- Up to three flights per day from Dublin to London Southend, seven days a week, commencing October 29
- New route is part of Stobart’s growth strategy including a €25m investment, 60 new jobs and addition of two new Embraer E195s jet aircraft to its fleet
- Lead in fares from €29.99 one way, including taxes and charges.
Stobart Air it to operate a new route from Dublin to London Southend Airport which will operate under the Flybe brand.
London Southend Airport has a direct rail link, with with up to six trains per hour taking 45 minutes to get to Liverpool Street station. The airport has a 15-minute ‘plane to train’ promise.
This new service brings to nine the number of Flybe routes which will be operated by Stobart Air as part of its 2017 winter schedule from London Southend.
Flybe cancelled the Dublin-Southend service in 2015, saying that passenger numbers on the route hadn’t matched expectations. Stobart Air had also previously operated an Aer Lingus regional service between Dublin and Southend. It began the service in 2012 and it was cancelled in 2014.
Stobart’s two new Embraer E195s jets will operate the new routes from London Southend Airport. Headquartered in Dublin and employing 570 people, Stobart Air currently operates up to 860 flights weekly across 43 routes throughout 11 European countries from bases in Ireland and the UK under the Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe brand. The airline operates a fleet of 17 aircraft with routes across Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Kerry and Donegal in Ireland.
Graeme Buchanan, Chief Executive at Stobart Air, said: “Southend is one of Britain’s fastest growing airports, offering unique convenience and direct access to central London. I have no doubt that the new route will be welcomed by both business and leisure travellers between the two cities, particularly those travelling between London, Essex and Dublin on a regular basis.
“We are on track to carry 2m passengers in 2017, a 50pc increase in passenger numbers over the past five years.”
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said Dublin-London is the busiest route in Europe with 4.8m passengers travelling between them each year.
“This new route will provide both business and leisure passengers with even greater choice and further flexibility when flying to London,” he said.
Glyn Jones, CEO at London Southend Airport, said: “This new route shows we are listening to our customers and responding – as a route to Ireland is easily one of the most requested destinations. LSA is perfectly placed to serve London’s growing travel market especially in the face of the other London airport capacity constraints.”
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