easyJet’s Southend network clarified; start dates, frequencies, aircraft rotation plan and one surprise…
This week, easyJet released more details about its operations from their new London Southend (SEN) base, which opens next April. A total of eight destinations are currently on sale with the following start dates and frequencies.
|Destination||Start date||Weekly frequency|
|Alicante (ALC)||5 April 2012||7|
|Amsterdam (AMS)||2 April 2012||12 (13 from May)|
|Barcelona (BCN)||2 April 2012||7|
|Belfast International (BFS)||2 April 2012||13|
|Faro (FAO)||5 April 2012||7|
|Ibiza (IBZ)||28 April 2012||3|
|Malaga (AGP)||1 May 2012||8|
|Palma de Mallorca (PMI)||1 May 2012||4|
|Source: easyJet booking tool|
These eight routes will generate 62 weekly departures spread across three aircraft. All of these destinations are already served from all three of easyJet’s other London bases at Gatwick, Luton and Stansted.
At Stansted, where frequencies may well be reduced on these routes (given the proximity of Southend), easyJet faces direct competition from Ryanair on five of the eight routes (the exceptions being Amsterdam, Barcelona and Belfast International).
One more route still to be announced
Analysis by anna.aero of easyJet’s schedules for these new services reveals that there is still some aircraft time unaccounted for. The airline has confirmed to anna.aero that one more route is still to be announced. The current schedule (on ‘Aircraft 1’ in table below) suggests that it could be a domestic service (Edinburgh, Glasgow), although by pushing back the Ibiza and Palma services, more time could be found for another European destination (such as Paris).
The three aircraft (all A319s) will start operating at the airport on 2 April, 5 April and 1 May 2012. The above aircraft rotation plan is that in effect from the beginning of May.