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London gets a sixth airport - but only one of them is actually in London

Southend Airport has officially become London’s sixth airport, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Southend Airport has officially become London’s sixth airport, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The airport, which can now be known as London Southend worldwide, is one of five out of the six not to be based in the city itself.

Amazingly, London City Airport is the only one of the group to be situated in the City of London.

The remainder – Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Southend – are within the wider Metropolitan Area of London.

While the UK Civil Aviation Authority has always recognised Southend as London Southend, IATA has not.

But now, with this latest classification, travellers from across the world looking for flights to London will automatically be offered Southend as an option.

The airport’s managing director, Alastair Welch, said: “By offering London Southend alongside all the other London airports – especially at this key time when so many new customers are exploring ways of travelling to London for the Olympics – this gives us further chances to demonstrate the great customer service and big benefits we can offer people over and above the other London airports.”

London Southend has a new train station, with up to eight trains an hour travelling into central London.

The airport claims passengers will face a four-minute wait for security, and those with hand luggage can travel from plane to train in 15 minutes, or 30 minutes if waiting for baggage.

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