Southend Launch for easyJet

EASYJET HAS announced that it will introduce services from London/Southend from April 2012.  It will operate 70 flights per week to ten European destinations including Barcelona, Faro and Ibiza using three based Airbus A319s.
“We are excited to be opening London/Southend as our 20th base airport,” said Catherine Lynn, easyJet’s Customer and Revenue Director.  “The airport is in a fantastic location just outside London with a fast rail link into the city.  This is a unique opportunity to offer a world-class customer experience, with passengers able to get from the plane to the train in 15 minutes.”
Since being bought out by the Stobart Group, the airport has received £60m ($96.8m) of capital investment including a new control tower, terminal building and runway extension.  Now easyJet has signed a ten-year partnership agreement with the Stobart Group it hopes to carry 800,000 passengers in the first year.