The UK’s largest airline, easyJet, has announced today (June 16) that it will begin operating from London Southend Airport (SEN) from April 2012.
The airline will open the new base with three A319 aircraft, over 150 employees and an expected 800,000 passengers in the first year.
There will be over 70 easyJet flights a week to ten different European destinations, including Barcelona, Faro and Ibiza. Tickets are due to go on sale at the end of July.
easyJet’s Customer and Revenue Director, Catherine Lynn, says: “This is a unique opportunity to offer a world class customer experience. We believe that European city links will attract a high number of inbound business and leisure passengers to London next year.”
easyJet has signed a ten year partnership agreement with Stobart Group, which owns the airport. SEN will be the airline’s eleventh UK base.
Managing Director of London Southend Airport, Alastair Welch, comments: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with easyJet, servicing a comprehensive variety of routes into Europe and hot on the heels of other significant developments at London Southend.
“This summer we opened a dedicated railway station with up to eight services an hour to Stratford – site of the 2012 [Olympic] Games, and to London Liverpool Street, both in well under an hour.
“A new state-of-the-art control tower is now operational, work on our runway extension is underway, as is a new terminal building to be completed this autumn, and a new hotel that will open in 2012,” he says.