Santa Flights

Treat you and your family to the magic of Christmas.

London Southend Airport is very pleased to announce that we will, once again, be hosting the Annual Charity Santa Flights on:

Saturday 7th December 2019

Treat you and your family to the magic of Christmas and catch a fun-filled flight full of carols and Christmas activities. This year the festive fun starts in the departure lounge to get the full immersive experience of travelling out of London Southend Airport. There will be a specially designated area full of festive fun and activities, including:

  • Robin Hood panto themed arts and crafts by The Cliffs Pavilion
  • Christmas snow globe bouncer by Mega Inflatables
  • Face painting by Mrs Claus
  • Mince pies, gingerbread men, candy canes and other treats
  • Selection of hot/cold drinks and mulled wine
  • Christmas stalls - buy your last minute stocking fillers
  • PMS Elves Behavin' Badly characters
  • Letters to Santa and magic postbox
  • Walk around children's entertainment by Ziggy Zoo
  • Live festive music

Once on board, the 45 min flight will take place over the local area, towards London (if the weather allows), with a surprise appearance from Santa Claus. His Elves will inject fun throughout the flight with carol singing and games – everyone will be expected to join in, adults included! On arrival back to the terminal all children will receive a goody bag very kindly donated by PMS international (Worth RRP £20), where they will be met by Santa's little helpers.

All proceeds from this spectacular event will be donated to local charitable causes. Last year we donated over £14,000, which we hope to beat this year with the support of our amazing staff and local businesses. Find out more about all of the amazing charities that were supported last year.

Look out for an announcement regarding the Santa Flights raffle. We already have some amazing prizes donated. We will be advising how to buy tickets here soon!


All ticket prices are £80 per person - Infants under 2 go free.

Flight Options

There are two flight options to choose from:

  • Option 1: Arrive at 13:00 for Check-in ready for festive fun and a flight departure time of 15:00 - Expect to arrive back between 15:45 and 16:00.
  • Option 2: Arrive at 15:00 for Check-in ready for festive fun and a flight departure time of 17:00 - Expect to arrive back between 17:45 and 18:00. (Please note that this flight will be in the dark but you will see the Christmas lights over the surrounding towns)

Getting To and From

Information on how to get to and from London Southend Airport can be found on our website.

Arriva are once again offering free bus travel to and from the event. Details on how to get your free bus tickets will be provided in your booking confirmation email.

London Southend Airport will also offer discounted car parking. Discount codes will be available upon booking.

London Southend would like to thank our 2019 sponsors

PMS International for donating toys

easyJet for assisting with the aircraft and crews

The Cliffs Pavilion for providing Robin Hood panto themed entertainment, giftbags and raffle prizes

Arriva for donating free bus travel to/from the venue

Mega Inflatables for donating the Christmas snowglobe bouncer

Ziggy Zoo for providing children's entertainment

And a special huge thank you to all the London Southend Airport and Stobart Aviation Services staff that work tirelessly to make this event happen!

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the Santa Flight tickets go on sale?

Santa Flight tickets go on sale on Thursday 7th November 2019. There will be two release times, 11am til midday and 7pm til 8pm.

Please keep an eye on our Santa Flights web page and on our social media channels for regular updates. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

How do I book Santa Flights tickets?

You will be able to book tickets from the Santa flights webpage on Thursday 7th November 2019, where you can choose your flight time and booking options.

Please note: Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis and are subject to availability

Will the event be the same as last year?

Every year is slightly different which adds to the excitement of the event. As the airport grows, we want to ensure that we can run a successful fundraising event that is both fun and exciting but also fits in with our increasingly busy terminal.

This year's event will welcome passengers into our departure lounge to give you the chance to experience everything London Southend Airport has to offer. To ensure passengers also get a unique experience, there will be a designated area full of Christmas surprises before boarding the magical Santa flight. We receive a fantastic level of support from our busy staff, who will host another amazing annual event.

Will I need a passport to fly?

The lead passenger and anyone over 18 will require photo ID (driving license or passport). Children do not need ID.

Is this flight suited to children/adults with disabilities?

Every year we have a number of passengers with visible and non-visible difficulties join us for this event, some of whom use this as a great way to try flying for the first time. The flight is just 45 minutes long and a very relaxed and fun environment.

Please feel free to pick up one of our blue bands at the ticket desk on arrival and we will make sure you are well looked after. To find out more about our Blue Band Scheme visit Getting extra help.

If you have any further questions please contact our team of helpers at

Are there concessions available for OAPs and/or disabilities?

The proceeds of this event are all donated to local good causes; therefore, we are unable to offer concessions for OAPs.

We may be able to offer a discount to families with exceptional circumstances. This is subject to availability and demand. To find out more

Is there a meal included in the ticket price?

We will be providing free mince pies, gingerbread men and candy canes, as well as cold/hot drinks and mulled wine.

If you have any food allergies or dietary requirements, please advise our helpers on

All of our restaurants and cafes will be accessible if you wish to purchase food whilst in the departures area.

What are the restrictions through security?

Standard operating procedures still apply when travelling through security. To find out more about the latest security regulations, tips and advice please visit Preparing for security

How many tickets can I buy?

The number of tickets are restricted to 6 per booking. Children under 2 (not occupying a seat) are not included in this total.

Terms and Conditions

  • Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

  • Confirmation of your booking will be sent to the email address provided at the point of booking, upon receipt of payment.

  • Upon receipt of your booking confirmation, you will be required to submit your booking reference, full names for all passengers in your party and ages for all passengers under 18 within 7 days, or your booking may be cancelled and your payment refunded.

  • Maximum of 6 tickets per booking.

  • Infants under the age of 2 years of age, not occupying a seat may attend free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult.

  • The lead applicant must be aged 18 or over and all children must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.

  • All passengers 18 years of age and over must bring with them a valid passport or other form of photographic ID.

  • All passengers are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from London Southend Airport. However, Arriva are offering free bus travel to this event. Once you have received your booking confirmation from London Southend Airport, you will need to email Arriva directly. Details will be sent to you in your confirmation email.

  • Except as provided for below*, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

  • *In the unlikely event that the flight is cancelled due to bad weather and/or any other circumstances beyond the control of London Southend Airport, the full ticket price will be refunded.

  • London Southend Airport does not accept responsibility for any delays to the flight departure time.

  • London Southend Airport will try to allocate your seats on your preferred flight time where possible.

  • We cannot guarantee that all members of the same booking party will be seated together, but all under 12s will be seated with an accompanying adult.


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