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====[http://www.southendairport.com London Southend]====
 
====[http://www.southendairport.com London Southend]====
({{IATA|SEN}}) only officially became London's sixth airport when it was recently included within IATA's classification of the Metropolitan Area of London, '''LON''' – meaning the airport is now officially ''London Southend'' to the rest of the world and airline booking systems. Like "London Gatwick" or "London Stansted", the name is something of a creative liberty, since Southend is certainly not in the south end of London - it is located near the seaside town of [[Southend-on-Sea]] in Essex, which is some 42 miles (67km) to the east of the city. As this is a small airport (the smallest of the other 5 London airports), it is recommended to allow plenty of time to get through check-in/bag drop and security (especially on early morning and late afternoon/early evening flights), as there can be long queues. There are not a lot of facilities on landside (Moneycorp, Europcar, a small WHSmith kiosk, Taxi Desk, vending machines and a Costa Coffee), but once you get through to departures, there is a lot more choice (Giraffe Stop, another Costa Coffee, a Tapas bar called Bourgee, a pub restaurant called The Navigator, WHSmith, another Moneycorp, a First Class Lounge and World Duty Free). It is best to get to the airport no more than 2 hours before departure, any earlier can leave you getting bored very quickly, being a small airport.
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({{IATA|SEN}}) only officially became London's sixth airport when it was recently included within IATA's classification of the Metropolitan Area of London, '''LON''' – meaning the airport is now officially ''London Southend'' to the rest of the world and airline booking systems. Like "London Gatwick" or "London Stansted", the name is something of a creative liberty, since Southend is certainly not in the south end of London - it is located near the seaside town of [[Southend-on-Sea]] in Essex, which is some 42 miles (67km) to the east of the city. As this is a small airport (the smallest of the other 5 London airports), it is recommended to allow plenty of time to get through security (especially on early morning and Friday/Sunday evening flights), as there can be long queues (expect a maximum 30 to 40 minute wait at peak times). Staff are also very strict in monitoring Easyjet's hand luggage policy, at the boarding gates. There are not a lot of facilities on landside (Moneycorp, Europcar, Taxi Desk, vending machines and a Costa Coffee), but once you get through to departures, there is a lot more choice (Giraffe Stop, another Costa Coffee, a Tapas bar called Bourgee, a pub restaurant called The Navigator, WHSmith, another Moneycorp, a First Class Lounge and World Duty Free). It is best to get to the airport no more than 2 hours before departure, any earlier can leave you getting bored very quickly, being a small airport.
 
A regular rail service runs from Southend Airport Station to London Liverpool Street Station in central London 36 miles (58km) to the west.
 
A regular rail service runs from Southend Airport Station to London Liverpool Street Station in central London 36 miles (58km) to the west.
  
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'''By taxi:''' Taxis to and from the airport and London are very expensive and should only be used as a last resort (e.g. Missing the last train to London). Andrew's Airport Cars are based at the airport, but the service is not very good (e.g. very few taxis availible for arriving passengers) and the fares tend to be slightly more expensive than other taxi firms in the Southend-on-Sea area.
 
'''By taxi:''' Taxis to and from the airport and London are very expensive and should only be used as a last resort (e.g. Missing the last train to London). Andrew's Airport Cars are based at the airport, but the service is not very good (e.g. very few taxis availible for arriving passengers) and the fares tend to be slightly more expensive than other taxi firms in the Southend-on-Sea area.
  
{{cautionbox|Passengers from central London intending to use the first departures of the day (or the latest arrivals into SEN) should note that the earliest train from Liverpool Street arrives too late for first flights, and the final train to Liverpool Street leaves before the final arrival of the day. The airport terminal building is not open 24 hours a day, opening at 03:30 and closing at around 00:30, or 45 minutes after the last flight has landed, so it may sometimes be closed earlier. Passengers will be asked to leave the terminal building when it closes. Therefore, this airport is not suitable for sleeping overnight for an early morning flight. There is a Holiday Inn Express hotel, a few minutes walk from the terminal, but it is wise to book in advance. The first train from London arrives at the airport just after before 05:30 and the last train of the day from the airport to London is at 23:59. Trains start later and finish earlier on Sundays and Bank Holidays. If you miss the last train to London, you could be in for a very expensive taxi journey (taxi fares from the airport to Liverpool Street station can run up to over £100!). It is wise to plan your journey to and from the airport in advance, to prevent dissapointment and being stranded.}}
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{{cautionbox|Passengers from central London intending to use the first departures of the day (or the latest arrivals into SEN) should note that the earliest train from Liverpool Street arrives too late for first flights, and the final train to Liverpool Street leaves before the final arrival of the day. The airport terminal building is not open 24 hours a day, opening at 4am and closing at midnight, or 45 minutes after the last flight has landed, so it may sometimes be closed earlier. Passengers will be asked to leave the terminal building when it closes. Therefore, this airport is not suitable for sleeping overnight for an early morning flight. There is a Holiday Inn Express hotel, a few minutes walk from the terminal, but it is wise to book in advance. The first train from London arrives at the airport just after 6:30am and the last train of the day from the airport to London is at 11:05pm. Trains start later and finish earlier on Sundays and Bank Holidays. If you miss the last train to London, you could be in for a very expensive taxi journey (taxi fares from the airport to Liverpool Street station can run up to over £100!). It is wise to plan your journey to and from the airport in advance, to prevent dissapointment and being stranded.}}
  
 
====Other airports near London====
 
====Other airports near London====

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