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Southend Airport expansion plans revealed

Southend Airport has revealed expansion plans for a new terminal, hotel and railway station.

Its owner Regional Airports said it is looking for investors to fund the revamp, which will also include a runway extension to allow larger planes to use the base.

The airport is located in the Thames Gateway region to the east of London and could become a transport hub for the area.

Andrew Walters, chief executive of Regional Airports, said: "We have already invested a great deal in the airport’s infrastructure and have secured approval for exciting development plans. What is required now is for an owner with the required resources and expertise to realise fully the potential that we know is there."