Posted on: 05 June 2014 by Mark Howells
Flybe has inaugurated three of its six new European routes from London Southend Airport operated by its franchise partner, Stobart Air.
London Southend passengers departed on flights to Rennes in France; Münster Osnabrück in Germany; and Groningen in the Netherlands over the course of the day, while inbound passengers from these destinations arrived at London Southend Airport for the first time.
Flybe’s services from London Southend to Antwerp, Caen and Maastricht come into operation next month.
The Flybe branded routes are operated by Stobart Air as part of a franchise agreement between the two airlines. Stobart Air has targeted 200,000 passengers on its six new London Southend services in the first full year of operations, rising to 700,000 passengers within three years.
Stobart Air’s managing director, Julian Carr, who was in London Southend Airport to mark the occasion, said he was delighted that the new operations were now successfully under way. “Today marks a significant step for Stobart Air, with the start of our new services here at London Southend. We are delighted to be up and running, and look forward to today’s passengers being the first of thousands who will experience our services in the years ahead,” he remarked.
“Bookings for these new routes have been strong since they were first announced in April. We are seeing a growing response from both leisure and business passengers who are attracted by competitive prices, convenient schedules and the efficiency of London Southend Airport.
“For the 20 million people living within two hours of London Southend Airport, the six new routes offers people direct access to some of Europe’s most charming cultural hubs and important trading markets. 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,” Carr concluded.