Flights to Switzerland from Southend Airport as SkyWork Airlines moves flights from London City to Southend

Flights to Switzerland from Southend Airport

Flights to Switzerland from Southend Airport

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AN AIRLINE has announced plans to move its flights from London City to Southend Airport.

Swiss-owned SkyWork Airlines says it will be switching its twice-daily flights from the Swiss capital, Bern, to the UK from London City Airport to Southend in October.

Announcing its winter schedule, the airline described Southend as “customer-friendly”, citing its peak-time eight train connections an hour to the centre of London as a major reason it is moving.

Graham Longley, councillor responsible for enterprise, tourism and economic regeneration, welcomed the news as a boost for the airport and the local economy.

He said: “It’s good to see the airport is continuing to keep up its level of success.

“I welcome all new services.

People will be able to go even further from Southend.

“The airport continues to have a positive impact on the local economy. The important thing is it is very much a question of people flying out of the airport at the moment, but we want to see people flying back into the town as well.

“We are working with people on that basis.”

SkyWork flies from Bern to nine European destinations in the winter – Cologne/Bonn, London, Munich Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna, In the summer, it also flies to Palma in Majorca.

Announcing its schedule, the airline said: “SkyWork Airlines has taken another important step towards a sustainable future and offers attractive connections to major European cities.”

All flights will be bookable online at flyskywork.com No one was available from Southend Airport to comment on the announcement.

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7:14am Mon 7 Jul 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

F A N T A S T I C # Class destinations at last, and having poached this route from London City Airport, opens up a whole avenue of future possible, new routes.
F A N T A S T I C # Class destinations at last, and having poached this route from London City Airport, opens up a whole avenue of future possible, new routes. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 2

7:48am Mon 7 Jul 14

Thames Gateway says...

So the list of direct destinations from Southend is now:

Alicante
Amsterdam
Antwerp
Berlin
Berne
Caen
Dublin
Faro
Geneva
Groningen
Ibiza
Jersey
Krakow (until 14 September)
Maastricht
Malaga
Munster/ Osnabruck
Newquay
Palma
Rennes
Tenerife
Venice.

The airport just keeps getting better and better.
So the list of direct destinations from Southend is now: Alicante Amsterdam Antwerp Berlin Berne Caen Dublin Faro Geneva Groningen Ibiza Jersey Krakow (until 14 September) Maastricht Malaga Munster/ Osnabruck Newquay Palma Rennes Tenerife Venice. The airport just keeps getting better and better. Thames Gateway
  • Score: 10

8:07am Mon 7 Jul 14

John Right says...

Time make the runway longer for the BIG ONES
Time make the runway longer for the BIG ONES John Right
  • Score: -9

8:21am Mon 7 Jul 14

CarnMountification says...

Only hope the the local roads don't suffer, with this expected major increase in passenger traffic, though at the end of the day, it has to be a good thing.
Only hope the the local roads don't suffer, with this expected major increase in passenger traffic, though at the end of the day, it has to be a good thing. CarnMountification
  • Score: 3

8:49am Mon 7 Jul 14

Phil McCrakin says...

Great news but as the previous poster said about the roads, I'm not sure the small roundabout by McDonalds / The Hilton will cope with increased traffic to the Airport and the retail park.
Great news but as the previous poster said about the roads, I'm not sure the small roundabout by McDonalds / The Hilton will cope with increased traffic to the Airport and the retail park. Phil McCrakin
  • Score: 1

9:50am Mon 7 Jul 14

w-jback says...

Phil McCrakin wrote:
Great news but as the previous poster said about the roads, I'm not sure the small roundabout by McDonalds / The Hilton will cope with increased traffic to the Airport and the retail park.
This is due entirely to the shopping centre- the car park needs completely redesigning- do away with the speed hump at the entrance- make it one way with the exit the roadway before mcdonalds - and close off the individual roadways nearest the shops- the traffic will have to drive up to staples to "enter" the actual car parking area.
[quote][p][bold]Phil McCrakin[/bold] wrote: Great news but as the previous poster said about the roads, I'm not sure the small roundabout by McDonalds / The Hilton will cope with increased traffic to the Airport and the retail park.[/p][/quote]This is due entirely to the shopping centre- the car park needs completely redesigning- do away with the speed hump at the entrance- make it one way with the exit the roadway before mcdonalds - and close off the individual roadways nearest the shops- the traffic will have to drive up to staples to "enter" the actual car parking area. w-jback
  • Score: 2

12:03pm Mon 7 Jul 14

maxell says...

what a strange comment from a company based in london at city we are attracted by the rail and 8 trains per hour from london (not vabatim) surly be at london must be more attractive then relying on trains to supply their customers, obviously a costing issue , has lsa struck another freelanding deal to attract.
what a strange comment from a company based in london at city we are attracted by the rail and 8 trains per hour from london (not vabatim) surly be at london must be more attractive then relying on trains to supply their customers, obviously a costing issue , has lsa struck another freelanding deal to attract. maxell
  • Score: 8

12:47pm Mon 7 Jul 14

paintlad3 says...

Good news
Good news paintlad3
  • Score: -1

1:58pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Joe Clark says...

maxell wrote:
what a strange comment from a company based in london at city we are attracted by the rail and 8 trains per hour from london (not vabatim) surly be at london must be more attractive then relying on trains to supply their customers, obviously a costing issue , has lsa struck another freelanding deal to attract.
Perhaps the diverts in bad weather and the quality service at short notice the ground crews provided had something to do with it, better deals on landing, parking and handling cost's and more slot times available.

However you nimbys always have to look for a negative slant on the story, if you are so interested in the deal why don't you ask them about it, naturally they are under no obligation to tell you, but that will probably upset you even more!
[quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: what a strange comment from a company based in london at city we are attracted by the rail and 8 trains per hour from london (not vabatim) surly be at london must be more attractive then relying on trains to supply their customers, obviously a costing issue , has lsa struck another freelanding deal to attract.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the diverts in bad weather and the quality service at short notice the ground crews provided had something to do with it, better deals on landing, parking and handling cost's and more slot times available. However you nimbys always have to look for a negative slant on the story, if you are so interested in the deal why don't you ask them about it, naturally they are under no obligation to tell you, but that will probably upset you even more! Joe Clark
  • Score: 3

2:07pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Ray1963 says...

When are you going to Corfu please London SEN?
When are you going to Corfu please London SEN? Ray1963
  • Score: 0

2:26pm Mon 7 Jul 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Need some Scandinavian destinations next, Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen.
Need some Scandinavian destinations next, Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 15

3:52pm Mon 7 Jul 14

tophat27dt says...

Although Skywork Airlines have issued press releases concerning the new flights to Bern, Stobarts are bound by a contract not to make any announcements right now. I find that weird. But let's hope it will be well advertised eventually. I am sad I have not seen any local advertising concerning the six new routes with StobartAir/FlyBe after the initial service. For these type of flights to succeed (lesser known cities) I would have thought continuous promotion was necessary both sides of the Channel for the first year at least.
Although Skywork Airlines have issued press releases concerning the new flights to Bern, Stobarts are bound by a contract not to make any announcements right now. I find that weird. But let's hope it will be well advertised eventually. I am sad I have not seen any local advertising concerning the six new routes with StobartAir/FlyBe after the initial service. For these type of flights to succeed (lesser known cities) I would have thought continuous promotion was necessary both sides of the Channel for the first year at least. tophat27dt
  • Score: 8

6:07pm Mon 7 Jul 14

jolllyboy says...

At the moment the jobs are not there ! We lost over 200 jobs before stobarts got going and not much more has been made since. All they want to do is fill our brooks with chemicals and cause noise and air pollution over those living under the floghtpath. Even the small aircraft take off nearer to the end of the runway thereby making more noise than they used to. Stobarts was supposed to mitigate noise - not done in the Bridgwater Drive area !
At the moment the jobs are not there ! We lost over 200 jobs before stobarts got going and not much more has been made since. All they want to do is fill our brooks with chemicals and cause noise and air pollution over those living under the floghtpath. Even the small aircraft take off nearer to the end of the runway thereby making more noise than they used to. Stobarts was supposed to mitigate noise - not done in the Bridgwater Drive area ! jolllyboy
  • Score: -8

9:18pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Walt Jabsco says...

jolllyboy wrote:
At the moment the jobs are not there ! We lost over 200 jobs before stobarts got going and not much more has been made since. All they want to do is fill our brooks with chemicals and cause noise and air pollution over those living under the floghtpath. Even the small aircraft take off nearer to the end of the runway thereby making more noise than they used to. Stobarts was supposed to mitigate noise - not done in the Bridgwater Drive area !
I take it you never use airlines?
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: At the moment the jobs are not there ! We lost over 200 jobs before stobarts got going and not much more has been made since. All they want to do is fill our brooks with chemicals and cause noise and air pollution over those living under the floghtpath. Even the small aircraft take off nearer to the end of the runway thereby making more noise than they used to. Stobarts was supposed to mitigate noise - not done in the Bridgwater Drive area ![/p][/quote]I take it you never use airlines? Walt Jabsco
  • Score: 7

10:19pm Mon 7 Jul 14

disgusted of essex says...

My mother lives near Blenheim Park right under the flight path , I really do not know why people are complaining about noise!
My mother lives near Blenheim Park right under the flight path , I really do not know why people are complaining about noise! disgusted of essex
  • Score: 17

11:06pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Joe Clark says...

jolllyboy wrote:
At the moment the jobs are not there ! We lost over 200 jobs before stobarts got going and not much more has been made since. All they want to do is fill our brooks with chemicals and cause noise and air pollution over those living under the floghtpath. Even the small aircraft take off nearer to the end of the runway thereby making more noise than they used to. Stobarts was supposed to mitigate noise - not done in the Bridgwater Drive area !
Where have you read the airport are cutting jobs, I have only seen jobs being advertised.

Surely if jobs were cut before Stobarts bought the airport it's not the responsibility of Stobarts, when any company takes over another there is nearly always restructuring involved which most of the time includes cutting jobs it happens its business.

You say "we" who are we do you work on the airport as that is what we would relate to in a topic about the airport.

One last thing, what's a floghtpath? Sounds kinky!
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: At the moment the jobs are not there ! We lost over 200 jobs before stobarts got going and not much more has been made since. All they want to do is fill our brooks with chemicals and cause noise and air pollution over those living under the floghtpath. Even the small aircraft take off nearer to the end of the runway thereby making more noise than they used to. Stobarts was supposed to mitigate noise - not done in the Bridgwater Drive area ![/p][/quote]Where have you read the airport are cutting jobs, I have only seen jobs being advertised. Surely if jobs were cut before Stobarts bought the airport it's not the responsibility of Stobarts, when any company takes over another there is nearly always restructuring involved which most of the time includes cutting jobs it happens its business. You say "we" who are we do you work on the airport as that is what we would relate to in a topic about the airport. One last thing, what's a floghtpath? Sounds kinky! Joe Clark
  • Score: 8

12:43am Tue 8 Jul 14

costa-del-blowfly says...

This makes interesting reading, straight from the SAEN Facebook page. Was it not Mr Fuller that actively encouraged people to engage with these companies who slithered in?


Jon Fuller: When I was on the SAEN committee I assisted compensation claimants with a complaint to RICS about Chris Hunt (his professional rep body). Chris replied in detail, providing a lot of info relating to a move of business premises that had gone badly wrong. He assured RICS and his clients (who complained) that he was now back on top of things but he added that he wouldn't be taking on any more clients.
If anyone continues to have problems with him they should complain to RICS but, as Andy says, very many clients left him and moved to either Michael Marriott or Carrick & Co.
And …. Chris is still a councillor: -
http://www.molevalle
y.gov.uk/index.cfm?a
rticleid=191
This makes interesting reading, straight from the SAEN Facebook page. Was it not Mr Fuller that actively encouraged people to engage with these companies who slithered in? Jon Fuller: When I was on the SAEN committee I assisted compensation claimants with a complaint to RICS about Chris Hunt (his professional rep body). Chris replied in detail, providing a lot of info relating to a move of business premises that had gone badly wrong. He assured RICS and his clients (who complained) that he was now back on top of things but he added that he wouldn't be taking on any more clients. If anyone continues to have problems with him they should complain to RICS but, as Andy says, very many clients left him and moved to either Michael Marriott or Carrick & Co. And …. Chris is still a councillor: - http://www.molevalle y.gov.uk/index.cfm?a rticleid=191 costa-del-blowfly
  • Score: 2

12:47am Tue 8 Jul 14

costa-del-blowfly says...

costa-del-blowfly wrote:
This makes interesting reading, straight from the SAEN Facebook page. Was it not Mr Fuller that actively encouraged people to engage with these companies who slithered in?


Jon Fuller: When I was on the SAEN committee I assisted compensation claimants with a complaint to RICS about Chris Hunt (his professional rep body). Chris replied in detail, providing a lot of info relating to a move of business premises that had gone badly wrong. He assured RICS and his clients (who complained) that he was now back on top of things but he added that he wouldn't be taking on any more clients.
If anyone continues to have problems with him they should complain to RICS but, as Andy says, very many clients left him and moved to either Michael Marriott or Carrick & Co.
And …. Chris is still a councillor: -
http://www.molevalle

y.gov.uk/index.cfm?a

rticleid=191
Reminds me of that Peep Show episode where Mark tries to get his book published
[quote][p][bold]costa-del-blowfly[/bold] wrote: This makes interesting reading, straight from the SAEN Facebook page. Was it not Mr Fuller that actively encouraged people to engage with these companies who slithered in? Jon Fuller: When I was on the SAEN committee I assisted compensation claimants with a complaint to RICS about Chris Hunt (his professional rep body). Chris replied in detail, providing a lot of info relating to a move of business premises that had gone badly wrong. He assured RICS and his clients (who complained) that he was now back on top of things but he added that he wouldn't be taking on any more clients. If anyone continues to have problems with him they should complain to RICS but, as Andy says, very many clients left him and moved to either Michael Marriott or Carrick & Co. And …. Chris is still a councillor: - http://www.molevalle y.gov.uk/index.cfm?a rticleid=191[/p][/quote]Reminds me of that Peep Show episode where Mark tries to get his book published costa-del-blowfly
  • Score: -2

1:00am Tue 8 Jul 14

DannyK86 says...

disgusted of essex wrote:
My mother lives near Blenheim Park right under the flight path , I really do not know why people are complaining about noise!
Yep exactly, my folks live on Mountdale Gardens and the noise is minimal.
[quote][p][bold]disgusted of essex[/bold] wrote: My mother lives near Blenheim Park right under the flight path , I really do not know why people are complaining about noise![/p][/quote]Yep exactly, my folks live on Mountdale Gardens and the noise is minimal. DannyK86
  • Score: 14

8:54am Tue 8 Jul 14

w-jback says...

Over 20 passenger flights a day now leaving the airport (and arriving). I wonder how many locals even realise that the airport is that busy, I bet if locals were asked to guess how many flights there were they would all be suprised by the true number.
Over 20 passenger flights a day now leaving the airport (and arriving). I wonder how many locals even realise that the airport is that busy, I bet if locals were asked to guess how many flights there were they would all be suprised by the true number. w-jback
  • Score: 10

10:45am Tue 8 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

Joe Clark wrote:
maxell wrote:
what a strange comment from a company based in london at city we are attracted by the rail and 8 trains per hour from london (not vabatim) surly be at london must be more attractive then relying on trains to supply their customers, obviously a costing issue , has lsa struck another freelanding deal to attract.
Perhaps the diverts in bad weather and the quality service at short notice the ground crews provided had something to do with it, better deals on landing, parking and handling cost's and more slot times available.

However you nimbys always have to look for a negative slant on the story, if you are so interested in the deal why don't you ask them about it, naturally they are under no obligation to tell you, but that will probably upset you even more!
there is nothing 'negative' about maxells comment, it was most likely a statement of fact..... the airline were clearly lying about the reasons to switch, infact it was a ridiculous comment, citing transport links, when at city airport, your already in london with the DLR right to the doorstep.....
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: what a strange comment from a company based in london at city we are attracted by the rail and 8 trains per hour from london (not vabatim) surly be at london must be more attractive then relying on trains to supply their customers, obviously a costing issue , has lsa struck another freelanding deal to attract.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the diverts in bad weather and the quality service at short notice the ground crews provided had something to do with it, better deals on landing, parking and handling cost's and more slot times available. However you nimbys always have to look for a negative slant on the story, if you are so interested in the deal why don't you ask them about it, naturally they are under no obligation to tell you, but that will probably upset you even more![/p][/quote]there is nothing 'negative' about maxells comment, it was most likely a statement of fact..... the airline were clearly lying about the reasons to switch, infact it was a ridiculous comment, citing transport links, when at city airport, your already in london with the DLR right to the doorstep..... pembury53
  • Score: -2

12:13pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

When are they going to dig up the golf course? Seems to have gone a bit quiet about this.
When are they going to dig up the golf course? Seems to have gone a bit quiet about this. Maddogg
  • Score: -3

4:57pm Tue 8 Jul 14

w-jback says...

Maddogg wrote:
When are they going to dig up the golf course? Seems to have gone a bit quiet about this.
Probably at the same time as they flatten the retail park, buy the RBS building to use as a new terminal, put Southend Road and Nestuda Way in tunnels and any other number of ridiculous rumours that do the rounds.
[quote][p][bold]Maddogg[/bold] wrote: When are they going to dig up the golf course? Seems to have gone a bit quiet about this.[/p][/quote]Probably at the same time as they flatten the retail park, buy the RBS building to use as a new terminal, put Southend Road and Nestuda Way in tunnels and any other number of ridiculous rumours that do the rounds. w-jback
  • Score: 6

7:31am Wed 9 Jul 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

BORING SWITZERLAND
BORING SWITZERLAND CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: -9

4:47pm Wed 9 Jul 14

SARFENDMAN says...

CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
BORING SWITZERLAND
Such an uniformed, ignorant , unintelligent, negative comment to post. Have family in Switzerland and not at all boring. Ever been there?
[quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: BORING SWITZERLAND[/p][/quote]Such an uniformed, ignorant , unintelligent, negative comment to post. Have family in Switzerland and not at all boring. Ever been there? SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 11

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