London Southend Airport is adding a new FBO, Stobart Executive Jet Center (Booth V118), along with accommodations for a central London helicopter transfer, the airport announced during this week’s EBACE. To be led by managing director Steve Grimes, the upgraded Stobart facility will provide a full range of FBO services and have access to immigration and customs pre-clearance.
Under a partnership with Apollo Air Services, the FBO is offering helicopter transfers from London Southend to Canary Wharf or Battersea Heliport aboard Leonardo AW109 GrandNew helicopters. Car services and boat transfers are also offered. The transfer service enables passengers to reach central London in 10 minutes from London Southend.
The FBO facilities include 24-hour surveillance and security, private security clearance, large meeting room with video conference facilities, passenger lounge, complimentary refreshments and Wi-Fi, catering and shuttle service. A range of line and handling services and hangarage is further offered.
“There is little doubt in my mind, with the formidable capacity issues in the UK’s South East airspace, and the level of service and facilities we offer, that we are perfectly positioned to become a serious player in the London market,” said Stobart Group CEO Warwick Brady. “Beyond that, our newly launched Executive Jet Centre, complete with comprehensive FBO facilities, fully serviced executive lounge, and a new helicopter transfer partnership with Apollo, make us the wise choice.”
The additional services are part of an effort by the airport to expand and attract operations in the London area. The airport notes it has no slot restrictions and offers better departure routes outside of London airspace, providing shorter flight times.