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Flights cap at developing airport

Southend Airport
Transport company Eddie Stobart now controls Southend Airport

New controls on flights at an airport under development in Essex have been agreed by its owner and local councils.

A new runway and transport links are being developed at Southend Airport by the Eddie Stobart transport group.

Proposed night flights have been cut from 900 to 120 a month after agreement with Southend and Rochford councils.

Maximum yearly flights are capped at 53,000 and the definition of night-time for flights will be from 2300 to 0630 BST or GMT.

Talks are also under way with a number of airlines to investigate new passenger services when the airport becomes fully operational.

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