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All about that base! easyJet to reopen London Southend base

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easyJet UK Country Manager Ali Gayward (centre) celebrates with London Southend Airport Business Development Director Nigel Mayes (right) and Route Development Manager Marc Watkins (left) the news that the LCC will open a three-aircraft base – its 10th in the UK – next summer at the London facility.

Starting in S25, easyJet will reopen its base at London Southend Airport (LSA) – its 10th in the UK – with the LCC initially committing to a three-aircraft operation. The airline, which currently flies inbound from seven destinations to the London facility, has initially launched six additional routes – Las Palmas, Antalya, Dalaman, Pisa, Marrakech and Enfidha from 1 May 2025 – with more destinations to be added shortly.

The return of easyJet next summer will see the airline carry at least 750,000 passengers from LSA in 2025 and it also means that the airport will take another significant next step on its traffic recovery path.

“We’re thrilled to welcome back an easyJet base to London Southend, with the opportunity of launching flights to some destinations never operated from here before, as well as the return of previously served connections to popular leisure and city destinations,” says Nigel Mayes, Business Development Director at London Southend Airport. The airline’s network from LSA is expected to be revealed in the coming months as easyJet completes its S25 planning cycle. “Clearly easyJet has reacted in a very positive way to the demand it has experienced from the people in Southend, the east of London, Essex and the wider East Anglia region,” continues Mayes “and because London’s capacity is filling quickly, easyJet has reacted and is committing to taking a share of what remains available.”

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Improved schedules

“One of the critical benefits of having based aircraft at London Southend again is the expected improvement of the carrier’s schedule on some of our existing trunk sunshine routes to Alicante, Palma, Faro and Malaga – making our existing customers very happy,” adds Mayes. easyJet intends to use its 186-seat A320neos at the base and expects to create 130 direct jobs and support many other indirect jobs. “Passengers on the new easyJet services will be able to use our dedicated on-site rail station, only 100 paces from the terminal door,” explains Mayes. “From there it is 52 minutes to central London; only 43 minutes to Stratford, London which offers connections to the Elizabeth Line.”

New owners

The easyJet base news comes just after the ownership transfer of London Southend Airport to Carlyle Global Infrastructure and Cyrus Capital Partners, bringing with it this expediated growth and future financial stability that will unlock the airport’s full potential.

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