IGAvion started the first of five routes from Chateauroux on 26 April, with a twice-weekly service to London Southend. On hand to welcome the new route were: Chris Grayling MP, UK Transport Secretary; Glyn Jones, CEO, Stobart Aviation; and James Duddridge MP.
- IGAvion, the French regional airline, commenced operations from Chateauroux (CHR) to London Southend (SEN) on 26 April. The 529-kilometre sector will be flown twice-weekly by IGAvion’s Saab 340 fleet. According to the airline’s website it will also offer flights to Biarritz, Lyon, Nice and Toulouse in June from the French airport. Glyn Jones, CEO Stobart Aviation (owners of London Southend Airport) says: “This is the third new airline that London Southend has attracted in 2018 – we recently announced flights to Malta, Sardinia and Sicily with Air Malta starting on 4 May, and a new Loganair route to Carlisle Lake District Airport gets underway on 4 June. Today’s visit by the Secretary of State just goes to demonstrate yet again that London Southend is a big airport in the making and one to watch. There’s a reason we’ve been voted ‘Best London Airport’ five times in a row, and that is because we offer the strategic advantages and capacity that airlines want, including fast access to London, and a unique customer service that our passengers love. This is just the start, we’ve more big plans for 2018 in the pipeline.” There is no competition on this city pair. See how London Southend’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.