Getting extra help

London Southend Airport prides itself on making your journey easy.

At London Southend Airport, we always ensure that everyone can travel through the airport with ease. If you or anyone travelling with you needs extra help, please ask. We have a range of special assistance services to make your journey smoother and simpler.

The train station is just 100 metres from the passenger terminal and accessible car parking is available from no further than 400 metres from the terminal entrance.

Booking Special Assistance

If you require special assistance you must inform your airline, tour operator or travel agent at least 48 hours before you fly. It is best to give as much notice as possible both for your outbound and return journeys so that the necessary arrangements to give you the assistance you require can be made.

Where to go for help when you arrive at the airport

To confirm your arrival if you have pre booked assistance getting to/from the carpark, please press the assistance button on the entrance barrier or at the pay on foot machine.

When you arrive at London Southend Airport, please head for the ticket desk in the entrance concourse of the terminal - this is the assistance meeting point, please use the intercom if the desk is unmanned.

Pre booking assistance at London Southend Airport will include:

  • Assistance to and from points of onward travel (taxi, car park and rail station)
  • Pre booking assistance enables us to help you, from check in to the aircraft, including visits to retail outlets/café and introducing you to crew members on board
  • Pre booking will enable a choice of boarding and disembarkation via Ambulift or Aviramp. No matter which airline you are flying with, a trained member of our ground handling team can carry the designated seat on-board the aircraft
  • Assistance with baggage retrieval
  • Assistance with customs and immigration procedures

To pre book your special assistance please visit or email

If you require further assistance after pre booking please email:

Scooters and wheelchairs

All the airlines flying from London Southend Airport can accommodate mobility scooters and manually-powered wheelchairs. Please book this service with your airline in advance, as airline authorisation may be needed before you travel.

At the load area, any mobility equipment that's not needed to help you get through security should be placed in the load trays.

If you need to use mobility equipment to help you get through security, you will be able to pass through a gate to the side of the security arch. Then, a trained member of our security team will perform a full search, including a search of your mobility equipment. Private rooms are available for these searches, so if you'd rather be searched in a private room please let us know when you're going through security.

Medical equipment in your luggage

Please let our staff know of any medication or medical equipment in your hand luggage. This will be handled with the utmost care by our security team.

Hidden Disabilities

Blue Band Scheme

If you have a hidden disability (or are travelling with someone who has), such as autism, dementia, anxiety or if you are sight or hearing-impaired, the unfamiliar, bustling airport can sometimes be a little overwhelming.

We can provide a discreet blue wristband to wear as a subtle sign to our staff that additional support might be required. You do not need to pre-book, the wristbands are free of charge and available from the ticket desk in the terminal building, if this is unmanned please use the intercom button. Blue bands can also be collected from presentation (in front of security) and from The Pilot Café in departures.

We've provided specialist training for all customer facing staff so they can play their part in making sure you enjoy a stress-free airport experience.

Download the leaflet [PDF]

Therapy dog programme

We are proud of our joint partnership with Essex Therapy Dogs to bring therapy dogs to the airport. Known to reduce anxiety, therapy dogs can help even the most nervous of fliers regain their confidence. Our four-legged friends will roam the terminal every week to offer a friendly stroke or a furry cuddle to anyone who needs.

All of our therapy dogs are trained by Essex Therapy Dogs to bring comfort and reduce anxiety – particularly around nervous people, those experiencing stress, or those with hidden disabilities.

Please be aware the therapy dogs are onsite during specific days and times. For more information please visit our Therapy Dogs page.

If you are blind or visually impaired

Guide Dogs are more than welcome at the airport. We regularly work with the Guide Dogs for the Blind who bring their puppies along for familiarisation training. Please note that guide dogs can only travel if they are registered with the Pet Travel Scheme and if allowed by your airline and holiday destination. For further information on travelling with an assistance dog, please visit the dedicated webpage on the UK Government website.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing

Hearing loops are situated at the ticket desk, check-in desks and boarding gates. Visual information is provided throughout the terminal via Flight Information Display Screens.

We also have many mobile hearing loops to assist and aim to provide support staff who are trained signers.

Getting to and from the airport

Railway station

Our modern railway station has been designed with easy access in mind. A covered walkway links the station to the terminal. There are passenger lifts to the platforms on both sides of the station - and station staff will be happy to help you get around.

Contact - to book 48 hours in advance.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1702 545536

For further information on boarding the train at other stations, visit the Greater Anglia website.


In the terminal, the check-in concourse, departures and arrivals are all on the ground floor. Airport security and our SkyLife lounge are both on the first floor. Lifts and escalators are in place for access. If you think you may need help boarding or disembarking the aircraft, or at any point during your journey through the terminal, please contact us before you travel, or visit the ticket desk in the main concourse.


Telephone: +44 (0) 1702 538517

Car parking

Accessible car parking is available from no further than 400 metres from the terminal entrance.

If you need help getting to or from your car, please state this in the pre booking process.

To confirm your arrival if you have pre booked assistance getting to/from the carpark, please press the assistance button on the entrance barrier or at the pay on foot machine.

For pick up/drop off: There are conveniently located disabled bays in our Short Stay car park (charges apply) which provides the closest option for accessing the terminal. There is also the option of using Long Stay 3 (15 minutes free), which is approximately 200m walk from the terminal building.

For parking: There are conveniently located disabled bays in our Long Stay 1 and Long Stay 2 car park for when you are pre booking or simply turning up to park. Please note that Long Stay 1 disabled parking bays are closer to the terminal than Long Stay 2.

Long Stay 1 car park is closest to the terminal, with the shortest distance to the check in concourse.


Telephone: +44 (0) 1702 538517

Walking distances and times

  • Long Stay 1 car park to check in concourse 2 minutes - 115 metres / 378 feet / 126 yards
  • Long Stay 2 car park to check in concourse 3 minutes - 269 metres / 881 feet / 294 yards
  • Long Stay 3 car park to check in concourse 4 - 5 minutes - 246 metres / 808 feet / 269 yards
  • Short Stay car park to check in concourse 2 minutes - 115 metres / 378 feet / 126 yards
  • Check in concourse to security 2 minutes
  • Security to departure lounge 1 minute
  • Departure lounge to furthest aircraft stand 2 minutes
  • Arrivals hall to Short Stay or Long Stay 1 car parks 3 minutes
  • Arrivals hall to Long Stay 2 or 3 car parks 5 - 6 minutes
  • Terminal to/from Hotel 7 minute walk. Taxi to/from Hotel is available from airport taxi rank or bookable from the Hotel via 01702 200200

Our targets

At London Southend Airport, we aim to provide high standards of assistance to everyone who needs extra support throughout their journey at the airport, and to minimise waiting times.

We are committed to ensuring that everyone who has requested assistance in advance will reach their aircraft in time for departure. We will make every effort to provide assistance to our passengers who have not requested help in advance. We constantly monitor our quality standards to ensure we are meeting our targets and commitments to passengers with reduced mobility and other needs.

How are we doing?

To help us measure our performance and look for ways to improve, please take a moment to feed back about our Special Assistance service at the airport. This independent survey, designed by the Civil Aviation Authority, should only take a few minutes to complete. Thank you.

Take the survey

Working with disability groups

At London Southend Airport we take an active role in our community and meet regularly with disability groups. We have partnerships with organisations working with hidden disabilities, working with the Alzheimer's Society via the Strategy and Commissioning Officer for Dementia. We are proud to be the UK's first dementia friendly airport.

We have also produced a leaflet giving advice to those with dementia, and their carers, about how to improve the quality of their journey through the airport.

Download the leaflet [PDF]

We work in partnership with organisations representing disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility to review and improve our service provision. We have worked with a number of disability organisations with particular focus on those representing hidden disabilities.

These included:

  • Dementia Friends
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind

For further information on our recent work with disability groups see below;

Download a document about our recent work with disability groups [PDF]


Pre-book the SKYLIFE Lounge


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