London Southend Airport, one of the region’s most efficient gateways to the US

London Southend Airport’s Aer Lingus service to Dublin, operated by Flybe, is one of the most stress-free routes to the US due to Dublin Airport offering pre-clearance services. Dublin Airport is one of only two airports in the world which offer the service. In order to get this status, the airport concerned has to meet the safety and security requirements of the US.

The pre-clearance service means that on arrival in the US, passengers will be treated similarly to domestic passengers and so avoid the typical lengthy delays of US security.

London Southend Airport’s connection to the time-saving service

London Southend Airport check inA service which allows its passengers to connect to 11 North American destinations through Dublin Airport has launched at Southend Airport. Customers flying from London Southend Airport can complete security and customs checks in Dublin before making their way to the US, reducing journey times.

“We are excited to announce details of this service which will open London Southend up to transatlantic travel and save our customers time in the process. We estimate that over 13 million passengers travel through London airports to fly to North America annually, adding substantial time to their journey. Now there is an alternative. This service will enable customers to fly from London Southend airport, complete security and customs checks in Dublin before making their onward trip to the US at reduced journey times.”


Glyn Jones, CEO, London Southend Airport

Flybe, operating at London Southend Airport, runs at least 3 daily flights from London Southend to Dublin. From Dublin, passengers have access to 11 US destinations provided by Aer Lingus, Ireland’s only 4-star airline and Dublin Airport’s anchor tenant. These include:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Miami 
  • JFK 
  • Hartford, Connecticut
  • Los Angeles
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Washington DC

This means that passengers flying to the U.S. can clear not only U.S. immigration, but also full U.S. customs and agriculture controls. The benefit of this is that after landing, passengers simply collect their baggage at their U.S. arrival airport.

London Southend AirportLondon Southend Airport passengers can connect to Aer Lingus transatlantic services and complete US pre-clearance in Dublin Airport, ahead of their onward journey to the US and Canada when booking direct with Aer Lingus or with a travel agent. 

“With up to three daily services to Dublin, this route offers frequency, optimum schedules and an efficient, convenient and effortless connection to US destinations for our business and leisure passengers. We are constantly reviewing our services and looking at ways to enhance our offering. Connectivity is always key for our customers and this service we’re offering together with Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport reflects this.”


Glyn Jones, CEO, London Southend Airport

The pre-clearance facility, operated by U.S. personnel, is located on the ground floor level of Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport.

To find out more about Dublin Airport’s pre-clearance services see here.

About London Southend Airport

London Southend AirportLondon Southend Airport is one the UK’s fastest-growing regional airports, ranked Best London airport 2017 by Which? for the fifth year in a row. They serve almost one million business and leisure passengers every year, reaching destinations across the UK and Europe.

According to data supplied by aviation analysts OAG, Southend is scheduled to welcome up to 977,204 departing passengers in 2018. That’s a 37.1 per cent increase on last year’s figure of 712,842. And this could grow further as some airlines have not yet finalised their winter schedules, which begin in December.

Built on the Essex coast, they are close to mainland Europe, but outside the increasingly congested airspace over London. Free from overcrowding on the ground and in the air. Fast road and rail links make it easy for business travellers and freight operators to reach the airport or save time on their onward journeys to London or regional destinations. Location advantages include:

  • 40 miles by road from central London.
  • 5 miles from A127 trunk road to London and national motorway network.
  • 20 miles by road from major new London Gateway Port.
  • 30 miles by road from Port of Tilbury.
  • 35 miles from the major business centre of Canary Wharf, London.
  • New rail station on site just 50 minutes from London Liverpool Street.
  • Frequent fast train services to Stratford International Station, adjacent to the London 2012 Olympic Village.

London Southend Airport has a target of reaching 2 million passengers by 2020.  They are also committed to making the airport easy to get to and easy to use, with plans in place for improved road access to our expanding airport – a dynamic hub at the heart of a thriving community.

Find out more about London Southend Airport here.

To find out more about Aer Lingus see here.

Robert Edge
Robert Edge

Inward Investment Manager (UK Multimodal Gateway:Essex)

+44 (0) 7740 179497


Following a ten year career with a major Colchester freight forwarder shipping everything from confectionery to oxygen plants, Robert has spent almost 15 years in inward investment promotion. Having had experience in China, India and the Middle East, Robert leads on the logistics and renewables sector.