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London Southend Airport celebrates new Amsterdam route with inaugural flight

London Southend Airport celebrated its inaugural easyJet flights to Amsterdam on Wednesday, May 24, as well as a restart of flights to Faro.

Flights to the Netherlands and Portugal complete the full summer schedule of routes from London Southend – Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, two popular Spanish destinations, have been in operation since March.

easyJet passengers chose the perfect day to #FlyLondonSouthend as the award-winning airport celebrated the Faro restart and first Amsterdam flight with a performance from The Music Man Project, a music education charity for people with learning disabilities, at check-in as well as a live DJ set in Departures.

Airport colleagues were distributing tulip cupcakes and gouda cheese and chutney in a synonymous nod to the Netherlands as passengers were invited to pose for a photo in the airport’s dedicated selfie corner, The Snug.

Meanwhile, a Facebook livestream hosted by SDTV Spotter Dedicated TV was broadcast from the Air Traffic Control Tower.

Flights to Amsterdam will operate up to four times a week throughout summer – departing Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – and with an extra flight to Faro added to the schedule, easyJet’s operations at London Southend has now increased by 30% compared to Summer 2022 with up to 18 flights per week.

Passengers in the east of London and southeast England can use the route to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to connect to more than 300 destinations, and with return flights in June costing less than £70, it’s the perfect opportunity for a short city break, business trip or steppingstone to the rest of the world.

CEO of London Southend Airport John Upton said: “I’m delighted at the efforts here at London Southend today to make the first flight a roaring success. Passengers can now make global connections from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to destinations across the world.

“Lots of people will see the benefit of a hassle-free route through London Southend to Amsterdam with our queue- free security and quick, easy access direct from London Liverpool Street at only 53 minutes by train or from Stratford, London’s busiest station, in only 43 minutes to our dedicated onsite train station, just 100 paces from the terminal.

“The restart to Faro and an additional flight per week demonstrates the popularity of the Portuguese summer favourite in the Algarve.”

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the launch of our new route between London Southend and Amsterdam today. The new route is set to be popular with business and leisure passengers alike and we’re excited to see the first flights take off today. The addition of Amsterdam, joining Malaga, Faro and Palma as easyJet destinations from London Southend enables us to provide our customers with an even wider range of fantastic beach and city routes across Europe.

“We remain committed to strengthening our unrivalled short-haul network and providing affordable and convenient connections for our customers across the UK, all with great value fares and the warm welcome that our crew are famous for.”

About London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport, ranked the best London airport by consumer group Which? six times and voted the best UK airport (under three million capacity) by the Airport Operator’s Association in 2019. 

Serving close to 2.3 million passengers in 2019, London Southend offered services to around 40 domestic and European cities. The terminal has its own railway station, less than 100 paces from the main entrance, with up to six trains an hour at peak times to central London, taking just 52 minutes to Liverpool Street and 43 minutes from Stratford. All airport car parks are located minutes from the terminal entrance.