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Such is the scale and simplicity of Southend that leaving the plane, passing through the UK border and walking to the railway station takes five minutes.
But I went no further than the café, to meet Glyn Jones – chief executive of Stobart Air, which owns Southend airport.
He wanted to update me on the remarkable resurgence of the second-most popular airport in Essex (after Stansted).
Implausibly, Southend once had the highest-frequency air route in the world: in the 1960s, an aviation pioneer named Freddie Laker was one of the people behind the car-carrying planes that shuttled frenetically to and from Ostend in Belgium.
While Southend presents itself as a London gateway, the airport stresses it is “outside the increasingly congested airspace” over the capital.