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Southend airport granted controlled airspace to reduce environmental impacts

Around a million passengers a year now use Southend airport in Essex. Credit: London Southend Airport

Controlled airpace is to be reintroduced over Southend airport in Essex after an increase in the flights using the terminal.

The move will further safeguard aircraft on approach to and departure from the airport and minimise distance flown to reduce environmental impacts. The airport now has around 1 million passengers a year.

Southend had controlled airspace until 1993 and when it was lifted aircraft could come within 2.5 miles and 2000 feet of the airport without having to talk to air traffic controllers.

“Safety and security are our number one priority. Controlled Airspace safeguards aircraft when they are approaching and departing the airport. Improving our efficiency by getting aircraft in and out of the airport without alterations and delays will also minimise the impact of the airport on the local community and is better for the environment."

– Jason Ivey, London Southend Airport Operations Director