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Prior to first call to ATC obtain ATIS in good time (ATIS frequency is 136.050 MHz and has a range of 60nm which can be received from up to 20,000 ft; pilots unable to receive the ATIS can obtain it by telephone on +44 (0) 871 789 1365 (National Rate charged)). Pilots are to make first call to ATC on the Radar frequency of 130.775. For VFR flights this should be done prior to reaching any of the VRP's and at least 10 minutes flying time from the Southend.

Radar service is available 0630-2330 local time and later by arrangement.

Prior Permission is only Required (P.P.R.) for flights only between 2300-0630 local time, and for Instrument Approach training, circuit details and qualifying cross country flights at any time. For PPR, and notification of student flights, Tel. +44 (0) 1702 538420.

Departing Aircraft

If not on a FPL, ensure you 'book-out' with the Flight Briefing Office staff in person or by phone (01702 608150), or through ATC. This helps reduce RT loading on frequency.

Prior to starting engines, obtain airport information from the Southend ATIS on 136.050 MHz. IFR flights are recommended to request 'Start-up clearance' first, so that any slot time revisions can be advised at this time. Between the hours of 0630-2300 local time, the first radio call to ATC is to be made on the Tower frequency 127.725 MHz.

Air Traffic Control

The Air Traffic Control service at London Southend is provided by a team of 16 Air Traffic Control Officers, 2 Air Traffic Control Assistants and a specialised Air Traffic Control Engineering department.

ATC staff are all highly trained with the controllers and engineers licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority regulator to National and European standards.

ATC services are provided H24 from the airport. An Approach Procedural service is provided outside of the radar hours of availability.

A Lower Airspace Radar Service (LARS) is also made available by the airport to aircraft flying in the Southend area whilst not in controlled airspace. The hours for this service are 0830-1800 local time.

More information about LSA's Air Traffic Control Services can be found here.


London Southend Airport has one runway 05/23.

Length = 1856m Width = 37m

Runway TORA TODA ASDA LDA Threshold Elevation
05 1739m 1799m 1739m 1604m 55ft
23 1739m 1799m 1799m 1604m 38ft

A 'Starter extension' at the western end of the runway is of length 135m.

The runway Pavement Classification Number (PCN) is 39/F/B/X/T.

Runway Friction: The runway surface is made of BBA. This is a porous material which is ungrooved but offers very good friction characteristics. For further information and the latest survey reports of runway friction and obstacles around the airport please contact our ATC team.

Airfield and Taxiway Layout and Hold Points Click here for Aerodrome Chart. The latest NOTAM's applying to Southend should be checked on the NATS-AIS site. (You will need to register your details to do this.)

Fire and Rescue

London Southend Airport 's Fire and Rescue service is fully approved by the CAA. Full 24-hour cover is provided by fully trained aviation fire-fighters supported by three appliances with media capability up to and including Fire Category 6.

The following categories are provided, all times are local:

  • RFF Category 6 Monday to Sunday from 0600-0000.
  • RFF Category 4 Monday to Sunday 0000-0600 increasing to category 6 with 30 minute's notice.
  • Please contact if Fire upgrades are required.


Our London Southend Handling staff have access to European Charts, text forecasts, satellite images, rainfall Radar, TAF's, METARs and Aerodrome Colour States. We also have AFTN Telex for direct access to worldwide METAR and TAF databanks. We are in regular telephone and fax communication with the UK Meteorological Office. We will also supply weather information obtainable from internet sources if required.

As well as the links below, the Southend METAR is available through the ATIS 'Southend Information' on frequency 136.050Mhz.

Danger Area 138 complex

Information regarding the status of the Danger Area 138 complex to the east of Southend (see AIP chart AD 2-EGMC-4-1) is provided by ATC. Pilots are responsible for maintaining safe separation from the Danger Area complexand shall advise ATC prior to taking off if an alternative clearance is required. It should be noted that Runway 05 departures to the south have the greatest risk of Danger Area incursion.

Noise Abatement Procedures

All aircraft weighing over 5700kg must follow a straight departure heading for 2.5 miles when departing towards the south west (over Leigh-on-Sea) and 1 mile when departing towards the north east (over Rochford). This applies during the night time and day time periods.

Please ensure that all of your pilots are familiar with our Noise Abatement procedures which are in the UK AIP. Please note that there is a mechanism in place to fine operators who breach our NPR.


Operators of all aircraft using the aerodrome shall ensure at all times that aircraft are operated in a manner calculated to cause the least disturbance practicable in the areas surrounding the aerodrome. The following procedures and routeings apply to all aircraft whether landing or taking off or making a missed approach in either VMC or IMC.

  1. Aircraft of more than 5.7 tonnes Maximum Certified Weight:
    1. When departing Runway 05 shall climb straight ahead until a range of 1 DME (I-SO or I-ND) and an altitude of 1500ft is reached before turning;
    2. When departing Runway 23 shall climb straight ahead until a range of 2.5 DME (I-SO or I-ND) and an altitude of 1500 ft is reached before turning;
  2. Between 2300-0630 (winter), 2200-0530 (summer), Noise limits, Noise Quotas and limitations on the number and types of aircraft accepted apply. Operators wishing to operate within this period must seek prior approval from the airport. Civil Helicopters not normally permitted.
  3. The airport operates a Preferred Runway Usage Scheme as follows: Subject to over-riding Pilot and ATC safety/ performance and separation requirements, whenever the tailwind component is 5 kt or less, the preferred runway for departures is Runway 05, and for arrivals is Runway 23.


During the night period 23:00 – 06:30 only aircraft classified with a Quota Count of 1 (QC) or less are permitted to take-off or land. Aircraft are assigned quota count (QC) classifications as shows in the table below.

96 – 98.9QC/4
93 – 95.9QC/2
90 – 92.9QC/1
87 – 89.9QC/0.5
84 – 86.9QC/0.25

Aircraft are classified separately for take-off and landing.

Schedules showing the QC classification of individual aircraft are published twice a year by the CAA.

Please also note: Private helicopters are banned from operating during the night period.

Air Passenger Duty

Information and all the forms on APD are available from HMRC

Should operators have any questions then you can call: call the APD Helpdesk on 03000 533575 or email

Alternatively Stobart Executive Handling will do their best to find out further information if required.

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