easyjet announces relaunch of route to Alicante from London Southend Airport

Flights and package holidays to the popular Costa Blanca hotspot will now be available for customers flying from London Southend. The route is set to resume operation from October 29, 2023, with flights scheduled twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights for this route are available for booking on the easyJet website and mobile app, with fares starting from £22.99.

This new addition makes Alicante the seventh destination served by easyJet from London Southend.

Alicante, often referred to as the ‘City of the Sun,’ boasts an impressive 349 hours of sun on average each month, making it one of the sunniest cities in Europe. This makes it an attractive year-round destination for travellers. The city offers a mix of experiences, from exploring the historic old town with its narrow streets to enjoying its vibrant nightlife, restaurants, and the sunny Mediterranean coastline.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are really pleased to be announcing another route from London Southend to Alicante today, providing our customers in the South East with even more choice to visit one of Europe’s best-loved beach destinations that we know will prove popular throughout the year. With flights and package holidays on sale today, now is a great time to book early to get the best fares and we can’t wait to welcome more customers on board from this winter.’

John Upton, London Southend Airport CEO, said: ‘We are excited, delighted and extremely proud to be able to deliver flights to Alicante for our passengers this winter; restarting our most profitable and popular route from 29th October , and opening the door for passengers in Essex, east London and southeast of England to explore yet another area of Spain with our airline partner, easyJet. I look forward to welcoming friends and families back to London Southend as we celebrate this milestone in the coming weeks with the return of their favourite destination.’

The relaunched route to Alicante is offered as part of easyJet holidays. Packages for this route start at £375 per person and include flights, hotel accommodations, and 23kg of luggage allowance.

Vueling resumes flights to Spain from Wales

Vueling Airlines, a part of International Airlines Group (IAG), has said that it has re-started its services from Cardiff Airport for the summer 2020 season.

The Spanish airline operated its first flight to Alicante on July 16, with passengers setting off for a holiday to Costa Blanca. Customers can fly to Alicante once per week – on Thursday in July, and up to twice a week – on Monday and Thursday – throughout August.

Vueling will also be re-commencing direct services to Malaga from August 1, with 3 weekly flights every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Located on the Costa del Sol, with several resorts to choose from, Malaga offers beach-lovers the perfect summer escape with its sun-drenched coast and vibrant atmosphere.

From August 3, Vueling will resume flights to Palma de Mallorca, with two weekly flights every Monday and Thursday operated on an Airbus A321 aircraft with capacity for 220 passengers.

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘Vueling has provided our customers with regular flights to popular Spanish destinations for over 8 years, and it’s fantastic that the airline is re-starting their Cardiff flights following lockdown.

‘Celebrating the one million passenger milestone with Vueling last summer was testament to the airline’s success in the region, and we are pleased it continues to serve our customers looking to jet off to some sun, or to visit their friends and family in Spain. Furthermore, the larger aircraft used to operate the Palma de Mallorca route shows demand in Wales remains high as customers look to travel internationally once again.’

Cardiff Airport has introduced new safety measures across the Airport to help passengers travel safely and with confidence. New measures include enhanced cleaning, more hand sanitizer points, Perspex screens, asking customers to wear three-layer, non-medical face coverings, and installing clear signage and guidance throughout the terminal to ensure social distancing.

Vueling has recently announced its summer operations in Europe for the months of July and August, with a total of 240 routes and over 2,800 flights to be operated weekly. Flights are on sale now at vueling.com/en, via Vueling’s mobile app, on m.vueling.com mobile web or via local travel agents, it said.

Perfect Spanish destinations for a late summer getaway

We may have less to complain about this summer compared to previous years with all the sun we’re getting. However, with the autumn fast approaching now is the perfect time to plan your late summer getaway and make the sunshine last even longer.

By hitting the beach in September or even October you can store up those vitamin D reserves and top up your tan long enough to last you all winter – but where to go?


Thanks to its extensive coastline and great resorts Andalucía is a favourite destination of many holidaymakers for their summer break. The beautiful beaches and vibrant cities make it the perfect choice for late summer family villa holidays.

And with October temperatures still around 25 degrees C and an average of 7 hours of sunshine per day, you’ll be able to get the holiday hit you’re looking for. What’s more, with the main holiday season over, you’ll be able to enjoy the historic towns and hidden coves all to yourself.


Founded by the Calipha of Cordoba in 955 AD, Almeria, in the north of Andalucía, is steeped in history and dotted with many important and fascinating historical sights. So there’s plenty to see and do if you have the odd day of autumnal weather.

However, as Almeria is one of the driest places on the continent – in fact it is home to Europe’s only desert – the chances of rain are fairly slim. As with other areas of Spain, villas are available to rent throughout the district, offering a range of beach and country locations.

As Almeria is one of the best places in Spain for outdoor pursuits, the cooler temperatures of the late summer and early autumn are the perfect time to visit the region and get stuck in to some of the activities it has to offer.

Costa Blanca

Just to the north of Andalucía you’ll find the Costa Blanca with its miles of sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters. This is the perfect destination for those looking to rest and recuperate after a hectic summer and offers plenty of opportunities for relaxing, shopping and generally enjoying the slow-paced Spanish way of life.

With the holiday crowds dispersing and the temperature beginning to cool, late summer is the perfect time for a holiday and there are few better autumn destinations than Spain. So why not book yourself a week away and put winter off a little longer. You know you want to!