easyJet launches new route to Newquay from London Southend Airport
easyJet, the UK’s largest airline has announced today (Thursday 6 December) that it will be further expanding its route offering from London Southend Airport with a new service to Newquay from Summer 2013. Seats are on sale from today.
The new thrice weekly service - which departs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays - is expected to attract almost 10,000 passengers each year. The inaugural flight takes off from London Southend Airport on 20 June 2013.
Hugh Aitken, easyJet UK Commercial Manager commented “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 each (one-way, based on two people 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.”
He added “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 meets the needs of business and leisure travellers alike and sure that this new route will prove very popular.”
Alastair Welch, 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.”
The announcement of the Newquay route is being warmly welcomed by Burnham-on-Crouch based travel operator Travelsmith, who have enjoyed a 50% increase in sales of holidays to Jersey as a direct result of easyJet now flying there from London Southend (started April 2012).
Sales Director Reg Smith says “The development of London Southend Airport has been a huge boost to our business, with our client’s clearly loving and taking advantage of the ease and convenience of using their local airport. We have sold holidays to Cornwall for 20 years, and so the introduction of flights to Newquay from London Southend will make this area so much more accessible and definitely increase our holiday sales – especially as our accommodation is just 5 to 15 minutes from Newquay airport. We will have packaged short breaks and longer holidays on sale from January.”
The launch of this new London Southend to Newquay service follows soon after easyJet’s announcement of new services to Polish city Krakow and German’s capital Berlin, also launching next June. This brings the number of easyJet routes served from London Southend Airport to fourteen.