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New Stobart Jet Centre for London region outstrips competitors on price, speed and convenience

  • Official unveiling of major new executive jet Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at London Southend Airport
  • FBO offers unique service - 24/7 facility all year round (except Christmas day), unrestricted slots, VIP experience, and region’s most competitive prices

London, 19 January 2018 – Stobart Aviation, part of the Stobart Group, has officially launched a major new executive jet fixed based operator (FBO) at London Southend Airport, outstripping competitors on price, speed and convenience in the south east region.

The new "Stobart Jet Centre", is also expected to deliver a major boost to the capacity available for private flights into London, Europe’s busiest city for private aviation[1]. The centre is expected to cater for 5,000 flights per year by 2022.

Last night senior management hosted a launch party at the new FBO with 100 VIP industry guests who were given an exclusive tour of the facilities. Here are some images of the new centre.

The Stobart Jet Centre will offer customers:


  • The centre will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 364 days a year . Only one of the five other private jet centres in the capital - London Luton - offers a similar service
  • London Southend Airport is only 42 miles from the heart of London’s West End with excellent road, rail and helicopter links to the city
  • Car services can drive right up to the plane. Chauffeur transfers are less than an hour by road to Central London and only 30 minutes to the M25, the London orbital motorway
  • Six trains per hour in to the centre of London within 45 minutes from a dedicated rail station
  • There are helicopter transfers to and from Canary Wharf or Battersea Heliport. Passengers can reach central London in 10 minutes from London Southend


  • With no slot restrictions, London Southend Airport can offer faster departure routes outside of London airspace, reducing flight times
  • The centre offers onsite immigration and customs, with pre-clearance available to qualifying passengers


  • The centre offers a VIP lounge with complimentary catering, refreshments and business services
  • Friendly and professional team to escort passengers to and from the aircraft


  • Full range of facilities for all aircraft needs
  • Private crew lounge with complimentary refreshments, TV and computer facilities


  • By far the most competitive landing, parking and handling prices in the London area

The jet centre is another development at London’s growing Southend Airport which was ranked in 2017, the Capital’s best airport for the fifth year in a row[3].

Stephen Grimes, Managing Director, Stobart Jet Centre Limited, says:

“Always at the heart of our thinking for this new FBO has been to provide our customers with the utmost convenience, speed and comfort. We will be also offering the most competitive prices in the London business and private aviation market.

“The Stobart Jet Centre will give our customers a fast, hassle-free service 24 hours a day with home from home comfort and no slot restrictions.

“We are absolutely confident that Stobart Jet Centre provides a unique environment and refreshing alternative to other airports serving London.”

Further details of the Stobart Jet Centre can be found at

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Notes to Editors

About London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport has been ranked ‘Best London Airport 2017’ by Which? for the fifth year in a row. It was also voted ‘Best UK Airport (under 3 million capacity)’ in 2016 for a second time by the Airport Operator’s Association.

The airport serves more than 30 domestic and European routes already operate.

Owners the Stobart Group has invested more than £160m invested since 2008. The super-fast terminal enables passengers to get from plane to train or train to plane in less than 15 minutes. London Southend Airport is now one of the fastest ways to access central London by air, with a dedicated train station in front of the terminal and rail access London in 45 minutes.

  2. Closed Christmas Day
  3. Which? magazine survey 2017

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