Preparing for check in

All you need to know about when to arrive and where to go

We’ve made it quick and easy to check in at London Southend Airport. Whether you check in online or in person, we won’t keep you hanging around.

Check-in with ease

Our dedicated check-in area has ten desks to help whisk you to your destination in no time. To find the right desk, just look for the airline logo on the screen above the desk. To save time at check-in, it helps to have your tickets or booking confirmation and passport ready.

When it comes to packing hand luggage, please try to make sure your bag only contains your valuables and things you’ll need during your journey.

If you’ve checked in online and only have hand luggage, it’s even easier. Just head straight for security, via the escalator adjacent to check-in. From there, it’s just a short walk along the balcony.

When to arrive at the airport? Our advice is to arrive at least two hours before your scheduled time of departure

Also, before you fly check your ticket or booking confirmation for your airline’s check-in advice. If you need to check-in in person, or if you’ve got bags to drop off, it’s a good idea to arrive at least two hours before your departure time.

Depending on the airline you’re flying with, check in normally closes between 30 and 40 minutes before departure, so please arrive in plenty of time. Boarding normally begins around 40 minutes before departure.

To get the most from your time with us at London Southend Airport, it’s best to head straight to security and into the departure lounge as soon as you’ve checked in or dropped-off your bags.

Check-in online

As each airline has its own approach to online check-in, it’s best to check with them in advance to find out what you need to do.


Ryanair’s online check-in opens 30 days or 48 hours before your scheduled departure time (dependant on what you have paid for), and closes two hours before your flight. Ryanair operates a 100% online check-in system and checking in at the airport will incur a cost, so please remember to print your boarding cards before you arrive at the airport.

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Wizz offers free online check-in options and is available from 30 days up to 3 hours before the scheduled departure time if you have purhcased a set during our booking. In case you have not purhcased any seats with your booking, check-in will become available only 48 hours before departure.

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Check in can be done via a number of ways either online, via SMS, on the Widerøe app or at the airport. Check in starts 48 hours before departure and closes 12 hours prior to the time of departure.

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Hold Luggage banned items

Passengers need to make sure that all mobile phones, laptops, spare batteries, power banks and e-cigarettes inc vaporisers are NOT packed in hold luggage. Items must be carried in hand luggage or on your person. Further information.


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