Alastair Welch, London Southend’s MD, became a gondolier for the day, as he celebrated the launch of easyJet’s new route to Venice last week.
- easyJet, which was heavily involved in London Southend’s (SEN) development last year, continues to explore new opportunities at the Essex airport. On 8 February, it launched four-weekly services on its first route to Italy from Southend, making Venice (VCE) the ninth destination it offers at the airport overall. All flights are operated using A319s. In June, the airline will also add new services to Berlin, Krakow and Newquay as well as resuming seasonal services to Ibiza and Palma. London Southend handled almost 620,000 passengers in 2012 thanks primarily to easyJet, up from just 42,000 in 2011.