Flybe-branded Stobart Air starts London Southend services

On hand to mark the start of Flybe’s Stobart Air-operated services from London Southend were the airport’s MD Roger Clements (left) and freshly appointed Stobart Air MD Julian Carr. Bringing the cakes (after bringing home the route development bacon) was Paul Haynes London Southend Business Development Manager.

Groningen Airport Eelde welcomed its first Flybe flight from London Southend on Thursday 5 June. Cupcakes were enjoyed by (from left to right); Marco van de Kreeke, CEO, Groningen Airport Eelde; Peter   O’Mara, Commercial Development Manager, Flybe; Monique Clarisse, Marketing & Sales Manager, Groningen Airport Eelde; and Jonas van Dorp, Business Development Manager, Groningen Airport Eelde.

  • Flybe opened the first three of its planned seven-route operation at London Southend (SEN) this week, beginning services to Groningen (GRQ) in Holland, Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) and Rennes (RNS). The former is flown six times weekly, with the remaining two flown daily. The operation to Rennes, will however be increased to twice-daily from 1 September. All services began on 5 June, are all non-competed, and all operated by Stobart Air’s ATR 72s. In fact, the airline has specifically chosen many of its destinations at London Southend to be a unique offering in the London area – indeed only Antwerp and Newquay of the seven new routes are currently served from other London Airports. Julian Carr, MD, Stobart Air, said: “Today marks a significant step for Stobart Air, with the start of our new services here at London Southend Airport. 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.” Roger Clements, MD for the London airport said: “This is a special day for London Southend Airport. Launching three new routes in a single day signifies the development that this airport is undergoing, and how far we have advanced. For many on these new routes, this is the first direct connection to London. It links a whole new audience to one of the world’s most important cities, and this is very significant.” See how this FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.

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