Antwerp, Belgium

Belgian boost for London Southend

The airport has landed a new Flybe service connecting the hub to Antwerp, Belgium’s biggest port.

London Southend Airport has announced a new route to Antwerp, Belgium and a massive 80% increase in the number of flights for its summer 2018 schedule.

The new Antwerp service, on a 70-seater ATR72-600 series aircraft, will be operated by Stobart Air through its franchise partnership with Flybe from next summer. It will fly four times per week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The route could provide a major boost to exporters in the South East, providing businesses with a direct route to the country’s largest port. The service is also likely to prove popular among those wanting something a little more exotic with Antwerp being well known for its fashion, diamonds, and chocolate.

London Southend Airport has also published its summer 2018 schedule for Stobart Air/Flybe, boasting up to 230 flights a week - a massive 80% increase from this year (2017). The schedule, which runs from 17 June 2018 to 9 September 2018, heralds the return of popular Croatian destinations such as Dubrovnik and Zadar.

A total of 15 routes will be operated with extra seats to European cities such as Budapest, Cologne, Vienna and Prague. Daily flights are also on offer to Prague. French destinations including Rennes, Caen and Lyon and will have an additional 15,500 seats.

Stobart Air, through its franchise partnership with Flybe, has brought in an additional aircraft making a total of five based at the airport. The news comes just after easyJet announced that it will also be basing a fourth A320 aircraft at London Southend Airport from 25 July 2018.

Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend Airport, said: “We’re hugely excited about what we’re now offering passengers. Simply, there’s more choice with a brand new route to Antwerp and the return of increasingly popular destinations in Croatia from next summer.”

He added: “There’s a correlation showing travel demand is driven by airline capacity. We’ve added hundreds of extra flights and thousands of more seats for next year’s peak summer season. But what is helping London Southend Airport go from strength to strength is our promise to deliver a better way to travel - more comfort, faster access, fewer queues and a friendlier experience than larger airports in the South East.”