London Southend Airport bolsters business development department

posted on 27th October 2023 by Eddie Saunders
London Southend Airport bolsters business development department

London Southend Airport is further strengthening its business development function with a new member of the team as the facility continues its path to recovery.

Marc Watkins, with more than 25 years industry experience, joins the airport as Route Development Manager, having started his career with the route development team at Birmingham Airport, as well as spells in similar roles at Coventry and Cardiff airports.

In addition to his route development knowledge, his experience in account management, PR and marketing will also bolster the existing resource in these key departments.

His expertise in developing new air services will be critical in returning London Southend passenger volumes back to and beyond the two million passengers it handled pre-Covid.

Nigel Mayes, Business Development Director of London Southend Airport said: “This new appointment is critical to the airport’s continued recovery as we continue to see further development from our existing partners -easyJet and Balkan Holidays – along with the job of attracting new airlines.

“Marc’s broad range of commercial skills will help to ensure the successful development of London Southend Airport now and in the future.”

Marc Watkins, Route Development Manager at London Southend Airport added: “I’m delighted to have joined the fantastic team at London Southend Airport and am excited to contribute to the airport’s continued traffic recovery.

“I’m enthusiastic about having the opportunity to promote the only airport with any tangible spare capacity in what remains the world’s biggest aviation market.

“My job will be made that much easier by having a fast trainline taking passengers straight into the heart of London – in only 52 minutes – just 100 steps from the terminal doors.”