London Southend Airport held a party to celebrate the launch of three new Flybe routes on 30 October, with first flights taking place the previous day. The airport produced an impressive multi-themed cake to mark its three new links to Dublin, Glasgow and Manchester. Paul White, Business Development Manager at Glasgow Airport celebrated with the Scottish airport’s own cake, to mark the launch of its latest connection to London. Another sweet treat was on offer as Manchester Airport’s Patrick Alexander, London Southend Airport’s Andrew Lewis and Manchester Airport’s Lois Robertson welcomed the launch of services between their respective airports.
Flybe crew were joined for the inaugural Leeds Bradford to Düsseldorf flight by Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford City Council; James Lewis Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council; Henri Murison, Director of Northern Powerhouse Partnership; and Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Leeds Bradford Airport. At the other end of the route, Christina Knicker, Manager Airline Marketing, Düsseldorf Airport, celebrates the launch of services to the Yorkshire destination with the Flybe crew.
- Flybe began services from London Southend (SEN) to Dublin (DUB), Glasgow (GLA) and Manchester (MAN) on 29 October, along with a new route from Leeds Bradford to Düsseldorf. The average sector length of the three Southend services is 458 kilometres, while the Leeds Bradford-Düsseldorf sector is 634 kilometres in length. None of the four new routes will face any direct competition, however Flybe will see many indirect competitors on its new domestic and Irish links from the UK capital airport. with the five other London airports all connected to Dublin and Glasgow with various airlines, while British Airways serves Manchester from London Heathrow multiple times daily and London City weekly throughout the summer.
||London Southend (SEN)
|Leeds Bradford (LBA)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 31 October. WF = Weekly Frequencies.