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easyJet expands network with new London Southend base

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easyJet has announced plans to expand its UK network by opening a new base at London Southend Airport in March 2025. This move will create approximately 130 direct jobs for pilots and crew in the UK, along with numerous indirect jobs within easyJet’s largest market.

The opening of the 10th UK base at London Southend will involve the deployment of three 186-seat A320neo aircraft. easyJet already offers international routes from London Southend to popular destinations such as Amsterdam, Geneva, Faro, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, and Paris CDG. Since commencing operations in 2012, the airline has flown over seven million customers from London Southend.

With the addition of more aircraft, easyJet will introduce six new routes from London Southend, including Pisa, Gran Canaria, Dalaman, Antalya, Marrakech, and Enfidha in Tunisia.

easyJet holidays will also be available from London Southend starting 1 May 2025, with package holidays offered seven days a week and flights going on sale in the coming months.

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John Upton , CEO of London Southend Airport, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome an easyJet base to London Southend, supporting and creating hundreds of jobs locally as well as convenient, new and returning connections to many popular leisure and city destinations. This move is indicative of the demand from people in the east of London, Essex and the wider East Anglia region who now have greater opportunities to choose to travel through our well connected, quick and easy airport. easyJet passengers will start their holiday sooner at London Southend as they relax and discover our award-winning terminal experience. Our dedicated on-site rail station is less than one hour from central London; only 43 minutes from Stratford, London with connections to the Elizabeth Line; and only 100 paces from the terminal door.”

The development marks the reopening of easyJet’s base at the London airport after it was shuttered during the pandemic-stricken 2020.

The announcement comes as the airline gears up to operate more UK flights than ever before this summer. Over 57 million seats will be available, marking a 10% increase compared to the previous year. Additionally, easyJet has introduced 70 new routes from the UK, driven by strong consumer demand for its flights and holidays.

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