Flybe adds more flights to France

Ready for another flight to France - one of the Flybe fleet at Southend Airport

Ready for another flight to France - one of the Flybe fleet at Southend Airport

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MORE flights to France are being offered from Southend Airport after a surge in popularity.

Flybe is making available an extra 2,500 seasonal seats on their routes to Northern France as it moves to offering flights six days a week.

Until August 31, Flybe will operate ten additional flights on its Rennes route and 18 extra journeys on their Caen- Normandy timetable.

The extra capacity will mean flights to Caen run six days a week rather than just four, with Wednesday now the only day you cannot fly.

Flybe bought a ten-year franchise from Stobart Air, the aviation wing of airport owners the Stobart Group, and launched six new routes to continental Europe, including the two to France, earlier this summer.

Stobart Air chief commercial officer, Simon Fagan, said: “We are delighted with the popularity of our new routes and to announce the addition of seasonal flights from Southend to Caen-Normandy and Rennes.

“The response from our passengers has been very positive and the demand on those routes has grown beyond our expectations.

We have already surpassed 30,000 passengers booked to fly on our network from Southend to Europe and, as a result, we are adding additional seasonal flights to meet demand for the remainder of the summer.

“With the addition of seasonal flights on this service, we are well on course to reach our target of flying 18,000 and 50,000 passengers in one year to Caen- Normandy and Rennes respectively.”

The six new routes took Southend Airport’s total number of destinations to 21, with flights to Bern, Switzerland, set to begin in October with SkyWork Airlines.

The Stobart Group has invested more than £120million in Southend Airport since acquiring it in 2008.

Roger Clements, managing director of Southend Airport said: “This is very welcome news for Southend Airport which is further testament to the popularity of the airport for business and leisure travellers alike.”

Travel agency boss welcomes the additions

ONE Westcliff travel agent is surprised to see the extra flights being put on, but welcomes the progress.

Chris Heritage, of Hermes Travel, an independent travel agent in London Road, Westcliff, said they book more holiday flights for easyJet destinations.

Flybe’s destinations across Europe include their two French flights, as well as Antwerp, Maastricht, Munster- Osnabruck and Groningen, with easyJet flying to popular holiday destinations such as Malaga, Ibiza, Alicante and Barcelona.

Mr Heritage said: “I can only imagine they have been more popular than first expected.

“People going to northern France normally pack up the car and drive over, but it is encouraging to see the flights are full and they need to increase capacity.

“They were set up with later flights back to France and early ones to Southend, as better for business passengers or tourists from France coming here.

“Mallorca and a lot of the easyJet destinations are popular for holidays. The Flybe ones were a little more quirky.”

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5:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

jolllyboy says...

France, Germany, Switzerland - yawn - why not somewhere most interesting - Cyprus, Scandinavia, Malta...............
...........People I know who have used southend for a few times are now back to travelling to Stansted and Luton because southend is too dear.
France, Germany, Switzerland - yawn - why not somewhere most interesting - Cyprus, Scandinavia, Malta............... ...........People I know who have used southend for a few times are now back to travelling to Stansted and Luton because southend is too dear. jolllyboy
  • Score: 4

7:32pm Wed 30 Jul 14

RichardAC says...

jolllyboy wrote:
France, Germany, Switzerland - yawn - why not somewhere most interesting - Cyprus, Scandinavia, Malta...............

...........People I know who have used southend for a few times are now back to travelling to Stansted and Luton because southend is too dear.
sorry misery guts, it's a great airport. And a huge success story. Who knows you might get your wish with those other destinations in the future.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: France, Germany, Switzerland - yawn - why not somewhere most interesting - Cyprus, Scandinavia, Malta............... ...........People I know who have used southend for a few times are now back to travelling to Stansted and Luton because southend is too dear.[/p][/quote]sorry misery guts, it's a great airport. And a huge success story. Who knows you might get your wish with those other destinations in the future. RichardAC
  • Score: -6

8:12pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Southend Andy says...

RichardAC wrote:
jolllyboy wrote:
France, Germany, Switzerland - yawn - why not somewhere most interesting - Cyprus, Scandinavia, Malta...............


...........People I know who have used southend for a few times are now back to travelling to Stansted and Luton because southend is too dear.
sorry misery guts, it's a great airport. And a huge success story. Who knows you might get your wish with those other destinations in the future.
Think he must be a member of saen!!
[quote][p][bold]RichardAC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: France, Germany, Switzerland - yawn - why not somewhere most interesting - Cyprus, Scandinavia, Malta............... ...........People I know who have used southend for a few times are now back to travelling to Stansted and Luton because southend is too dear.[/p][/quote]sorry misery guts, it's a great airport. And a huge success story. Who knows you might get your wish with those other destinations in the future.[/p][/quote]Think he must be a member of saen!! Southend Andy
  • Score: -6

8:14pm Wed 30 Jul 14

maxell says...

Was over the airport today and was amazed at the view from the hotel top deck. I was even more amazed by the lack of aircraft activity, I was there all day truthfully its like a grave yard, hotel was not that much better. Egg sandwhich and coffee for £8.00 forgot the mention the 4 crisps as well.
Was over the airport today and was amazed at the view from the hotel top deck. I was even more amazed by the lack of aircraft activity, I was there all day truthfully its like a grave yard, hotel was not that much better. Egg sandwhich and coffee for £8.00 forgot the mention the 4 crisps as well. maxell
  • Score: 6

8:32pm Wed 30 Jul 14

costa-del-blowfly says...

maxell wrote:
Was over the airport today and was amazed at the view from the hotel top deck. I was even more amazed by the lack of aircraft activity, I was there all day truthfully its like a grave yard, hotel was not that much better. Egg sandwhich and coffee for £8.00 forgot the mention the 4 crisps as well.
So went to have an egg sandwich in a hotel you don't like, selecting a table with a view over an airport you don't like?
[quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: Was over the airport today and was amazed at the view from the hotel top deck. I was even more amazed by the lack of aircraft activity, I was there all day truthfully its like a grave yard, hotel was not that much better. Egg sandwhich and coffee for £8.00 forgot the mention the 4 crisps as well.[/p][/quote]So went to have an egg sandwich in a hotel you don't like, selecting a table with a view over an airport you don't like? costa-del-blowfly
  • Score: -3

11:06pm Wed 30 Jul 14

jayman says...

*advert!
** Has the airport paid its rent to southend council yet?
*advert! ** Has the airport paid its rent to southend council yet? jayman
  • Score: 12

12:42am Thu 31 Jul 14

costa-del-blowfly says...

jayman wrote:
*advert!
** Has the airport paid its rent to southend council yet?
Are you able to provide an answer you your question?

Unless you can offer an interesting argument, just asking questions makes you sound like Glenn Beck?

Are you Glenn Beck?
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: *advert! ** Has the airport paid its rent to southend council yet?[/p][/quote]Are you able to provide an answer you your question? Unless you can offer an interesting argument, just asking questions makes you sound like Glenn Beck? Are you Glenn Beck? costa-del-blowfly
  • Score: -6

7:49am Thu 31 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

Boys boys... why get all bent out of shape just because somebody points out the airport has a few things it needs to put right. Whatever happened to constructive criticism?

Why doesn't this airport do more internal flights too, to UK cities - and make it compete with the ludicrously expensive railways?

Just a thought.
Boys boys... why get all bent out of shape just because somebody points out the airport has a few things it needs to put right. Whatever happened to constructive criticism? Why doesn't this airport do more internal flights too, to UK cities - and make it compete with the ludicrously expensive railways? Just a thought. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 2

3:08pm Thu 31 Jul 14

RantyMan says...

You do realise that your comment about not liking somebody asking questions, consists of three sentences, each of which ends with a question mark?
You do realise that your comment about not liking somebody asking questions, consists of three sentences, each of which ends with a question mark? RantyMan
  • Score: 0

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