Aer Lingus announce a Southend to Dublin route

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Aer Lingus to launch one-stop transatlantic flights from Southend

Aer Lingus Regional is to launch flights from Southend to Dublin, offering onward connections to transatlantic services.

From May 10, the airline will offer three daily services which will connect with Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando.

Flights between Southend and Dublin will be operated by Aer Lingus' franchise carrier Aer Arran, which has been rebranded Aer Lingus Regional.

Aer Arran launched its first passenger flights from Southend last March after the airport's owner - Stobart Air- invested in the airline.

Nevertheless, Aer Arran suspended its twice daily service from Southend to Galway last October due to a deterioration in bookings.

The new flights to Dublin are being sold to passengers living in Essex and East London as offering easy access to the US. They will have access to US Customs and Immigration pre-clearance facilities at Dublin Airport, which means they can avoid queues when they arrive in the States.

Southend Airport managing director Alastair Welch, said: "We are delighted to welcome Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann to London Southend, offering a fantastic new route and taking the number of destinations available from this airport up to 15 from this summer.

" Dublin is a popular and welcome addition to the services we offer, especially with the very exciting potential for convenient onward journeys to the U.S.A."

Southend Airport plans to start work expanding its passenger terminal this year, after signing a 10-year deal with easyJet. The low-cost airline will start flying to nine destinations from the airport next month.

From Travelmole - www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2000608&c=setreg&region=2
Flights will be operated three times daily initially by a 48 seater ATR-42.

London Area Airports - Dublin is one of the busiest air corridors in Europe and Aer Lingus will offer competition in Essex to Ryanair who are the sole provider from Stansted. It will also offer an attractive option for those visiting the Olympics from Ireland and the USA.
 
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Sounds great :p

I might have to suggest a family weekend break in Dublin during the summer. Southend Airport is (almost) accessible by direct bus from where my mother lives, and Swords to the centre of Dublin isn't that far!

This is from the Southend Standard:

NEW YORK, Orlando and Chicago will be among the American destinations available to passengers flying from Southend Airport.

From May 10, a thrice-daily route will take passengers to Dublin, where they will connect with flights bound for America.

A US Customs base in Dublin Airport will mean passengers can clear immigration while they wait for their connecting flight, allowing them to walk straight off the plane when they land in the US.

The news came as the Government’s Transport Secretary Justine Greening visited the airport’s new terminal.
Apparently the lowest price band is £24.99 (inc. taxes)! The other routes were £39.99 (inc. taxes)...
 

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