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New route to Channel Islands on sale

Blue Islands, a Flybe franchise partner, has announced it will launch new daily flights to Guernsey from London Southend Airport, starting from 20 May 2019.  Tickets are on sale now at All ‘Just Fly’ seats are £29.99 one way, when booked by 30 Jan. From 31 Jan onwards fares will be from £29.99 one way.  The new service will be operated on 68-seat Blue Islands ATR 72-500, with flights taking just 75-minutes.

Glyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend Airport said “We are delighted that Flybe franchise partner Blue Islands, has chosen London Southend to provide a new route to Guernsey from our fast growing airport. We have now launched an incredible three new routes in January alone! With our own railway station just 100 paces from the terminal door, up to six trains an hour into London in under an hour and our award-winning customer service, we expect our latest route to the Channel Islands to prove very popular with passengers from London and the South East.”

Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO: “As a Channel Islands based airline, Blue Islands is proud to launch a new daily service from London Southend to Guernsey, making it easier than ever to discover our beautiful island. Equally, the service offers Guernsey residents an effortless way to arrive in London thanks to London Southend’s excellent train connections to central London.”

Guernsey is a great destination with lots to see and do whatever time of the year you choose to visit. Whether you are in the market for an early spring break, a summer beach holiday or an autumn visit when the crowds have gone but the sun may still be shining, the island won’t disappoint. It has dozens of stunning beaches, adventure sports such as coasteering and rock climbing and the north coast is proving increasingly popular for water sports. Guernsey is also renowned for its food scene. Island-grown produce, like vine tomatoes, mushrooms and peppers, and local seafood appear prominently on menus, so dining out is a real treat.

New route to Bulgaria takes off from London Southend Airport

New Flights to Sofia

A new, twice weekly easyJet route to Sofia from London Southend Airport is now in operation  (from16 December 2018).

Flights to the Bulgarian capital city – at 7,000 years, one of the oldest in Europe – are now operating every Sunday and Wednesday (running through until 20 March 2019). The new route is expected to carry over 11,000 passengers this winter.

The first flight to the Bulgarian capital signifies the opening of easyJet’s 21st route from London Southend and comes after an important summer for its expansion strategy, during which it celebrated the launch of the 1000th route across its network.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager at easyJet, said “We are absolutely delighted to announce the inaugural flight of easyJet’s new route between London Southend and Sofia – a route which is expected to be popular amongst those looking to enjoy a short city break in one of the most stunning and historic cities in Europe. The continued expansion of easyJet’s operations at London Southend reinforces its position as Europe’s leading airline and its commitment to providing passengers with a greater range of destinations. easyJet has now been at Southend for over six years and this new route plays a key role in its overall expansion strategy, offering both low fares and great service.”

Glyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend Airport said ”This new destination of Sofia will doubtless prove very popular with passengers from London and the South East. Our successful partnership with easyJet continues to go from strength to strength, and it is great to see that they expect to carry over one million annual passengers to and from the airport for the first time this year. We are now London’s fastest growing airport with a fantastic mix of well over 30 leisure and business destinations for people to explore, with more and more airlines and passengers realising that we are a better way to travel.”

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. 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 you’ll still have change in your pocket. One of the newer members of the city break brigade, Sofia is a holiday destination that is definitely here to stay. 

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.  

Tickets start from £24.68 per person (one way, including taxes and charges) and can be booked now at

New route to Chisinau from London Southend Airport

FLYONE is launching a new flight route from Chişinău to London Southend Airport.

The new route from the capital of Moldova will start on 19 July 2019, with flights operating twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Flights will be operated by an Airbus A319 aircraft. London Southend Airport represents the 12th route to be operated by the airline, which launched in 2016.

Mircea Maleca, General Director of FLYONE said, “By launching direct flights to London, FLYONE intends to offer new horizons to passengers and the opportunity to visit their families and friends as often as possible. We appreciate this collaboration with London Southend Airport, and are convinced that together we will offer passengers a safe, comfortable and affordable flight alternative."

Glyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend Airport said London Southend is delighted to welcome FLYONE passengers to our rapidly growing airport. Passengers will be able to take advantage of our fast and efficient terminal and excellent transport links, including a train station next to the airport offering regular trains to the centre of London in under an hour.”

Pretty much all roads in Moldova lead to its wine-and-food loving capital, whose origins date back six centuries to 1420. Chişinău is a city of parks, of street festivals, and of sidewalk cafes where you can enjoy a drink and watch the world go by. A dozen superb wineries are within a 90-minute drive of Chişinău, and the super-central location puts the entire country within a day trip. Throw in a hip and happening nightlife, and Chisinau ticks off all the boxes for an ideal weekend break.

Tickets can be booked now at, with prices starting from €69 one-way

Nov 15: New Adria Airways service to Paderborn

Passengers can now fly three times per week to historic Paderborn-Lippstadt in Germany. Founded by the Emperor Charlemagne, Paderborn dates back more than a thousand years and has an incredible 13th century Cathedral with stunning stained glass windows. Paderborn is also home to the world’s largest computer museum (Heinz Nixdorf Museums Forum).

The City is located in the heart of Germany and is a significant software hub; 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, making it an attractive destination for the fast-growing business and tech community in the South East.

Tickets to Paderborn are on sale now at www./

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.

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.

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.

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