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London Southend to reopen The Navigator pub and SKYLIFE Lounge from May

 London Southend has today confirmed it will be reopening its popular airport pub from May.

The Navigator, which has remained closed for several years following the Covid-19 pandemic, will open its airside doors for passengers in tandem with the start of the award-winning airport’s summer flying schedule.

The launch will feature a brand-new summer menu, focusing on pub classics and local heritage, in a comfortable yet contemporary environment to the rear of the Departures terminal.

The eatery will be open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoons from up to three hours before a scheduled departure time.

A spokesperson for London Southend Airport said: “We’re thrilled to be reopening The Navigator this summer; it’s a welcome development for both staff and passengers alike at London Southend, some of whom will remember its resounding popularity prior to the pandemic.

“More importantly, it has allowed us to create more than twelve job opportunities across our customer service teams, underscoring our commitment to growth as a major employer within the community. We look forward to seeing our team grow as we embark on this new phase of our pathway towards recovery.”

SKYLIFE Lounge, currently managed as a temporary pop-up facility within The Pilot Bar, will also resume operation in its dedicated location away from the bustle of the main Departures area and its opening hours will coincide with The Navigator pub. 

SKYLIFE Lounge @ The Pilot Bar will continue to provide a luxury service within a private section of the bar every morning, and for afternoon flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The phased reopening is aligned with the airport’s current flight schedule, with more detail available on the airport website.

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About London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport, ranked the best London airport by consumer group Which? six times and voted the best UK airport (under three million capacity) by the Airport Operator’s Association in 2019. 

Serving close to 2.3 million passengers in 2019, London Southend offered services to around 40 domestic and European cities. The terminal has its own railway station, less than 100 paces from the main entrance, with up to six trains an hour at peak times to central London, taking just 52 minutes to Liverpool Street and 43 minutes from Stratford. All airport car parks are located minutes from the terminal entrance.