London Southend airport lands more Thomson, First Choice flights

Thomson, First Choice, a brand name of Crawley, UK-based Tui Travel, is to add more flights to its schedules for 2014.

The company intends to increase its services from Southend by 300 percent in the next 12 months, compared to its current schedules. The new flights will include a second weekly service to Palma, Majorca, and the opening up of a new destination for the company, Ibiza. The use of local airports to facilitate customer convenience has driven the decision. The additional weekly flight to Majorca will also allow the company’s package holiday clients to have a greater degree of choice over the duration of their holiday, to include 10 and 11-night stays instead of just 14.

Thomson and First Choice airport negotiations manager, Paul Cooper, commented on the company’s expansion at London Southend, saying, ‘Adding these routes from London Southend Airport demonstrates our commitment to the East of England and following the success of similar routes across a number of regional airports, we know that the demand is there and we know customers are keen to fly from their local airport. Expanding access to our portfolio of destinations and hotels is a key part of our overall strategy and we hope that this move will enhance the holiday experience for our customers.’

The additions to the Thomson, First Choice schedule were announced as London Southend airport prepares to open its new Arrivals area by the 17th of this month. This is the second stage of redevelopment at the terminal, with the first stage having opened a year ago.

Alastair Welch, the MD of London Southend Airport, commented, ‘We are very pleased that Thomson and First Choice have taken the decision to expand the services they offer from London Southend so soon and we hope this will allow even more of their passengers to experience our new and expanding facilities over the next year.’

London Southend Airport Acknowledged by IATA

London Southend Airport, an airport in the UK, has been included in the classification airports for the Metropolitan Area of London by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

This makes the airport an official airport for the City of London. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has previously acknowledged the airport as an official London airport, but this latest recognition will now mean that it is automatically included, along with Gatwick, Heathrow, City, Stansted and Luton.

The managing director of London Southend airport, Alastair Welch, said, ‘By offering London Southend alongside all the other London airports – especially at this key time when so many new customers are exploring ways of travelling to London for the Olympics – gives us further chances to demonstrate the great customer service and big benefits we can offer people over and above the other London airports, not only this summer, but also beyond.

We look forward to even more people discovering our new light and airy terminal building less than 100 paces from our brand new railway station with up to 8 trains per hour into the heart of London.

Passengers flying out from London Southend will wait for a maximum of four-minutes for security, whilst those arriving with just hand luggage can expect to travel from plane to train within 15 minutes of their aircraft doors opening (30 minutes if collecting luggage).

London Southend Airport is all about simplicity, speed and service – and even more people will get the option to experience it now.’