Southend Airport has been evacuated as bomb disposal teams deal with a suspect package at the terminal.
Essex Police were called at about 10.40am today after airport staff discovered the unattended bag on a roundabout near the airport approach road.
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team has been called to the scene.
One passenger reported hearing two loud bangs at about 12pm.
There is disruption to flights in and out of Southend Airport due to a police investigation.
A suspect package has been found.
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People in Southend are to be given further information about the airport's plans to reintroduce controlled airspace.
Southend Airport controlled the airspace around the runway up until 1993. Now senior managers say they want it back to further safeguard planes flying in and out.
Work is underway to increase the number of check in desks at Southend Airport and building a covered walkway directly connecting the train station and the terminal building.
The project is due to be finished in early 2014.
Southend Airport has been rated the best in the UK by a passenger survey
In a poll of more than 11,000 passengers conducted by Which? magazine, the Essex terminal scored the highest marks in an assessment of 10 separate areas. It had an overall customer score of 84%.
The survey looked at areas like the speed of check-in, airport security, passport control, information and navigation, and airport design.
London Southend Airport Operations Director David Lister said “This is wonderful news and testament to all the hard work that the team here at London Southend has put in.
"We think our unique promises to passengers – that they should wait no more than 4-minutes to go through security and that, on arrival with hand baggage, they are on the rail station platform within 15 minutes of leaving the aircraft- is what has been a big part of our success over the last year."
It wasn't such good news for Luton Airport though. It came bottom of the survey scoring only 43%.
The survey also showed that Stansted Airport had the longest average check-in desk waiting times in England and Southend the shortest. The consumer magazine Which? said smaller airports had generally performed better.
Air traffic control problems are causing some delays at Southend airport but not all flights are affected.
The airport says: "The advice to passengers is to keep an eye on our website, with our live departures board."
Southend Airport's first annual report reveals that it's met all of its environmental targets such as noise pollution and air quality.
The new terminal opened in March last year. Since then almost a million passenger have passed through its doors.
Southend Airport has seen a record number of passengers in the past year.
More than seven hundred thousand people have used the airport in the last 12 months.
Work is currently underway on a £10 million extension to the main terminal building which will allow London Southend to handle upt o 2 million passengers a year by 2020.
The new terminal at London Southend Airport celebrates its first anniversary today.
More than 700,000 passengers have passed through its doors over the last 12 months.
The opening of the site last year led to the creation of more than 500 new jobs.
Airport operators hope the terminal will handle more than two million passengers per year by 2020.