Royal Dutch airline KLM could be expanding to Southend Airport with several business flights a day, it has been revealed.
The news of an international airline being interested in coming to Southend is a boost for the airport's regeneration proposals.
Originally, a planned new railway station and terminal building were scheduled to be in place by 2000 and now the aim is for 2012 to tie in with the London Olympics.
Southend Business and Tourism Partnership is being asked to back the idea.
The airport's operators have been working with Tony Le Masurier, former general manager of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in the UK, who now runs his own commercial consultancy, TLM Consulting.
In a letter to partnership members, Mr Le Masurier said: "The object is to establish an operation which will serve the main European and intercontinental destinations through a feeder service several times a day from Southend to a European city.
"Although several European cities would be suitable, the best option is undoubtedly Amsterdam, from where all the world's main business centres are accessible on a daily basis."
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