Southend’s First EasyJet Service

Southend's First easyJet departure. April 2, 2012. (London Southend Airport)

On Monday April 2, 2012, UK low-cost carrier easyJet celebrated its inaugural service from London Southend Airport.
The first flight – which was to Belfast – took off on time at 06.15am and was followed by further departures to Barcelona and Amsterdam through the course of the day.
At the launch event, Catherine Lynn, easyJet’s Customer and Revenue Director, commented:We are delighted to be checking in our first passengers from London Southend this morning.  We have worked hand in hand with the airport for many months to make this a great passenger experience.  We are confident that more than 800,000 passengers will enjoy the fast, convenient and friendly experience of travelling from London Southend over the next year.”
The airline now flies daily from London Southend Airport with passengers having a choice of more than 70 flights per week to ten European destinations including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Malaga and recently announced ski route Geneva.
London Southend Airport is easyJet’s 11th UK base and it has brought three new A319 aircraft and over 150 employees to the airport.
Alastair Welch, the airport’s Managing Director, said “With £100 million invested, 500 new jobs created, ten exciting new routes from easyJet, we are gearing up to reach 100 flights a week from London Southend Airport this summer.  Today’s first scheduled easyJet services mark a new beginning at the airport, and it is a very proud day for the entire team here at London Southend.”