Flybe announces London Southend franchise routes

Flybe has announced details of the six new routes to be operated by Stobart Air from London Southend Airport.

The destinations from London Southend will be Rennes (France), Groningen (Netherlands), Münster Osnabrück (Germany), Cologne Bonn (Germany), Caen (France) and Antwerp (Belgium). When fully operational, these routes will encompass 102 weekly flights transporting an expected 200,000 passengers in year one of operations, rising to 700,000 in year three.

Stobart Air has also announced that to cater for this expansion, it is creating 60 new jobs based at London Southend Airport – recruitment for these new positions is under way.

Services to Rennes, Groningen and Münster Osnabrück will begin on 5 June, with the flights to Cologne Bonn, Caen and Antwerp starting on 3 July.

Flybe will increase capacity on its London Southend services from 1 September, resulting in a total of 102 weekly flights on its six new routes.

This increase will include double daily return flights on services to Antwerp and Rennes, meaning business and leisure passengers will be able to fly in the morning and return home the same day.

Detailing the six new routes, Simon Fagan, chief operating officer, Stobart Air, commented, “We are delighted to announce these six new London Southend routes. Each of these new routes will resonate with both business and leisure passengers. Prices are competitive, schedules are convenient, and the airports are efficient. The availability of daily return services on some of the routes means people can do a day’s business and be back home that evening. We look forward to welcoming passengers on board.”

Photo of ATR of Flybe Nordic, similar to that to be operated by Stobart Air, courtesy Arz/Wikipedia.

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