Easyjet has announced plans to operate three A319 planes out of London Southend Airport from April 2012. The planes will fly to ten European destinations including Ibiza and Barcelona. The airport has benefited recently from a new rail link from London’s Liverpool Street station and Canary Wharf, and is also opening a brand new multi-million pound terminal towards the end of this year.
The addition of Easyjet to Southend Airport’s carriers will bring 150 new jobs to the area, and combined with the opening of the new terminal, it is expected that up to 800,000 passengers will use the airport in the first year alone.
Sounthend Airport’s management announced that the move could be “transformational” for the Thames Gateway area and that support in the community for the plans was extremely strong. Customer and revenue director at Easyjet, Catherine Lynne said: ‘We are excited to be opening Southend. The airport is in a fantastic location just outside London with a fast rail link into the city.’
‘Through offering easy and affordable travel, we expect the new routes to appeal to customers in Essex and London looking for a convenient new departure point for many top European destinations. We also believe that the European city links will also attract a high number of inbound business and leisure passengers to London next year.’
It is thought that this move could help to alleviate the stresses and strains many travellers face when having to use the much busier large London airports such as Stansted, and that it would bring the benefits of a small regional airport to passengers.