Business expansion
United Kingdom
East of England; Essex; Southend-on-Sea
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52.2 - Support activities for transportation

1,000 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
20 March 2010
Employment effect (start)
20 March 2010
Foreseen end date
30 June 2012


Southend Airport, Essex, will be creating more than 1000 jobs by July 2012. It has been granted permission to extend its runway to become an alternative to Stansted and London City airports to ease congestion in time for the 2012 London Olympics. It raises speculation that the airport, owned by trucking group Eddie Stobart, could become another significant site for passengers flying from and to London, with the potential for an estimated 2m passengers by 2020. It is likely to attract low cost airlines as it avoids busy London flight paths and saves 20 minutes on European journeys. No figures were given for how many are currently employed by the company.


  • 20 March 2010: Financial Times


Eurofound (2010), Southend Airport, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 70314, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/70314.