We have liftoff - the last of Flybe's new European routes from Southend Airport takes off

We have liftoff - the last of Flybe's new European routes from Southend Airport takes off

We have liftoff - the last of Flybe's new European routes from Southend Airport takes off

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THE last of Flybe’s six new European flights from Southend Airport began this morning.

The first flight to Maastricht took off from Southend at 8.10am and completes the successful role out of Flybe’s ten-year franchise with Stobart Air.

It is hoped the route, which will see six return flights to the Dutch destination, will carry 25,000 passengers in its first year, reaching a total of 80,000 by the end of year three.

Flybe chief commercial officer, Simon Fagan, arrived in Southend on the first flight from Maastricht.

He said: "Maastricht is a very popular tourist destination in the Netherlands due to its history which is illustrated in wonderful architecture around the city.

“The city also play host to a number of notable festivals of every variety throughout the year. From the Amstel Gold Cycling Race starts in the city every April and a world class jazz festival in the autumn.

“There is enormous potential for this route as we are providing the people of Maastricht and surrounding region convenient access to London.”

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, launched new routes to northern European destinations Groningen, Munster Osnabruck and Rennes last month, with flights to Caen and Antwerp starting in early July.

Maastricht is the last of their six new routes which are operated by Stobart Air, the aviation arm of airport owners the Stobart Group.

Airport managing director Roger Clements said: “I am delighted to witness the sixth Flybe route to be launched for London Southend Airport in the past five weeks.

“Launching this new route to Maastricht signifies the continued progress that the airport is making in expanding its services into Europe.

“These six new routes will enable more passengers from continental Europe to choose London Southend as their airport of choice to access central London.”

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11:13am Thu 10 Jul 14

planespeaking says...

Well done to all at the airport. Now let's get some more airlines switching from London City.
Well done to all at the airport. Now let's get some more airlines switching from London City. planespeaking
  • Score: -5

1:13pm Thu 10 Jul 14

jayman says...

planespeaking wrote:
Well done to all at the airport. Now let's get some more airlines switching from London City.
switching?... just to set the record straight. Stobart have paid a metric ton of cash to buy some planes into southend airport under the guise of Flybe in order to magic up some plurality at the airport... nothing has been switched at all. This was not a concious business choice based on a solid business plan. This was money, and nothing more.
[quote][p][bold]planespeaking[/bold] wrote: Well done to all at the airport. Now let's get some more airlines switching from London City.[/p][/quote]switching?... just to set the record straight. Stobart have paid a metric ton of cash to buy some planes into southend airport under the guise of Flybe in order to magic up some plurality at the airport... nothing has been switched at all. This was not a concious business choice based on a solid business plan. This was money, and nothing more. jayman
  • Score: 10

2:21pm Thu 10 Jul 14

planespeaking says...

jayman wrote:
planespeaking wrote:
Well done to all at the airport. Now let's get some more airlines switching from London City.
switching?... just to set the record straight. Stobart have paid a metric ton of cash to buy some planes into southend airport under the guise of Flybe in order to magic up some plurality at the airport... nothing has been switched at all. This was not a concious business choice based on a solid business plan. This was money, and nothing more.
Keep up Jayman, in your usual rush to slag off the airport you missed the fact that Skywork Airlines are switching their flights from London City to Southend from October.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]planespeaking[/bold] wrote: Well done to all at the airport. Now let's get some more airlines switching from London City.[/p][/quote]switching?... just to set the record straight. Stobart have paid a metric ton of cash to buy some planes into southend airport under the guise of Flybe in order to magic up some plurality at the airport... nothing has been switched at all. This was not a concious business choice based on a solid business plan. This was money, and nothing more.[/p][/quote]Keep up Jayman, in your usual rush to slag off the airport you missed the fact that Skywork Airlines are switching their flights from London City to Southend from October. planespeaking
  • Score: -2

2:29pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Sensible Man says...

I was just about to say the same. Jayman - ever heard of Skywork Airlines? If not - please do a little research and then come on and confirm from which airport and to which airport they are "switching" their flights in October 2014. Just to set the record straight - eh!! Ha Ha!!! Doh!!!!
I was just about to say the same. Jayman - ever heard of Skywork Airlines? If not - please do a little research and then come on and confirm from which airport and to which airport they are "switching" their flights in October 2014. Just to set the record straight - eh!! Ha Ha!!! Doh!!!! Sensible Man
  • Score: -3

4:10pm Thu 10 Jul 14

runwellian says...

More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky.

Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money!
More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky. Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money! runwellian
  • Score: 13

4:30pm Thu 10 Jul 14

disenfranchisedpast says...

runwellian wrote:
More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky.

Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money!
Yeah it sucks the way they just built this airport in the last three years.....
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky. Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money![/p][/quote]Yeah it sucks the way they just built this airport in the last three years..... disenfranchisedpast
  • Score: -1

4:39pm Thu 10 Jul 14

jolllyboy says...

No probs - now get rid of Easy Jet planes and we will all be happy.
No probs - now get rid of Easy Jet planes and we will all be happy. jolllyboy
  • Score: -2

5:14pm Thu 10 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

jolllyboy wrote:
No probs - now get rid of Easy Jet planes and we will all be happy.
When are the loud Boeings coming ? fantastic accoustics...
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: No probs - now get rid of Easy Jet planes and we will all be happy.[/p][/quote]When are the loud Boeings coming ? fantastic accoustics... sesibollox
  • Score: -5

5:39pm Thu 10 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

runwellian wrote:
More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky.

Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money!
Get earplugs.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky. Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money![/p][/quote]Get earplugs. sesibollox
  • Score: -6

6:33pm Thu 10 Jul 14

chillyfeet says...

disenfranchisedpast wrote:
runwellian wrote:
More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky.

Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money!
Yeah it sucks the way they just built this airport in the last three years.....
Dont buy a house near an airport if you dont want aeroplane noise.

Airport was there before they lived there.
[quote][p][bold]disenfranchisedpast[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky. Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money![/p][/quote]Yeah it sucks the way they just built this airport in the last three years.....[/p][/quote]Dont buy a house near an airport if you dont want aeroplane noise. Airport was there before they lived there. chillyfeet
  • Score: -2

6:34pm Thu 10 Jul 14

chillyfeet says...

runwellian wrote:
More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky.

Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money!
If you dont like it Bugger off and live somewhere else
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky. Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money![/p][/quote]If you dont like it Bugger off and live somewhere else chillyfeet
  • Score: -10

6:39pm Thu 10 Jul 14

paintlad3 says...

well it bringing employment into the the town, better then a housing estate,
well it bringing employment into the the town, better then a housing estate, paintlad3
  • Score: -3

6:50pm Thu 10 Jul 14

disenfranchisedpast says...

chillyfeet wrote:
disenfranchisedpast wrote:
runwellian wrote:
More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky.

Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money!
Yeah it sucks the way they just built this airport in the last three years.....
Dont buy a house near an airport if you dont want aeroplane noise.

Airport was there before they lived there.
Hence the sarcasm in my reply
[quote][p][bold]chillyfeet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]disenfranchisedpast[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky. Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money![/p][/quote]Yeah it sucks the way they just built this airport in the last three years.....[/p][/quote]Dont buy a house near an airport if you dont want aeroplane noise. Airport was there before they lived there.[/p][/quote]Hence the sarcasm in my reply disenfranchisedpast
  • Score: -1

7:45pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Nebs says...

chillyfeet wrote:
disenfranchisedpast wrote:
runwellian wrote:
More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky.

Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money!
Yeah it sucks the way they just built this airport in the last three years.....
Dont buy a house near an airport if you dont want aeroplane noise.

Airport was there before they lived there.
As opposed to Stobarts, who bought an airport with a public footpath running through it, and were then surprised to find that people actually wanted to walk along it.
[quote][p][bold]chillyfeet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]disenfranchisedpast[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky. Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money![/p][/quote]Yeah it sucks the way they just built this airport in the last three years.....[/p][/quote]Dont buy a house near an airport if you dont want aeroplane noise. Airport was there before they lived there.[/p][/quote]As opposed to Stobarts, who bought an airport with a public footpath running through it, and were then surprised to find that people actually wanted to walk along it. Nebs
  • Score: 7

9:26pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Nebs says...

In view of the planned roadworks for the A13 I would have thought a route between Southend and London City would be popular.
In view of the planned roadworks for the A13 I would have thought a route between Southend and London City would be popular. Nebs
  • Score: 3

10:19pm Thu 10 Jul 14

jayman says...

planespeaking wrote:
jayman wrote:
planespeaking wrote:
Well done to all at the airport. Now let's get some more airlines switching from London City.
switching?... just to set the record straight. Stobart have paid a metric ton of cash to buy some planes into southend airport under the guise of Flybe in order to magic up some plurality at the airport... nothing has been switched at all. This was not a concious business choice based on a solid business plan. This was money, and nothing more.
Keep up Jayman, in your usual rush to slag off the airport you missed the fact that Skywork Airlines are switching their flights from London City to Southend from October.
what... They operate one flight out of the UK to the Bern hub. I know this because i had to Google them to find out who they where..
[quote][p][bold]planespeaking[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]planespeaking[/bold] wrote: Well done to all at the airport. Now let's get some more airlines switching from London City.[/p][/quote]switching?... just to set the record straight. Stobart have paid a metric ton of cash to buy some planes into southend airport under the guise of Flybe in order to magic up some plurality at the airport... nothing has been switched at all. This was not a concious business choice based on a solid business plan. This was money, and nothing more.[/p][/quote]Keep up Jayman, in your usual rush to slag off the airport you missed the fact that Skywork Airlines are switching their flights from London City to Southend from October.[/p][/quote]what... They operate one flight out of the UK to the Bern hub. I know this because i had to Google them to find out who they where.. jayman
  • Score: 2

10:20pm Thu 10 Jul 14

jayman says...

Sensible Man wrote:
I was just about to say the same. Jayman - ever heard of Skywork Airlines? If not - please do a little research and then come on and confirm from which airport and to which airport they are "switching" their flights in October 2014. Just to set the record straight - eh!! Ha Ha!!! Doh!!!!
see my above post.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: I was just about to say the same. Jayman - ever heard of Skywork Airlines? If not - please do a little research and then come on and confirm from which airport and to which airport they are "switching" their flights in October 2014. Just to set the record straight - eh!! Ha Ha!!! Doh!!!![/p][/quote]see my above post. jayman
  • Score: 2

10:25pm Thu 10 Jul 14

jayman says...

sesibollox wrote:
jolllyboy wrote:
No probs - now get rid of Easy Jet planes and we will all be happy.
When are the loud Boeings coming ? fantastic accoustics...
that's almost funny. your getting better. Next time try to highlight the comedy device you use by saying something like (use voice similar to someone who requires adenoid removal) ohhh! I have got the box set of aircraft engine noises!!!!! The Boeing 777 is my favourite track hahahahaha!
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: No probs - now get rid of Easy Jet planes and we will all be happy.[/p][/quote]When are the loud Boeings coming ? fantastic accoustics...[/p][/quote]that's almost funny. your getting better. Next time try to highlight the comedy device you use by saying something like (use voice similar to someone who requires adenoid removal) ohhh! I have got the box set of aircraft engine noises!!!!! The Boeing 777 is my favourite track hahahahaha! jayman
  • Score: 4

9:53am Fri 11 Jul 14

DannyK86 says...

runwellian wrote:
More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky.

Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money!
Don't like it? Move.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: More bloody noise and early morning roars in the sky. Our peace has vanished just to so come folk can make money![/p][/quote]Don't like it? Move. DannyK86
  • Score: -6

9:53am Thu 17 Jul 14

Walt Jabsco says...

"So Jayman, what are you doing after work tonight, fancy going for a few beers?"
"Nah, I'm alright thanks, gotta rush home and go online for 4 hours under various different logins to try and get as many thumbs down as possible on the new airport story on the echo website.....it makes a big difference you know"
"So Jayman, what are you doing after work tonight, fancy going for a few beers?" "Nah, I'm alright thanks, gotta rush home and go online for 4 hours under various different logins to try and get as many thumbs down as possible on the new airport story on the echo website.....it makes a big difference you know" Walt Jabsco
  • Score: 0

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