2 OCTOBER 2017
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Sixteen direct flights a week to and from Glasgow are being launched by Southend on 29 October as the airport stepped in to promote domestic services and what it called its own convenient facilities for passengers.
The airport also confirmed it would begin flights between Southend and Manchester and Dublin after Ryanair announced its intention to suspend some of its winter flights, including those serving domestic routes.
Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation, which owns Southend airport, said services were due to be flown on the new fleet of Flybe jet aircraft and offer passengers “a better way to travel to London by avoiding the bigger, more congested airports”.
“While other airlines shrink the domestic route network, London Southend believes that it is of prime importance to connect these major cities,” he added. “We are delighted to start flying these routes and to be offering these daily flights.
Jones said with London airport capacity feeling significant strain, Southend offered a genuinely better alternative. “We are a faster and easier airport, which is particularly suited to offer domestic connectivity where time is of the essence for passengers.”
Facilities at the airport includes a rail station 5min from the terminal with trains connecting to London in 45min.
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Paul Kay, London
....Pass this message onto Glyn, CEO Stobart Aviation if you would...... Why not also utilise one of the other lesser known airports that you own in the UK,namely Carlisle Lake District Airport,for London-Lake District Summer flights (Your Aer Lingus Prop's) and also market that border area to commercial entities in the London & SE etc as a place which they could generally do business cheaper (Base/Manuf.etc). Then of course we could all forgo the long London-Border Area train journey....more time in the Lake District for everyone ! Keep on Trucking Stobart...and don't forget Enniskillen Airport NI, ideal for Summer tourism and the NI Lakes there... Get those ex-Aer Arran props going!!