An application for permission to extend the terminal building at London Southend Airport has been submitted to Rochford District Council.
The multi-million-pound project has two elements:
• An extension to the southern end of terminal, housing new baggage sorting and screening systems. New equipment to be installed, ensuring the airport meets the forthcoming European Hold Baggage Security Screening Standard, which is due to comes into force on September 1, 2018.
• An extension to the northern end of the building to accommodate improvements to the baggage reclaim facilities. The existing arrivals baggage reclaim will be replaced with a spacious new area offering improved and more flexible facilities for customers.
Both extensions are single storey and have been designed in keeping with the existing terminal building.
If planning permission is granted, then construction is expected to start in early 2018. This will allow both sections to be open before the summer peak, minimising passenger disruption and ensuring the Departures baggage sorting and screening system is fully operational ahead of the September deadline.
Photo: Extensions to the terminal at London Southend Airport are planned. (London Southend Airport)