International Air Transport Association has classified the airport to now be known as London Southend, something London City¡¯s chief Matthew Hall said will irritate visitors.
"Giving the 'London' designation to an airport which is nearly an hour away by train is faintly ridiculous and extremely misleading," Mr Hall said, feeling for the people who expect to land in London and ends up in a field on the east coast.
The naming of London Southend adds to the already confusing London Luton (which more than 50km from the capital), London Stansted (64km), and London Oxford (90km).
Southend used to be Britain's third busiest airport in 1960, behind Heathrow and Manchester. Before it suffered competition from cross-Channel ferry services, it flew nearly 700,000 passengers each year to destinations including Paris, Ostende, Rotterdam and the Channel Islands.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Southend London ... A field 80km from London
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W