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Nov 2018: Santa Flights to take off from London Southend Airport again: Tickets on sale now

Father Christmas is once again swapping his sleigh and reindeer for an easyJet plane on Saturday 1 December to raise cash for Essex charities and good causes whilst delivering an enchanting festive experience in the skies for local children. The hugely popular Santa Flights are back at London Southend Airport for 2018, and tickets are on sale now. Santa will be at the controls, with his cheeky band of elves as the cabin crew to look after and entertain everyone with carol singing and games, during the two 45-minute flights.

Before boarding the flight, the Christmas experience also includes a visit to Winter Wonderland for a delicious festive themed buffet, a chance to write a letter to Father Christmas and post it in a special Santa post-box and a fun-packed family show by leading Essex entertainer Nicky Trix including magic, illusions, comedy and ventriloquism. The Cliffs Pavilion team will also be on hand giving out Aladdin themed gift bags - watch out for the magic carpet?! All this plus a surprise gift (kindly donated by PMS International Toys in Basildon), snowmen and a Christmas choir.

Glyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend Airport says: “The festive Santa Flights are a truly magical day out for the children and their families, so we are delighted to be able to provide them again, whilst also raising much-needed funds for fantastic local charities and good causes. In 2017 we were able to donate more than £10,000 and we are very much hoping to top that figure this year.”

Santa Flight tickets cost £75 per person (infants under 2 fly free if seated with an adult). There are two separate 45 min flights taking place on Saturday 1 December – check-in at 12.00 for a 15:00 departure (finishing at 16.00) or check-in at 14.00 arrival for a 17:00 departure finishing at 18.00).

For full information on how to apply for tickets for the Santa Flights and the all-important Terms & Conditions, please visit our website  

London Southend Airport would like to say a huge thank you all its sponsors who have made the 2018 Santa Flights possible – easyjet, PMS International, TRG, The Cliffs Pavilion, Arriva Buses and Rochford Rotary Club – plus the many airport staff who help organise the event.

Thur 26 July: easyJet has launched its first flight from London Southend Airport to Bordeaux in South West France.

The route is the first of four to launch this summer and will be supported by the arrival of a new aircraft – its 4th - at the Essex airport.

Operating three times a week, easyJet expects to carry more than 30,000 passengers on the new Bordeaux route operating on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

easyJet is also set to launch new routes from London Southend to summer holiday favourites Prague, Pula and Dubrovnik helping to ensure the airline will carry over one million annual passengers to and from the airport for the first time this year, with a 25% rise in passenger numbers.

Mon 23 July: Adria Airways to launch new Paderborn service from London Southend

People will soon be able to fly from London Southend Airport to Paderborn-Lippstadt in Germany, home to the world’s largest computer museum.  Adria Airways announced it would open a new base in Paderborn, offering an initial three flights per week from London Southend starting with the upcoming Winter season 2018/2019. Tickets are on sale now at www./

Paderborn is located in the heart of Germany and is a significant software hub, making it an attractive destination for the fast-growing tech community in the South East. International giants such as Siemens, Wincor Nixdorf and Flextronics operate in Paderborn, which has also seen a wave of IT company startups since the 1980’s. It now boasts one of the highest concentrations of specialist IT companies in Germany and hundreds of software firms.

Visitors to Paderborn can also enjoy the culture of this historic town. Founded by Charlemagne, it dates back more than a thousand years and has an incredible 13th century Cathedral. From 23rd July, Paderborn also hosts a nine-day festival, Libori, which combines solemn religious ceremony with a beer fountain with locals pouring kegs in to the water supply and culminates in an incredible fireworks display.

Mon 11 March: New route to Bulgaria takes off from London Southend Airport

Tickets have gone on sale for a new, twice weekly easyJet route to Sofia from London Southend Airport.

Flights to the Bulgarian capital city – at 7,000 years, one of the oldest in Europe – will take off every Sunday and Wednesday starting from 16 December 2018 (and running through until 20 March 2019).

Prices starts from £24.68 per person (one way, including taxes and based on two people on the same booking) and can be booked now at

Bulgaria's laid-back capital is often overlooked by visitors heading straight to the Black Sea coast or the ski resorts, but they're missing something special. Having played host to Romans, Byzantines, Bulgars, Turks and Communists over the years, Sofia has a rich cultural heritage. From grand Russian-style Neo-classical boulevards and Ottoman mosques to 4th century Byzantine basilicas and huge onion-domed cathedrals, Sofia is a culture lover’s paradise -there’s all you could wish for in terms of museums and galleries, with some of the most impressive historic collections in Eastern Europe.  

Since the fall of communism, Sofia has seen a whole host of smart new hotels, shopping centres, nightclubs and bars that will keep you going until the early hours. And what’s more, after a night out in Sofia, you’ll still have change in your pocket. But Sofia is also a city with a distinctly laid back vibe where the locals like to spend their time sipping coffees in the many open-air cafes, or strolling through the city’s beautiful parks.

Summer months are all about lazing by the nearby Pancharevo Lake with its warm mineral springs, while in winter the slopes of Vitosha attract the ski set. One of the newer members of the city break brigade, Sofia is a holiday destination that is definitely here to stay. 

Monday 12 March:  Carlisle Lake District Airport unveils airline partner

Travellers can look forward to flights connecting Carlisle and the Lake District with the South East of England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland from June 4, with Carlisle Lake District Airport (CLDA) unveiling Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, as its airline partner today.  Loganair will operate eight flights per-day across the working week and a total of 12 at weekends, connecting Cumbria and the Lake District, which receives 45 million visitors per year, to London Southend Airport, Belfast City Airport and Dublin Airport.

The routes will go on sale from Monday 12 March, with all services commencing on 4 June when CLDA plans to launch commercial and business passenger flights for the first time since 1993. Tickets are available via

The route to Dublin also offers additional connectivity ease to travellers as they will be able to clear US immigration checks in the comfort of Dublin Airport at Terminal 2 – meaning they will land State side as a hassle free domestic passenger.

20 Feb 2018: London Southend Airport boosts passenger choice with 3 new routes to the Mediterranean

London Southend Airport has today launched three new Mediterranean routes – Malta, Sardinia, and Sicily – providing even more choice for passengers this summer.

From May 4, Air Malta will be operating three direct flights a week to the beautiful island of Malta, of which Valletta is the 2018 European Capital of Culture. The airline will also be putting on direct flights two times a week to Catania, Sicily, and twice a week to Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia.  Air Malta is the latest airline to choose London’s best ranked airport for customer service. Flybe, operated by Stobart Air, and easyJet, already cover 34 popular domestic and European destinations including Amsterdam, Groningen, Prague, Budapest, Cologne, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Ibiza.

Tickets are on sale now at, with prices starting from £35 to the three new destinations.

2017 Flight News Items


easyJet launches four new services (12/12/17)

36,000 seats on sale to the new routes from today.  easyJet, the UK’s leading airline, has today announced it will operate four new routes to Bordeaux, Prague, and Dubrovnik and Pula in Croatia from London Southend Airport in 2018.

Bordeaux will start on 25th July 2018 and operates three times a week.

Prague starts on 27 July 2018 and will be twice weekly.

The two Croatian summer favourites Dubrovnik (starts 28 July 2018) and Pula (starts 27 July 2018) will also operate twice weekly.

Tickets are on sale now at  

Southend to Dublin to USA  (24/10/17)

London-Southend announces connecting flights to 11 North American cities via Dublin

 Connecting flights with Aer Lingus to include New York, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami

 London Southend passengers can take advantage of US pre-clearance service in Dublin Airport

 Service will save passengers up to two hours on arrival in US

 Ireland is the only country in Europe to offer pre-clearance to US destinations

 London Southend Airport to Dublin service will operate up to three flights per day, starting 29 October 2017

One-way fares from London Southend to North America start from £199 including taxes and charges. Book now at  

 London Southend to JFK New York from £199  London Southend to Newark, New Jersey from £199  London Southend to Boston from £199  London Southend to Hartford from £239  London Southend to Chicago from £199  London Southend to Orlando from £209

 London Southend to San Francisco from £239  London Southend to Los Angeles from £229  London Southend to Washington from £199

 London Southend to Toronto from £199

All fares listed are each-way, when booked as a return trip, including taxes and charges. Visit for further information.

New route to Belgium’s biggest port, Antwerp (18/10/17)

London Southend Airport,  has announced a new route to Antwerp, Belgium and a massive 80% increase in the number of flights for its summer 2018 schedule. The new Antwerp service, on a 70-seater ATR72-600 series aircraft, will be operated by Stobart Air through its franchise partnership with Flybe from next summer. It will fly four times per week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday.

London Southend Airport has also published its summer 2018 schedule for Stobart Air/Flybe, boasting up to 230 flights a week - a massive 80% increase from this year (2017).  The schedule, which runs from 17 June 2018 to 9 September 2018, heralds the return of popular Croatian sun destinations, Dubrovnik and Zadar. A total of 15 routes will be operated with extra seats to European cities such as Budapest, Cologne, Vienna and Prague. Daily flights are also on offer to Prague. French destinations including Rennes, Caen and Lyon and will have an additional 15,500 seats.  Stobart Air, through its franchise partnership with Flybe, has brought in an additional aircraft making a total of five based at the airport. The news comes just after easyJet announced that it will also be basing a fourth A320 aircraft at London Southend Airport from 25 July 2018.

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