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Travel students welcomed to London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport takes local travel and tourism college students, from USP, behind the scenes into the heart of the operation. Students completing both level 2 and 3 of their Travel and Tourism course attended this educational event offering a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes and speak to airport staff. 

The tour began with students checking in with their ticket to ‘Amsterdam’. The realistic passenger experience then took them through central search where they experienced the new CTiX lane technology and covered the importance of vital airport security responsibilities. 

The students then went onto departures to see first-hand the new, enhanced hold baggage system. 

Leanne Dubovie, Travel and Tourism Teacher, “The students had a fantastic day, it was an amazing opportunity for them to see a range of roles and responsibilities within an airport whilst getting hands on with some of the enhanced technology that will reduce passenger processing time. The students felt inspired, huge thanks to London Southend Airport and their dedicated team”.

The USP course is ideal for students seeking employment within the Travel and Tourism industry. It covers a range of areas within the industry from the importance of Customer Service, to learning about destinations around the world and how customers are affected by travelling across different time zones. 

Glyn Jones, CEO London Southend Airport, “We were pleased to welcome local students to the terminal to support their education, adding valid, direct experience of an airport operation. The students demonstrated a good understanding and enthusiasm for the areas covered. We hope this generates promise of return in the future, launching their aviation careers at London Southend”.

The Travel & Tourism sector is a thriving and dynamic global marketplace with a wide range of exciting career opportunities. Whilst the pandemic caused some unprecedented challenges, work continued, from investments into new security equipment to new safety measures and refreshed training, every day is different and with such a range of roles available, there is something for everyone’s interests.

With an expected boost to demand this summer London Southend is employing roles across a range of areas, from security to accounts, air traffic control to food & beverage staff. To find out about career opportunities at London Southend Airport, visit our careers portal.

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.