HOLIDAYMAKERS can jet off to the picturesque and lively capital of the Netherlands from Southend Airport from May.

Budget airline giant easyJet has announced flights to Amsterdam operating four times a week from Southend Airport with flights starting from £31.99.

The first flight will take off on May 24, becoming the fourth destination easyJet will serve from Southend alongside Malaga, Majorca and Faro.


Welcoming the news John Upton, Southend Airport’s new CEO, said: “This announcement illustrates our commitment to rebuilding our fantastic airport for the future.

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“Southend Airport can offer one of the shortest, fastest routes to Amsterdam; an incredible city to visit.

“Passengers will also be able to make global connections from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to onward destinations across the world. We hope that lots of people will see the benefit of a hassle-free route through London Southend to Amsterdam to connect for a long-haul flight, compared to flying direct through London’s other crowded airports.”

The news represents a major boost for the airport which was left reeling by the coronavirus pandemic after Ryan Air, Wizz Air and easyJet quit the airport – with the latter returning last year.

While most UK airports have recovered on average to about 80 per cent of their pre-pandemic numbers, Southend clocked up just 5 per cent of summer 2019’s passengers last year.

EasyJet has also added additional flights to Faro from Southend – up to four a week.

The additional operations will see easyJet’s operations at London Southend increase by 30 per cent compared to Summer 2022.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK country manager, said: “We are delighted to be launching another route from Southend Airport, to Amsterdam, a city that really does have something for everyone and is popular for both business and leisure travel in equal measure.

“It is also fantastic to be adding even more flights to Faro next summer, the gateway to the Algarve, so that more customers can enjoy convenient connections to what we know is a firm summer favourite for many.”