easyJet terminates flights from Southend to Edinburgh and Newquay

UK-based budget airline, EasyJet, has scrapped flights to Edinburgh and Newquay from London Southend Airport, Echo News has reported.

The airline is also cutting back on its trips to Jersey and will now only operate four a week. The move follows easyJet’s announcement in August that it will scrap flights to Belfast, on January 5.

The airline and the airport did not reveal the reasons behind the route closures.

In its statement, easyJet said: ‘Southend continues to be a successful base for easyJet and we will continue to focus the flying schedule there on the routes with the greatest demand.’

David Lister, airport operations director, said: ‘Since easyJet opened its base here in March 2012, it has enjoyed huge success with some of the highest customer satisfaction levels across its European network recorded here.

‘This summer they added an additional aircraft to the base and have consistently expanded the number of destinations on offer from Southend. We look forward to continuing and growing this relationship.’

Flights to the Scottish capital have been running since May. The inaugural flight to Edinburgh was on May 2, 2013, with year round flights running six days a week, every day except Saturday, with fares from as little as £27.49 one way, including taxes. The Newquay route was launched in June this year and carried almost 8,000 passengers in the summer.

An easyJet spokesman said: ‘The last Edinburgh flight from Southend is on June 14. About 5 per cent of our passengers flying in and out of Southend in 2013 used the Edinburgh services.’

In October, easyJet’s UK commercial manager, Hugh Aitken, said that an extra flight would be added in August 2014.

easyjet operates 25 flights to Edinburgh from other London airports. It has also recently started flying from Southend to Tenerife.

 

easyJet launches new service from London Southend to Tenerife

easyJet, a UK-based airline, has celebrated the launch of its newest service from London Southend Airport to Tenerife, the largest of the seven Canary Islands.

As part of the celebrations, ‘The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE)’ star, Pascal Craymer, donned her beachwear to enjoy the beach scene, specially created in front of the terminal at London Southend Airport.

The new twice weekly service to the warm beaches of the Canary Island will take off for the first time today.

Said to be an ideal destination for sun seekers, the Canary Islands have a uniquely steady climate with almost constant sunshine, minimal rainfall, volcanic origins and an average year-round temperature of 22 degrees. Over 11,000 passengers are expected to benefit from the new 4-hour easyJet flights from Southend, which depart each Tuesday and Friday. The flights are available for booking with fares available from as little as £33.49 one way, including taxes.

Hugh Aitken, easyJet’s UK commercial manager said: ‘We’re thrilled to be launching easyJet’s 16th destination from London Southend to the sunshine island of Tenerife today. It’s the perfect choice for winter sun seekers from Southend and beyond and we’re sure our new easy and affordable services will be very popular.’

Model and trainee stuntwoman, Pascal, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be here at London Southend Airport launching flights to Tenerife. It’s great to have a fantastic, fast and friendly airport right here on our doorstep, all my friends and family use it and love it – the only way to fly is easyJet from London Southend!’

London Southend Airport operations director, David Lister, who joined Pascal on the beach, said: ‘We are delighted to add easyJet’s new services to Tenerife to the destinations we offer here at London Southend Airport and are sure it is going to prove hugely popular – it is undoubtedly one of those our customers have been asking for. It’s great that we’re now able to give people in Essex and beyond the chance to go and top up their tans through these colder months.’

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.’

Southend operation proves popular for easyjet

Easyjet, the UK-based budget airline with its headquarters at Luton Airport in Bedfordshire, has seen positive results from its first year of operations out of Southend Airport in Essex.

The airline flew 700,000 passengers from its Southend operation last year, and has developed 15 routes with more being planned. Edinburgh, Scotland, will be added to schedules from May, with Berlin in Germany, Krakow in Poland and Newquay in the southwest of England being added in June.

Hugh Aitken, UK commercial manager for easyjet, commented, ‘We’re fully committed to London Southend airport and have demonstrated this by investing heavily in new destinations. We’re keen to continue adding more varied routes to our schedule and over the coming weeks we’ll see inaugural flights to Edinburgh, Berlin, Krakow and Newquay take off. Ultimately our long-term aim at London Southend airport is simple; to expand our network, bring more competition and lower fares as well as opening up new markets to both our leisure and business travellers.’

Alastair Welch, Southend Airport’s managing director, added: ‘We think our unique promises to passengers – that they should wait no more than four minutes to go through security and that, on arrival with hand baggage, they are on the rail station platform within 15 minutes of leaving the aircraft – is what is driving more and more passengers to choose London’s newest airport. That is why we are currently extending the terminal to ensure that we continue to deliver these high standards of customer service as the airport grows.’

easyJet Offers Service to Newquay from London Southend Airport

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.’

Aer Lingus Regional to Terminate Flights from Waterford in Ireland

Aer Lingus Regional, a service operated by Irish regional airline, Aer Arann, under a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus, an Ireland-based airline, is set to withdraw its base at Waterford Airport in Ireland, from 2013.

The airline will be terminating its routes from Waterford Airport to Manchester, London Luton and London Southend airports in England, from New Year 2013.

The airline chief executive officer, Graham Doyle, said, ‘We have been aware of Aer Arann’s difficulties since before their examinership in 2010 and continued to work with them through these challenges. Regrettably, however, the airline has limited its capacity on the Waterford routes. This has been due to issues elsewhere in their business rather than the market in the Southeast region with a population of almost 500,000.

This has seen services reduced on the consistently high-performing London Luton route in favour of Southend Airport, whose owners are now also Aer Arann’s largest shareholder. The Southend route performed poorly by comparison so that even a major marketing push by Waterford Airport and our partners could not fully mitigate this switch.

It is clearly a blow to have key UK routes withdrawn in these particular circumstances and is especially disappointing given that the Aer Lingus Regional brand was only introduced at Waterford as recently as late March of this year – just over seven months ago.

We were delighted to be working with the Aer Lingus brand but our understanding is that the decision arises from the sale of an aircraft by Aer Arann that necessitates them further cutting their route network.’

London Southend Airport Announces Terminal Expansion

London Southend Airport, an airport in the UK, has announced that it is in the process of expanding the terminal.

The expansion will include a new arrivals facility, which is expected to be complete by May 2013. The construction of all phases of the development is likely to be completed by the end of 2013.

The extension of the airport terminal, which will cost GBP10 million, means that passengers will have a maximum wait time of four-minutes for security check, and a 15 minutes transit time from aircraft to train for passengers that only have hand luggage, as the airport is located almost next to a railway station. The new extension will add 90 metres to the existing terminal building.

The expansion will also include a greater number of check-in desks and baggage drop off points, an increase in the size of the departure lounge, improved baggage reclaim facilities and a larger immigration area. The airport will also be offering more retail and catering facilities to passengers.

The project is expected to add around 300 new jobs to the economy, from additional operations at the terminal.

The managing director of the airport, Alastair Welch, said, ‘Our aim is to ensure that we deliver a very special level of customer service in Southend and this extension will allow us to ensure we can continue to deliver those high standards as the airport grows.

This is also further evidence of the role the redeveloped airport is playing in supporting the regeneration of the wider Essex economy.’

 

London Southend Airport Announces Terminal Extension

London Southend Airport has acquired permission for an extension of its terminal building from Rochford Council, the local authority.

 

Phase 1 of the terminal has been operational since February 28, 2012, and the new extension is expected to offer more passenger facilities as the airport grows towards handling around two million passengers a year by 2020.

 

Easyjet, a UK-based airline, is currently operating out of the newly opened terminal building with three A319 aircraft, providing 70 flights per week to different European destinations, including Barcelona (Spain), Faro (Portugal) and Ibiza (Spain).

 

The airport managing director, Alastair Welch, said, ‘We are very pleased that Rochford Council has indicated they support this extension, which will ensure that we are able to maintain the high levels of customer service we intend to be the hallmark of London Southend Airport as our passenger numbers grow. This is also further evidence of the role the redeveloped airport is playing in supporting the regeneration of the wider economy.’

 

The terminal expansion will include a greater number of check-in desks and baggage drop off points, as well as number of security screening channels, baggage reclaim facilities, and a bigger immigration area at the Arrivals Lounge. The Departure Lounge will be extended to provide a more comfortable ambience for passengers waiting to board after clearing security. The expanded terminal building will also be hosting a number of retail and catering facilities.

 

The airport is connected to London’s Liverpool Street and Stratford railway stations, with a frequent rail service, making it an attractive option for visitors to the 2012 Olympic Games.