The Italian Job – Aeroitalia to launch London Southend ops
On the back of the airport’s busiest winter for the last four years, London Southend Airport (LSA) recently announced a six-times weekly service to Milan Bergamo with the second largest Italian airline, Aeroitalia. Flights begin on 25 March and will be operated by one of the airline’s seven 189-seat B737-800s.
“The London-Italy market is still down significantly in terms of capacity versus 2019 figures and Aeroitalia is looking to help fill that gap,” says Nigel Mayes Business Development Director at LSA. “Securing our fourth operator – adding to existing partners easyJet, Balkan Holidays and Inghams – is an important step forward for us as we kick off 2024.”
Please mind the gap
Mayes is in Turin this week to exploit the capacity gaps that exists in other London markets. “Milan was just one of several major London markets we have identified as having a lot less seats on sale than they did in 2019. Surprisingly, destinations like Barcelona, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Budapest, Rome and Prague are all still well down in terms of capacity. We’re here at CONNECT to help provide a solution to this shortfall, particularly as London capacity reaches saturation again.”
LON capacity crisis…not @LSA
As the city’s airports continue to move towards full recovery, available slots across London are becoming scarce. This puts LSA in a unique position as a pivotal gateway to the city. “London is full,” explains Mayes. “If you want to grow in the world’s biggest aviation market or you are currently not present in London, we are the only show in town.”
LSA also prides itself on offering the lowest airport charges in the London area. In addition to these cost savings, the airport also manages its own handling and fuel services – it’s one-stop-shop approach ensures further cost efficiency and smooth operations.
The airport offers another key advantage, with its own train station located just 100 steps from the aircraft door. Such proximity between the aircraft and the station is a luxury rarely found at London’s other airports. “Seven minutes after disembarking from your flight, you can find yourself on a train heading to London and stepping out into the city in just 43 minutes,” concludes Mayes.