EUROPE’S leading airline, easyJet, has celebrated its fifth anniversary at Southend Airport.
Since its launch at Southend in April 2012, easyJet has flown more than four million passengers on more than 32,000 flights. It now flies to 15 city and holiday destinations across Europe, with the most popular being Amsterdam, Alicante, Faro and Malaga.
To mark the anniversary two local children, who are also celebrating their fifth birthdays this year, were invited to dress up as easyJet pilots and have a tour of an easyJet aircraft and cockpit. Darcy Page and Cooper Page Martin are cousins from Rochford and the grandchildren of easyJet crew member Angela Page.
Also, joining the celebrations was James Duddridge, MP for Rochford and Southend East.
Neil Slaven, easyJet’s UK commercial manager, commented "We’re delighted to be celebrating out fifth year at Southend Airport. Since we launched our first flight from Southend to Belfast five years ago, we’ve flown more than four million passengers and have almost doubled the amount of destinations we now operate from the airport. We’ve made travelling easy for the people of Southend and the surrounding areas across Essex and East London with affordable flights to 15 destinations across Europe.
“We’re fully committed to Southend Airport and have demonstrated this by investing heavily in new destinations. We’re keen to continue adding more varied routes to our schedule. Ultimately our long-term aim at Southend Airport is simple; to continue to provide a fantastic passenger experience with low fares whilst opening up new markets to both our leisure and business travellers."
Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation, which owns Southend Airport, says “It has been an excellent five years working in partnership with easyJet, providing a fantastic mix of both leisure and business destinations to passengers from Essex and the South East. Our ambition is to make Southend the capital’s next big airport and that is very much aligned with easyJet’s plans to expand and grow, so we are all very much looking forward to the next successful five years of our partnership.”
James Duddridge, MP for Rochford and Southend East, added " The expansion of the airport is the best thing to have happened locally in many years. I have always been a firm supporter of the airport and I am delighted that it is going from strength to strength. I am looking forward to watching Southend continue to grow and I’m excited to see additional destinations being in operation”
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