London Southend is flying high as business travelers push private jet usage up 25 per cent

 
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Stobart Group has invested more than £140m into the business airport (Source: London Southend Airport)

Business travel is taking off this year as London Southend Airport reported private jet usage was up 25 per cent year on year between March and August.

Compared to London's other business jet airports, the Stobart-owned business has the advantages of its convenience and special offerings, said the airport's head of business aviation Hannah Lo Bao.

London Southend is located 35 miles from central London, about a 55-minute car journey, and its position outside the city's congested airspace means quicker journeys.

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The airport also boasts short aircraft taxi times, private helicopter transfers to London Battersea heliport and no slot restrictions.

“London Southend Airport is the smart and time efficient choice for business aviation, and we have capacity available," Lo Bao said.

Stobart Group has invested more than £140m into the airport since it was acquired in 2008. A train station has been built just by the airport's new terminal providing eight trains an hour to London, and a Holiday Inn has been built on-site.

In October, Stobart Group announced strong interim results for the six months to 31 August, with revenue rising 13 per cent to £65.3m.

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