Preparing for check in

All you need to know about when to arrive and where to go

We’ve made it quick and easy to check in at London Southend Airport. Whether you check in online or in person, we won’t keep you hanging around.

Checking in with ease

Our dedicated check in area has ten desks to help whisk you to your destination in no time. To find the right desk, just look for the airline logo on the screen above the desk. To save time at check in, it helps to have your tickets or booking confirmation and passport ready.

When it comes to packing hand luggage, please try to make sure your bag only contains your valuables and things you’ll need during your journey.

If you’ve checked in online and only have hand luggage, it’s even easier. Just head straight for security, which you’ll find up the escalators near check in. From there, it’s just a short walk along the balcony.

When to arrive at the airport

Before you fly, check your ticket or booking confirmation for your airline’s check-in advice. If you need to check in in person, or if you’ve got bags to drop off, it’s a good idea to arrive at least two hours before your departure time.

Depending on the airline you’re flying with, check in normally closes between 30 and 40 minutes before departure, so please arrive in plenty of time. Boarding normally begins around 40 minutes before departure.

To get the most from your time with us at London Southend Airport, it’s best to head straight to security and into the departure lounge as soon as you’ve checked in or dropped-off your bags.

Our terminal building is open between 4am and midnight – so night birds arriving before 4am will need to wait outside.

Checking in online

As each airline has its own approach to online check-in, it’s best to check with them in advance to find out what you need to do.


easyJet’s online check in opens 30 days before departure and closes two hours before departure time. easyJet operates a 100% online check in system, so please remember to print your boarding cards before you arrive at the airport. Find out more


Flybe’s online check in opens 36 hours before departure time and closes two hours beforehand.
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Thomson and First Choice

Thomson and First Choice have check in desks at the airport which open two hours before departure time.