure . . .
[quote][p][bold]All 9 of me[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]al coniston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eric python[/bold] wrote: and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK. Not a very good start.[/p][/quote]You can't blame the airport for that ! Oh, and just for your information, the flight to Amsterdam was 35 minutes 'tarmac to tarmac' - quite an amazing feat and not one that i would expect to be matched by any other commercial service between UK and Amsterdam.[/p][/quote]last october I took a BA flight from Gatwick to Amsterdam. Tarmac to tarmac ..31 minutes. admittedly there were strong tailwinds on this occasion, and on the plus side, BA dont use the furthest away gates (H) resulting in less of a taxi to the terminal[/p][/quote]Are you sure about that timing ? Given that there is controlled airspace speed restiction of 250kts below 10,000 feet it would take an aircraft leaving Gatwick at least 11 minutes to enter overhead airspace at Southend - leaving just 20 minutes to cross the North Sea and decelerate/land at Amsterdam - doesn't sound feasible to me, but if you're sure . . . al coniston

1:14pm Wed 4 Apr 12

al coniston says...

sav25 wrote:
So...did anyone notice any noise? That seems to have been the big debate over the last few months...
i haven't noticed any difference in noise levels whatsoever which isn't surprising given that the A319's are extremely quiet
[quote][p][bold]sav25[/bold] wrote: So...did anyone notice any noise? That seems to have been the big debate over the last few months...[/p][/quote]i haven't noticed any difference in noise levels whatsoever which isn't surprising given that the A319's are extremely quiet al coniston

1:20pm Wed 4 Apr 12

j-w says...

Lots of the flights are going in and out over Rochford, but the noise only lasts a few seconds.
Lots of the flights are going in and out over Rochford, but the noise only lasts a few seconds. j-w

1:44pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Ian P says...

All 9 of me wrote:
al coniston wrote:
eric python wrote: and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK. Not a very good start.
You can't blame the airport for that ! Oh, and just for your information, the flight to Amsterdam was 35 minutes 'tarmac to tarmac' - quite an amazing feat and not one that i would expect to be matched by any other commercial service between UK and Amsterdam.
last october I took a BA flight from Gatwick to Amsterdam. Tarmac to tarmac ..31 minutes. admittedly there were strong tailwinds on this occasion, and on the plus side, BA dont use the furthest away gates (H) resulting in less of a taxi to the terminal
No mention of the 90 minute return flight due to headwinds then. LoL.
[quote][p][bold]All 9 of me[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]al coniston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eric python[/bold] wrote: and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK. Not a very good start.[/p][/quote]You can't blame the airport for that ! Oh, and just for your information, the flight to Amsterdam was 35 minutes 'tarmac to tarmac' - quite an amazing feat and not one that i would expect to be matched by any other commercial service between UK and Amsterdam.[/p][/quote]last october I took a BA flight from Gatwick to Amsterdam. Tarmac to tarmac ..31 minutes. admittedly there were strong tailwinds on this occasion, and on the plus side, BA dont use the furthest away gates (H) resulting in less of a taxi to the terminal[/p][/quote]No mention of the 90 minute return flight due to headwinds then. LoL. Ian P

2:56pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Max Impact says...

Ian P wrote:
All 9 of me wrote:
al coniston wrote:
eric python wrote: and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK. Not a very good start.
You can't blame the airport for that ! Oh, and just for your information, the flight to Amsterdam was 35 minutes 'tarmac to tarmac' - quite an amazing feat and not one that i would expect to be matched by any other commercial service between UK and Amsterdam.
last october I took a BA flight from Gatwick to Amsterdam. Tarmac to tarmac ..31 minutes. admittedly there were strong tailwinds on this occasion, and on the plus side, BA dont use the furthest away gates (H) resulting in less of a taxi to the terminal
No mention of the 90 minute return flight due to headwinds then. LoL.
or the time to get to Gatwick and check in!

The anti's will jump on the smallest thing to moan about.

The French are due back at work on Friday but the Spanish are walking out on Saturday...
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]All 9 of me[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]al coniston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eric python[/bold] wrote: and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK. Not a very good start.[/p][/quote]You can't blame the airport for that ! Oh, and just for your information, the flight to Amsterdam was 35 minutes 'tarmac to tarmac' - quite an amazing feat and not one that i would expect to be matched by any other commercial service between UK and Amsterdam.[/p][/quote]last october I took a BA flight from Gatwick to Amsterdam. Tarmac to tarmac ..31 minutes. admittedly there were strong tailwinds on this occasion, and on the plus side, BA dont use the furthest away gates (H) resulting in less of a taxi to the terminal[/p][/quote]No mention of the 90 minute return flight due to headwinds then. LoL.[/p][/quote]or the time to get to Gatwick and check in! The anti's will jump on the smallest thing to moan about. The French are due back at work on Friday but the Spanish are walking out on Saturday... Max Impact

6:39pm Wed 4 Apr 12

southendshrimper says...

eric python wrote:
and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK.
Not a very good start.
So I take it you are a saen fan? The french strike & you blame Southend Airport for the delays. Typical. I'll treat you to a flight from Southend Airport..... Oops sorry you don't fly.
[quote][p][bold]eric python[/bold] wrote: and todays Barcelona flight was six hours late in leaving caused by the French air traffic control strike with a knock on effect on all the other expected flights to and from Southend and the UK. Not a very good start.[/p][/quote]So I take it you are a saen fan? The french strike & you blame Southend Airport for the delays. Typical. I'll treat you to a flight from Southend Airport..... Oops sorry you don't fly. southendshrimper

11:54pm Wed 4 Apr 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

whilst walking along the a13 near west leigh school an easy jet flight came in to land, although very low there was hardly any noise!.
whilst walking along the a13 near west leigh school an easy jet flight came in to land, although very low there was hardly any noise!. notinwestcliffanymore

7:46am Thu 5 Apr 12

waveydavey says...

At last, the airport is up and running, great news. Sometimes it´s great to see results like this. SAEN failed miserably, the airport is a reality, and long may it continue.
At last, the airport is up and running, great news. Sometimes it´s great to see results like this. SAEN failed miserably, the airport is a reality, and long may it continue. waveydavey

8:50am Thu 5 Apr 12

openspace says...

I don't generally gloat, but given the lies and misinformation spread by SAEN, I am prepared to make an exception.
Remember the statements !!!
We will stop the expansion through judicial reviews and court cases, Wrong.
We will prevent the new road and closure of the old one, Wrong !!!
The runway will not be ready in time, Wrong.
No major airliines will come here, Wrong.
I could go on, but you all remember the claims.
It is sad when some individuals take on issues, believing that they are the saviours of society. They are , of course, a small minority who are entitled to their views but totally waste their lives in trying yo inflict their views on the majority, who either disagree or just don't care.
What's the next issue they are going to take on, ( on our behalf !!!!!!!!, NOT ).
I don't generally gloat, but given the lies and misinformation spread by SAEN, I am prepared to make an exception. Remember the statements !!! We will stop the expansion through judicial reviews and court cases, Wrong. We will prevent the new road and closure of the old one, Wrong !!! The runway will not be ready in time, Wrong. No major airliines will come here, Wrong. I could go on, but you all remember the claims. It is sad when some individuals take on issues, believing that they are the saviours of society. They are , of course, a small minority who are entitled to their views but totally waste their lives in trying yo inflict their views on the majority, who either disagree or just don't care. What's the next issue they are going to take on, ( on our behalf !!!!!!!!, NOT ). openspace

9:00am Thu 5 Apr 12

openspace says...

openspace wrote:
I don't generally gloat, but given the lies and misinformation spread by SAEN, I am prepared to make an exception.
Remember the statements !!!
We will stop the expansion through judicial reviews and court cases, Wrong.
We will prevent the new road and closure of the old one, Wrong !!!
The runway will not be ready in time, Wrong.
No major airliines will come here, Wrong.
I could go on, but you all remember the claims.
It is sad when some individuals take on issues, believing that they are the saviours of society. They are , of course, a small minority who are entitled to their views but totally waste their lives in trying yo inflict their views on the majority, who either disagree or just don't care.
What's the next issue they are going to take on, ( on our behalf !!!!!!!!, NOT ).
PS I am looking forward to my first flight from Southend in May.
No long road journeys, no fuel and CO2 emissions from my car on the journey. No car parking fees. Local taxi firm will be used. Cost from Southend, flight only, is slightly more expensive but trip is cheaper overall, given parking and fuel savings.
I wish the airport much success and hope that extra jobs help the local economy, many already created.
[quote][p][bold]openspace[/bold] wrote: I don't generally gloat, but given the lies and misinformation spread by SAEN, I am prepared to make an exception. Remember the statements !!! We will stop the expansion through judicial reviews and court cases, Wrong. We will prevent the new road and closure of the old one, Wrong !!! The runway will not be ready in time, Wrong. No major airliines will come here, Wrong. I could go on, but you all remember the claims. It is sad when some individuals take on issues, believing that they are the saviours of society. They are , of course, a small minority who are entitled to their views but totally waste their lives in trying yo inflict their views on the majority, who either disagree or just don't care. What's the next issue they are going to take on, ( on our behalf !!!!!!!!, NOT ).[/p][/quote]PS I am looking forward to my first flight from Southend in May. No long road journeys, no fuel and CO2 emissions from my car on the journey. No car parking fees. Local taxi firm will be used. Cost from Southend, flight only, is slightly more expensive but trip is cheaper overall, given parking and fuel savings. I wish the airport much success and hope that extra jobs help the local economy, many already created. openspace

12:44pm Thu 5 Apr 12

_champagne2 says...

I too agree with the above message and am going to Spain from Southend airport end of May and can't wait. The travelling time to Stansted out weighs the bit extra on the price from Southend and as stated just a small taxi fare from home and no parking charges from Stansted or trying to get out of the airport at the end of the holiday which is often a bug bear there. I hope Southend airport is successful and my parents who live in Westcliff saw the very first place take off and no noise emissions either. Well done to Easyjet and all concerned and long may it last for us all locally
I too agree with the above message and am going to Spain from Southend airport end of May and can't wait. The travelling time to Stansted out weighs the bit extra on the price from Southend and as stated just a small taxi fare from home and no parking charges from Stansted or trying to get out of the airport at the end of the holiday which is often a bug bear there. I hope Southend airport is successful and my parents who live in Westcliff saw the very first place take off and no noise emissions either. Well done to Easyjet and all concerned and long may it last for us all locally _champagne2

12:51pm Thu 5 Apr 12

APR says...

Someone I know also predicted none of this would ever happen.

I just stayed quiet :)
Someone I know also predicted none of this would ever happen. I just stayed quiet :) APR

1:23pm Thu 5 Apr 12

_champagne2 says...

I too agree with the above message and am going to Spain from Southend airport end of May and can't wait. The travelling time to Stansted out weighs the bit extra on the price from Southend and as stated just a small taxi fare from home and no parking charges from Stansted or trying to get out of the airport at the end of the holiday which is often a bug bear there. I hope Southend airport is successful and my parents who live in Westcliff saw the very first plane take off and no noise emissions either. Well done to Easyjet and all concerned and long may it last for us all locally
I too agree with the above message and am going to Spain from Southend airport end of May and can't wait. The travelling time to Stansted out weighs the bit extra on the price from Southend and as stated just a small taxi fare from home and no parking charges from Stansted or trying to get out of the airport at the end of the holiday which is often a bug bear there. I hope Southend airport is successful and my parents who live in Westcliff saw the very first plane take off and no noise emissions either. Well done to Easyjet and all concerned and long may it last for us all locally _champagne2

4:53pm Thu 5 Apr 12

r6keith says...

openspace wrote:
I don't generally gloat, but given the lies and misinformation spread by SAEN, I am prepared to make an exception. Remember the statements !!! We will stop the expansion through judicial reviews and court cases, Wrong. We will prevent the new road and closure of the old one, Wrong !!! The runway will not be ready in time, Wrong. No major airliines will come here, Wrong. I could go on, but you all remember the claims. It is sad when some individuals take on issues, believing that they are the saviours of society. They are , of course, a small minority who are entitled to their views but totally waste their lives in trying yo inflict their views on the majority, who either disagree or just don't care. What's the next issue they are going to take on, ( on our behalf !!!!!!!!, NOT ).
As a campaigning supporter of the airport from the begining I endorse what you say. The lies told to try to stop this day happening are now shown for what they really are lies. I think some protest for the sake of protesting and have now taken up residence on the forecourt of the old Toomeys by Priory Park , but fortunately for us there is a large hedge in front of them so you hardly know they are there. looking at the odd signs by the site I think they have taken on every protest possible.
[quote][p][bold]openspace[/bold] wrote: I don't generally gloat, but given the lies and misinformation spread by SAEN, I am prepared to make an exception. Remember the statements !!! We will stop the expansion through judicial reviews and court cases, Wrong. We will prevent the new road and closure of the old one, Wrong !!! The runway will not be ready in time, Wrong. No major airliines will come here, Wrong. I could go on, but you all remember the claims. It is sad when some individuals take on issues, believing that they are the saviours of society. They are , of course, a small minority who are entitled to their views but totally waste their lives in trying yo inflict their views on the majority, who either disagree or just don't care. What's the next issue they are going to take on, ( on our behalf !!!!!!!!, NOT ).[/p][/quote]As a campaigning supporter of the airport from the begining I endorse what you say. The lies told to try to stop this day happening are now shown for what they really are lies. I think some protest for the sake of protesting and have now taken up residence on the forecourt of the old Toomeys by Priory Park , but fortunately for us there is a large hedge in front of them so you hardly know they are there. looking at the odd signs by the site I think they have taken on every protest possible. r6keith

6:54pm Thu 5 Apr 12

benfleet101 says...

notinwestcliffanymor
e
wrote:
whilst walking along the a13 near west leigh school an easy jet flight came in to land, although very low there was hardly any noise!.
I was in Rectory Grove, Leigh, earlier and saw one coming into land. It looked beautifully graceful and I didn't hear any noise above the traffic...
[quote][p][bold]notinwestcliffanymor e[/bold] wrote: whilst walking along the a13 near west leigh school an easy jet flight came in to land, although very low there was hardly any noise!.[/p][/quote]I was in Rectory Grove, Leigh, earlier and saw one coming into land. It looked beautifully graceful and I didn't hear any noise above the traffic... benfleet101

7:38pm Thu 5 Apr 12

muffindamule says...

A great day for people of the Southend area. Good to see things living up to expectations.
A great day for people of the Southend area. Good to see things living up to expectations. muffindamule

9:54pm Thu 5 Apr 12

pipeman says...

Was over the new terminal today, a large percentage of the arriving/departing passengers were using the station, this airport is an excellent facility all round now what was it that sean said..? people would not want to carry their baggage on a train..!
I will be using Southend myself next week, really looking forward to it..!
Was over the new terminal today, a large percentage of the arriving/departing passengers were using the station, this airport is an excellent facility all round now what was it that sean said..? people would not want to carry their baggage on a train..! I will be using Southend myself next week, really looking forward to it..! pipeman

10:04pm Thu 5 Apr 12

Phoenix 22. says...

Dawn of a new experience for the pilots might be also on the cards.
Dawn of a new experience for the pilots might be also on the cards. Phoenix 22.

10:49pm Thu 5 Apr 12

pipeman says...

http://thebestlaidpl
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http://thebestlaidpl ans.org/2012/04/05/6 90/ pipeman

1:42am Fri 6 Apr 12

jayman says...

there was a nice tail wind and the pressure and weather conditions where perfect.

high pressure with strong head winds on approach and the claims on here about super silent aircraft may be de-bunked quite quickly..
there was a nice tail wind and the pressure and weather conditions where perfect. high pressure with strong head winds on approach and the claims on here about super silent aircraft may be de-bunked quite quickly.. jayman

9:55am Fri 6 Apr 12

openspace says...

pipeman wrote:
Was over the new terminal today, a large percentage of the arriving/departing passengers were using the station, this airport is an excellent facility all round now what was it that sean said..? people would not want to carry their baggage on a train..!
I will be using Southend myself next week, really looking forward to it..!
Fair to assume, therefore, that the rail passengers were not clogging up local streets by parking their cars there. Well, that's a surprise !!!
That's another "worry" out of the way. Most of us knew this would probably be the case anyway, but one in the eye for the moaners of this world !
[quote][p][bold]pipeman[/bold] wrote: Was over the new terminal today, a large percentage of the arriving/departing passengers were using the station, this airport is an excellent facility all round now what was it that sean said..? people would not want to carry their baggage on a train..! I will be using Southend myself next week, really looking forward to it..![/p][/quote]Fair to assume, therefore, that the rail passengers were not clogging up local streets by parking their cars there. Well, that's a surprise !!! That's another "worry" out of the way. Most of us knew this would probably be the case anyway, but one in the eye for the moaners of this world ! openspace

10:06am Fri 6 Apr 12

APR says...

Actual flight times don't seem to match up with advertised times.
Maybe due to ongoing problems on mainland Europe.

The 9:55 arrival from Amsterdam, didn't take off until 10am.
Actual flight times don't seem to match up with advertised times. Maybe due to ongoing problems on mainland Europe. The 9:55 arrival from Amsterdam, didn't take off until 10am. APR

10:09am Fri 6 Apr 12

APR says...

Just checked again and it had Amsterdam departure and Southend Arrival both at 9:55am.

Must have been going at Warp Factor 1 :)
Just checked again and it had Amsterdam departure and Southend Arrival both at 9:55am. Must have been going at Warp Factor 1 :) APR

10:16am Fri 6 Apr 12

muffindamule says...

APR wrote:
Just checked again and it had Amsterdam departure and Southend Arrival both at 9:55am.

Must have been going at Warp Factor 1 :)
That would be the 'coffee shop effect' I expect.
[quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: Just checked again and it had Amsterdam departure and Southend Arrival both at 9:55am. Must have been going at Warp Factor 1 :)[/p][/quote]That would be the 'coffee shop effect' I expect. muffindamule

11:14am Fri 6 Apr 12

BASILBRUSH says...

jayman wrote:
there was a nice tail wind and the pressure and weather conditions where perfect.

high pressure with strong head winds on approach and the claims on here about super silent aircraft may be de-bunked quite quickly..
Jayman you are talking nonsense...again.
The wind yesterday was about 080 degrees and 8 knots.
That is a head wind when landing from the South West.
A basic weather App on a smart phone tells you that.
Also a strong wind would be associated with Low pressure, not high.

Just call me John Ketley..
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: there was a nice tail wind and the pressure and weather conditions where perfect. high pressure with strong head winds on approach and the claims on here about super silent aircraft may be de-bunked quite quickly..[/p][/quote]Jayman you are talking nonsense...again. The wind yesterday was about 080 degrees and 8 knots. That is a head wind when landing from the South West. A basic weather App on a smart phone tells you that. Also a strong wind would be associated with Low pressure, not high. Just call me John Ketley.. BASILBRUSH

7:19pm Fri 6 Apr 12

henrygale says...

Plane landed at 10:10 and I was at home with a cuppa at 10:30. Would have been shorter had I not had a bag. Great flying to and from Southend. Beats Gatwick in every aspect.
Plane landed at 10:10 and I was at home with a cuppa at 10:30. Would have been shorter had I not had a bag. Great flying to and from Southend. Beats Gatwick in every aspect. henrygale

7:28pm Fri 6 Apr 12

southendshrimper says...

Can't believe some old man on the radio this morning called in to say a jet took off this morning & the noise & vibrations shook his house so much he fell out of bed.
Must have been a member of saen.
Can't believe some old man on the radio this morning called in to say a jet took off this morning & the noise & vibrations shook his house so much he fell out of bed. Must have been a member of saen. southendshrimper

2:09pm Sat 7 Apr 12

Matthew of Basildon says...

I had the great pleasure of seeing the plane coming in to land whilst on the train. At first I actually jumped when the blooming thing came into vision!

I've never been particularly big on anything of the aviary kind, but it was nice to know Southend's 'adrenaline shot to the arm' has arrived! Welcome all ye' tourists, spend thy money in our crap stores so we may be more than Discount Land!
I had the great pleasure of seeing the plane coming in to land whilst on the train. At first I actually jumped when the blooming thing came into vision! I've never been particularly big on anything of the aviary kind, but it was nice to know Southend's 'adrenaline shot to the arm' has arrived! Welcome all ye' tourists, spend thy money in our crap stores so we may be more than Discount Land! Matthew of Basildon

10:29am Sun 8 Apr 12

M99SS3 says...

~New Era or the Phonex rises from the ashes. Lets remember Southend Airport was once the 3rd busiest airport in the UK until 1970. And I am sure it was used in an old bond film too, look out for the British United Carvairs. When they were seen flying all the time over southend.
~New Era or the Phonex rises from the ashes. Lets remember Southend Airport was once the 3rd busiest airport in the UK until 1970. And I am sure it was used in an old bond film too, look out for the British United Carvairs. When they were seen flying all the time over southend. M99SS3

2:31pm Sun 8 Apr 12

Max Impact says...

Matthew of Basildon wrote:
I had the great pleasure of seeing the plane coming in to land whilst on the train. At first I actually jumped when the blooming thing came into vision! I've never been particularly big on anything of the aviary kind, but it was nice to know Southend's 'adrenaline shot to the arm' has arrived! Welcome all ye' tourists, spend thy money in our crap stores so we may be more than Discount Land!
Basildon known for nothing but interbreeding chavs and pink shell suits...
[quote][p][bold]Matthew of Basildon[/bold] wrote: I had the great pleasure of seeing the plane coming in to land whilst on the train. At first I actually jumped when the blooming thing came into vision! I've never been particularly big on anything of the aviary kind, but it was nice to know Southend's 'adrenaline shot to the arm' has arrived! Welcome all ye' tourists, spend thy money in our crap stores so we may be more than Discount Land![/p][/quote]Basildon known for nothing but interbreeding chavs and pink shell suits... Max Impact

5:54pm Sun 8 Apr 12

Last Poster says...

Max Impact wrote:
Matthew of Basildon wrote:
I had the great pleasure of seeing the plane coming in to land whilst on the train. At first I actually jumped when the blooming thing came into vision! I've never been particularly big on anything of the aviary kind, but it was nice to know Southend's 'adrenaline shot to the arm' has arrived! Welcome all ye' tourists, spend thy money in our crap stores so we may be more than Discount Land!
Basildon known for nothing but interbreeding chavs and pink shell suits...
Thanks Max impact. You obviously have some resentment towards this wonderful town. You have obviously not seen the beautiful people of Basildon or, more likely, they have judiciously turned away from you knowing that your eyes have long-lost the sight of anything wonderful, as those same eyes are filled with prejudice and hatred of anything good and see only through sulphur, fire and brimstone. You shrivel in the face of the wondrous light emanating from our fair town,
Innit!
[quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Matthew of Basildon[/bold] wrote: I had the great pleasure of seeing the plane coming in to land whilst on the train. At first I actually jumped when the blooming thing came into vision! I've never been particularly big on anything of the aviary kind, but it was nice to know Southend's 'adrenaline shot to the arm' has arrived! Welcome all ye' tourists, spend thy money in our crap stores so we may be more than Discount Land![/p][/quote]Basildon known for nothing but interbreeding chavs and pink shell suits...[/p][/quote]Thanks Max impact. You obviously have some resentment towards this wonderful town. You have obviously not seen the beautiful people of Basildon or, more likely, they have judiciously turned away from you knowing that your eyes have long-lost the sight of anything wonderful, as those same eyes are filled with prejudice and hatred of anything good and see only through sulphur, fire and brimstone. You shrivel in the face of the wondrous light emanating from our fair town, Innit! Last Poster

8:30pm Sun 8 Apr 12

Deborah007 says...

Tis wonderful news that Southend Airport has taken off... well done to all those who have made it happen !
Tis wonderful news that Southend Airport has taken off... well done to all those who have made it happen ! Deborah007

11:20pm Sun 8 Apr 12

Diannah says...

southendshrimper wrote:
Can't believe some old man on the radio this morning called in to say a jet took off this morning & the noise & vibrations shook his house so much he fell out of bed.
Must have been a member of saen.
Obviously hadn't taken his viagra to stop him rolling over.

So pleased about the airport. Love watching the planes.
[quote][p][bold]southendshrimper[/bold] wrote: Can't believe some old man on the radio this morning called in to say a jet took off this morning & the noise & vibrations shook his house so much he fell out of bed. Must have been a member of saen.[/p][/quote]Obviously hadn't taken his viagra to stop him rolling over. So pleased about the airport. Love watching the planes. Diannah

11:55pm Sun 8 Apr 12

Last Poster says...

APR wrote:
Actual flight times don't seem to match up with advertised times.
Maybe due to ongoing problems on mainland Europe.

The 9:55 arrival from Amsterdam, didn't take off until 10am.
Isn't there something about BST involved in this equation?
[quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: Actual flight times don't seem to match up with advertised times. Maybe due to ongoing problems on mainland Europe. The 9:55 arrival from Amsterdam, didn't take off until 10am.[/p][/quote]Isn't there something about BST involved in this equation? Last Poster

11:17am Mon 9 Apr 12

pipeman says...

Last Poster wrote:
APR wrote:
Actual flight times don't seem to match up with advertised times.
Maybe due to ongoing problems on mainland Europe.

The 9:55 arrival from Amsterdam, didn't take off until 10am.
Isn't there something about BST involved in this equation?
Correct LP,

Holland time is:

Central European Summer Time (CEST) +0200 UTC, so the flight
would appear to land here at the same time it took off from AMS.
[quote][p][bold]Last Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: Actual flight times don't seem to match up with advertised times. Maybe due to ongoing problems on mainland Europe. The 9:55 arrival from Amsterdam, didn't take off until 10am.[/p][/quote]Isn't there something about BST involved in this equation?[/p][/quote]Correct LP, Holland time is: Central European Summer Time (CEST) +0200 UTC, so the flight would appear to land here at the same time it took off from AMS. pipeman

7:17pm Mon 9 Apr 12

APR says...

Yes, I didn't take that into account. Silly me :)
Yes, I didn't take that into account. Silly me :) APR

12:33pm Tue 10 Apr 12

r6keith says...

Last Poster wrote:
APR wrote: Actual flight times don't seem to match up with advertised times. Maybe due to ongoing problems on mainland Europe. The 9:55 arrival from Amsterdam, didn't take off until 10am.
Isn't there something about BST involved in this equation?
I wish I could get somewhere five minutes before I had left to get there !
[quote][p][bold]Last Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: Actual flight times don't seem to match up with advertised times. Maybe due to ongoing problems on mainland Europe. The 9:55 arrival from Amsterdam, didn't take off until 10am.[/p][/quote]Isn't there something about BST involved in this equation?[/p][/quote]I wish I could get somewhere five minutes before I had left to get there ! r6keith

1:22pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Matthew of Basildon says...

Last Poster wrote:
Max Impact wrote:
Matthew of Basildon wrote: I had the great pleasure of seeing the plane coming in to land whilst on the train. At first I actually jumped when the blooming thing came into vision! I've never been particularly big on anything of the aviary kind, but it was nice to know Southend's 'adrenaline shot to the arm' has arrived! Welcome all ye' tourists, spend thy money in our crap stores so we may be more than Discount Land!
Basildon known for nothing but interbreeding chavs and pink shell suits...
Thanks Max impact. You obviously have some resentment towards this wonderful town. You have obviously not seen the beautiful people of Basildon or, more likely, they have judiciously turned away from you knowing that your eyes have long-lost the sight of anything wonderful, as those same eyes are filled with prejudice and hatred of anything good and see only through sulphur, fire and brimstone. You shrivel in the face of the wondrous light emanating from our fair town, Innit!
Max Impact: I think your comment was a little unnecessary. I work in Southend full time and spend most of my free time here too. Basildon is where I rest my head but Southend is where I love. I love the air here, the multi-culture (When it works), the character, but most importantly I love how (Despite what some believe) how hard the town trys! Every day it seems like there is something bigger and better planned and I genuinly meant that having Easy-jet on board will help this town.

However let's face facts, as I say, the highstreet isn't exactly overflowing with good quality shops, and I'm sure we'd agree upon the fact it's to do with the mile high rent and parking issues, so any 'shot in the arm' is a bonus for the town. More people journeying to and from Southend, more publicity and hey-ho, we're one step closer to making City-Beach more than a joke.
[quote][p][bold]Last Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Matthew of Basildon[/bold] wrote: I had the great pleasure of seeing the plane coming in to land whilst on the train. At first I actually jumped when the blooming thing came into vision! I've never been particularly big on anything of the aviary kind, but it was nice to know Southend's 'adrenaline shot to the arm' has arrived! Welcome all ye' tourists, spend thy money in our crap stores so we may be more than Discount Land![/p][/quote]Basildon known for nothing but interbreeding chavs and pink shell suits...[/p][/quote]Thanks Max impact. You obviously have some resentment towards this wonderful town. You have obviously not seen the beautiful people of Basildon or, more likely, they have judiciously turned away from you knowing that your eyes have long-lost the sight of anything wonderful, as those same eyes are filled with prejudice and hatred of anything good and see only through sulphur, fire and brimstone. You shrivel in the face of the wondrous light emanating from our fair town, Innit![/p][/quote]Max Impact: I think your comment was a little unnecessary. I work in Southend full time and spend most of my free time here too. Basildon is where I rest my head but Southend is where I love. I love the air here, the multi-culture (When it works), the character, but most importantly I love how (Despite what some believe) how hard the town trys! Every day it seems like there is something bigger and better planned and I genuinly meant that having Easy-jet on board will help this town. However let's face facts, as I say, the highstreet isn't exactly overflowing with good quality shops, and I'm sure we'd agree upon the fact it's to do with the mile high rent and parking issues, so any 'shot in the arm' is a bonus for the town. More people journeying to and from Southend, more publicity and hey-ho, we're one step closer to making City-Beach more than a joke. Matthew of Basildon

3:32pm Tue 10 Apr 12

APR says...

Strange that there should now be talk of compensation for those living under the flightpath. When these aircraft are quieter than most other aircraft that have used the airport.

Certainly quieter than those of the 60's and 70's.
Those used to make the TV flicker too.
Strange that there should now be talk of compensation for those living under the flightpath. When these aircraft are quieter than most other aircraft that have used the airport. Certainly quieter than those of the 60's and 70's. Those used to make the TV flicker too. APR

9:15pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Last Poster says...

Matthew of Basildon wrote:
Last Poster wrote:
Max Impact wrote:
Matthew of Basildon wrote: I had the great pleasure of seeing the plane coming in to land whilst on the train. At first I actually jumped when the blooming thing came into vision! I've never been particularly big on anything of the aviary kind, but it was nice to know Southend's 'adrenaline shot to the arm' has arrived! Welcome all ye' tourists, spend thy money in our crap stores so we may be more than Discount Land!
Basildon known for nothing but interbreeding chavs and pink shell suits...
Thanks Max impact. You obviously have some resentment towards this wonderful town. You have obviously not seen the beautiful people of Basildon or, more likely, they have judiciously turned away from you knowing that your eyes have long-lost the sight of anything wonderful, as those same eyes are filled with prejudice and hatred of anything good and see only through sulphur, fire and brimstone. You shrivel in the face of the wondrous light emanating from our fair town, Innit!
Max Impact: I think your comment was a little unnecessary. I work in Southend full time and spend most of my free time here too. Basildon is where I rest my head but Southend is where I love. I love the air here, the multi-culture (When it works), the character, but most importantly I love how (Despite what some believe) how hard the town trys! Every day it seems like there is something bigger and better planned and I genuinly meant that having Easy-jet on board will help this town.

However let's face facts, as I say, the highstreet isn't exactly overflowing with good quality shops, and I'm sure we'd agree upon the fact it's to do with the mile high rent and parking issues, so any 'shot in the arm' is a bonus for the town. More people journeying to and from Southend, more publicity and hey-ho, we're one step closer to making City-Beach more than a joke.
strangely enough, I think Southend are doing a good job. I sat on the beach and visited a coffee shop at Chalkwell and with the warm sun and delicious Latte, thought This could be Malta!
Keep up the good work, people af Sarfend! We low lives from Basildon won't criticise you if you do!
[quote][p][bold]Matthew of Basildon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Last Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Matthew of Basildon[/bold] wrote: I had the great pleasure of seeing the plane coming in to land whilst on the train. At first I actually jumped when the blooming thing came into vision! I've never been particularly big on anything of the aviary kind, but it was nice to know Southend's 'adrenaline shot to the arm' has arrived! Welcome all ye' tourists, spend thy money in our crap stores so we may be more than Discount Land![/p][/quote]Basildon known for nothing but interbreeding chavs and pink shell suits...[/p][/quote]Thanks Max impact. You obviously have some resentment towards this wonderful town. You have obviously not seen the beautiful people of Basildon or, more likely, they have judiciously turned away from you knowing that your eyes have long-lost the sight of anything wonderful, as those same eyes are filled with prejudice and hatred of anything good and see only through sulphur, fire and brimstone. You shrivel in the face of the wondrous light emanating from our fair town, Innit![/p][/quote]Max Impact: I think your comment was a little unnecessary. I work in Southend full time and spend most of my free time here too. Basildon is where I rest my head but Southend is where I love. I love the air here, the multi-culture (When it works), the character, but most importantly I love how (Despite what some believe) how hard the town trys! Every day it seems like there is something bigger and better planned and I genuinly meant that having Easy-jet on board will help this town. However let's face facts, as I say, the highstreet isn't exactly overflowing with good quality shops, and I'm sure we'd agree upon the fact it's to do with the mile high rent and parking issues, so any 'shot in the arm' is a bonus for the town. More people journeying to and from Southend, more publicity and hey-ho, we're one step closer to making City-Beach more than a joke.[/p][/quote]strangely enough, I think Southend are doing a good job. I sat on the beach and visited a coffee shop at Chalkwell and with the warm sun and delicious Latte, thought This could be Malta! Keep up the good work, people af Sarfend! We low lives from Basildon won't criticise you if you do! Last Poster

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