Airport Information

Arriving Aircraft 

Prior to first call to ATC obtain ATIS in good time (ATIS frequency is 136.050 MHz and has a range of 60nm which can be received from up to 20,000 ft; pilots unable to receive the ATIS can obtain it by telephone on +44 (0) 871 789 1365 (National Rate charged)). Pilots are to make first call to ATC on the Radar frequency of 130.775. For VFR flights this should be done prior to reaching any of the VRP’s and at least 10 minutes flying time from the Southend.
Radar service is available 0630-2330 local time and later by arrangement.

Prior Permission
 is only Required (P.P.R.) for flights only between 2300-0630 local time, and for Instrument Approach training, circuit details and qualifying cross country flights at any time. For PPR, and notification of student flights, Tel. +44 (0) 1702 538420.

Departing Aircraft

If not on a FPL, ensure you ‘book-out’ with the Flight Briefing Office staff in person or by phone (01702 608124/5), or through ATC. This helps reduce RT loading on frequency.
Prior to starting engines, obtain airport information from the Southend ATIS on 136.050 MHz. IFR flights are recommended to request ‘Start-up clearance’ first, so that any slot time revisions can be advised at this time. Between the hours of 0630-2300 local time, the first radio call to ATC is to be made on the Tower frequency 127.725 MHz.
Pilots unable to receive the ATIS can obtain it by telephone on +44 (0) 871 789 1365 (National Rate charged).

Air Traffic Control

The Air Traffic Control service at London Southend is provided by a team of 16 Air Traffic Control Officers, 2 Air Traffic Control Assistants and a specialised Air Traffic Control Engineering department.
ATC staff are all highly trained with the controllers and engineers licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority regulator to National and European standards.
ATC services are provided H24 from the airport. An Approach Procedural service is provided outside of the radar hours of availability.
A Lower Airspace Radar Service (LARS) is also made available by the airport to aircraft flying in the Southend area whilst not in controlled airspace. The hours for this service are 0830-1800 local time.
More information about LSA’s Air Traffic Control Services can be found here.


London Southend Airport has one runway 05/23.

Length = 1856m Width = 37m

Runway TORA TODA ASDA LDA Threshold Elevation
05 1739m 1799m 1739m 1604m 55ft
23 1739m 1799m 1799m 1604m 38ft

A ‘Starter extension’ at the western end of the runway is of length 135m.

The runway Pavement Classification Number (PCN) is 39/F/B/X/T.

Runway Friction: The runway surface is made of BBA. This is a porous material which is ungrooved but offers very good friction characteristics. For further information and the latest survey reports of runway friction and obstacles around the airport please contact our ATC team.
Airfield and Taxiway Layout and Hold Points
Click here for Aerodrome Chart. The latest NOTAM’s applying to Southend should be checked on the NATS-AIS site. (You will need to register your details to do this.)


Fire and Rescue

London Southend Airport ’s Fire and Rescue service is fully approved by the CAA. Full 24-hour cover is provided by fully trained aviation fire-fighters supported by three appliances with media capability up to and including Fire Category 6.

The following categories are provided, all times are local:

RFF Category 6 Monday to Sunday from 0600-0000.

RFF Category 4 Monday to Sunday 0000-0600 increasing to category 6 with 30 minute’s notice.

Please contact  if Fire upgrades are required.


Our London Southend Handling staff have access to European Charts, text forecasts, satellite images, rainfall Radar, TAF’s, METARs and Aerodrome Colour States. We also have AFTN Telex for direct access to worldwide METAR and TAF databanks. We are in regular telephone and fax communication with the UK Meteorological Office. We will also supply weather information obtainable from internet sources if required.

As well as the links below, the Southend METAR is available through the ATIS ‘Southend Information’ on frequency 136.050Mhz. Pilots unable to receive the ATIS can obtain it by telephone on +44 (0) 871 789 1365 (National Rate charged).

Weather Now

Weather Forecast


Noise Abatement Procedures

1 – Introduction
The purpose of this notice is to inform all airport users of the requirement to observe the Quiet Operations Policy and to advise of changes to our noise abatement procedures
This Notice is provided to all operators and tenants/users. The rules are also incorporated into the Airport’s fees and charges and conditions of use.

2 – Quiet Ground Operations Scheme
· For the purposes of this Scheme, Ground Operations are defined as aircraft taxiing, the use of ground power units (GPU) and the use of aircraft auxiliary power units (APU). Note that take-off and landing (including reverse thrust) and engine testing are covered by other parts of the Quiet Operations Policy.
· Ground Operators are defined as those whose activities at the Airport have noise implications including but not limited to operations staff, airlines, air traffic control, tenants/users and other operators.

Aircraft Taxiing

· In general, aircraft engines shall be operated so as to minimise noise when on the ground. Wherever possible, aircraft should not be given clearance to start their engines until it is clear that take off can be achieved without delay. For taxiing, aircraft shall use idle thrust settings unless it is necessary to increase thrust to break away from stationary or to climb a gradient.

Night Time Operations

· There are a number of restrictions on night time (2300-0630 hours) operations. These restrictions apply to aircraft take offs and landings, but aircraft subject to these restrictions may operate on the ground before 0630 or after 2300 hours and at these times they shall be operated for the minimum time necessary to taxi between the runway and their parking stand.

Ground Power

· The Airport will take reasonable steps to ensure that Fixed Electrical Ground Power (FEGP) shall be used where fitted in preference to Ground Power Units (GPU) and Aircraft Auxiliary Power Units (APU). Where FEGP is not fitted, or not available, APUs or GPUs may be used. APUs on passenger aircraft shall not be used for more than 30 minutes before departure or after arrival. APUs and GPUs may be used where it is necessary for testing and maintenance. The assessment and limitation of noise from GPUs will have regard to the assessment methodology and guidance within British Standard 4142: 1997 and any subsequent relevant replacement for this standard.


· The Airport will monitor adherence to this Quiet Ground Operations Scheme by ensuring that its Air Traffic Controllers are instructed to direct operators to operate in accordance with the Scheme.

· To meet the requirements of Clause 3.30 of the Second Schedule of the S106 Agreement, the Airport will endeavour to stop any breach, remedy the breach, prevent any recurrence and assist Rochford District Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in taking any enforcement action, together with recording and notifying each breach. In practice this will mean that the Airport will contact the operator and seek an explanation and request an assurance that no further breaches will occur. In the event of persistent breaches with no satisfactory explanation, the ultimate sanction is to refuse to accept operations by an operator as it would not be operating in accordance with the Airport Director’s Instructions. In addition, as noted above, the scheme will provide for the Airport to assist the Councils in taking enforcement action, if requested to do so.


· The airport will report in full in an annual report any occasions where it has been identified that the conditions of this policy have not been fully met. Where FEGP is out of service and this results in the use of GPU or APU, this will be recorded and reported.

3 – Noise Abatement Procedures

The airport has introduced a number of procedures to help minimise the noise impact of the airport on our local residents;

· Noise Preferential Routes (NPR)

· Runway Preference Arrangements

Details of these are published in the UKAIP AD 2.21which is available to view on the NATS and Southend Airport websites.

4 – Enquires

Any questions regarding this notice should be made to Jo Marchetti Community Affairs Coordinator 01702 538 529.

Air Passenger Duty (APD)

Air Passenger Duty extension

From 1 April 2013, Air Passenger Duty (APD) was extended to include fixed wing private/business jets and other smaller aircraft with an authorised take off weight of 5.7 tonnes or more. This means that operators of such fixed wing aircraft: that are fuelled by Aviation Turbine Fuel, and take off from UK airports carrying passengers are now required by law to register and account for APD within seven days of the flight taking place

What is Air Passenger Duty (APD)?

APD is an excise duty which is due on chargeable passengers being carried from a UK airport on chargeable aircraft.

The rate of APD depends on the passengers’ final destination. There are four destination bands based on the distance between London and the capital city of the destination country/territory. From 1 April 2013 each destination band has three rates of duty depending on the class of travel and the type of aircraft used, so there are 12 different rates of duty in total.

How to register and pay APD

It is easy to register for and pay APD. Operators who have not yet registered should complete and submit a simple registration form as soon as possible.

APD returns

Once registered, operators need to complete and submit monthly returns. Or for Operators who estimate they will pay APD of £500,000 a year or less may join the Annual Accounting Scheme. This means you will only need to submit one return for the year and they can pay annually.

Operators who only fly occasionally (twelve flights or fewer in a year and estimated APD of less than £5,000), can choose not to register but instead use the Occasional Operator Scheme. This is essentially a pay-as-you-fly simplified scheme. A notification and payment form is available online.

More information

Information and all the forms on APD are available from

Should operators have any questions then you can call:

call the APD Helpdesk on 03000 533575 or


Alternatively Stobart Executive Handling will do their best to find out further information if required.

Useful Contact Details:

Stobart Executive Handling: +44 (0) 1702 538595

Flight Briefing Office: +44 (0) 1702 608150

Air Traffic Control +44 (0) 1702 538420

Fire Service +44 (0) 1702 608141