easyJet, a UK based airline, has announced a new route from London Southend Airport in the UK.
The airline will be flying to Newquay from Southend Airport commencing June 20, 2013. Seats are currently on sale for the three-times-weekly service.
Hugh Aitken, the easyJet UK commercial manager said, ‘We’re thrilled to be announcing this new route from London Southend to Newquay which opens up a fast connection to the English Riviera and its great beaches, restaurants and attractions. The new service makes the South West much more accessible, and certainly a lot faster to reach than the current road or rail alternatives.
With easyJet fares starting from as little as £30.99 per person (including taxes based on two passengers flying on the same booking, we’re bringing an easy and affordable option to passengers from this region who wish to travel to the South West coast.
London Southend Airport is our newest and fastest growing UK base with over 400,000 passengers travelling with easyJet since its opening in March this year. We’re fully committed to delivering services from the airport, which meet the needs of business and leisure travellers alike and sure that this new route will prove very popular.’
Previously the airline has launched new services from London Southend Airport to Krakow (Poland) and Berlin (Germany).
Alastair Welch, the managing director of Southend Airport, said, ‘We are delighted to offer another fantastic easyJet route from London Southend Airport – our very first mainland UK destination.
We are sure Newquay is going to prove popular with Essex travellers for both short breaks and longer staycations – not just for its surfing, but also for the simple and easy access it provides to the much admired Cornish coast. Destinations such as St Ives and the Eden project are now just 60 minutes flight time away, instead of a 6-hour car or 9-hour train journey.’
One of the UK’s top tourism spots could be in the middle of an unwelcome re-branding effort. The town of Newquay, renowned as Britain’s surf capital, is growing increasingly popular with students and recent graduates, particularly those looking for a place to party. The small Cornish resort town has also grown popular with school students at year end as a beach party destination.
While its new popularity certainly pleases some, many locals aren’t so impressed with the town’s new audience. Underage drinking has become fairly common in the town, with a typical night in Newquay revealing drunken tourists, unconscious underage visitors, and an inflow of illegal drug use. Approximately sixty-thousand underage visitors arrived in Newquay throughout July 2010.
It’s a phenomenon that’s causing problems for local residents. The city’s main promenade is home to several major bars and clubs, many of which are located within reach of townhouses and apartments belonging to city residents. While most nights are uneventful and relatively peaceful, during tourist season the noise from bars and nightclubs can routinely continue until 4AM or later.
The prevalence of drunken teens is also a safety concern. Newquay’s cliffs are a hazard, although they are easily avoided by most visitors. Throughout the past twelve months, three teens fell from the city’s cliffs, two of whom died. Parents of those involved in the incidents have blamed simple access to alcohol for the deaths, claiming that the teens wouldn’t be admitted to bars elsewhere.
While the surge in underage drinking is certainly alarming, the town remains one of the UK’s top tourist attractions, and for good reason. With calm summertime weather and some of the country’s best surf beaches, it’s unlikely that Newquay’s reputation for fun will disappear. Residents, however, are hopeful that the town’s fun atmosphere will be met with slightly less reckless abandon.