London Southend Airport has received the green light to build a new hotel that it hopes will help aid its transformation into a new regional gateway for the UK.
Like the planned extension to its runway, new ATC tower and on-airport railway station that will make it quicker and easier for passengers to get to Central London, the 129-room hotel will be built in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.
The three-star hotel will boast a five-star executive floor with twelve suites and a top floor restaurant that provides diners with views of the airfield.
London Southend Airport’s managing director, Alastair Welch, says: “High quality, convenient hotel facilities are an essential ingredient of successful regional airports and are an important part of our plans to modernise the airport. The hotel will greatly improve facilities for passengers as well pilots and flight crew using the airport and will also benefit local businesses.
“We also hope that the local community will make use of the facilities, particularly the restaurant. Our vision is to make this one of the top places to eat in the region.”
“The permission for the hotel follows on closely from the plans approved earlier this year to extend the airport’s runway and the works on the new airport railway station and ATC tower. It’s an exciting time for the airport and like these other developments our aim is to have the hotel open for business in advance of the London Olympics.”
The operator of the hotel will be announced in due course.