New flight routes from London Southend Airport

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Chisinau…

FLYONE is launching a new flight route from Chisinau to London Southend Airport.
The new route from the capital of Moldova will start on 19 July 2019, with flights operating twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Flights will be operated by an Airbus A319 aircraft. London Southend Airport represents the 12th route to be operated by the airline, which launched in 2016.

Mircea Maleca, General Director of FLYONE said, “By launching direct flights to London, FLYONE intends to offer new horizons to passengers and the opportunity to visit their families and friends as often as possible. We appreciate this collaboration with London Southend Airport, and are convinced that together we will offer passengers a safe, comfortable and affordable flight alternative.”

Glyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend Airport said “London Southend is delighted to welcome FLYONE passengers to our rapidly growing airport. Passengers will be able to take advantage of our fast and efficient terminal and excellent transport links, including a train station next to the airport offering regular trains to the centre of London in under an hour.”

Pretty much all roads in Moldova lead to its wine-and-food loving capital, whose origins date back six centuries to 1420. Chisinau is a city of parks, of street festivals, and of sidewalk cafes where you can enjoy a drink and watch the world go by. A dozen superb wineries are within a 90-minute drive of Chisinau, and the super-central location puts the
entire country within a day trip. Throw in a hip and happening nightlife, and Chisinau ticks off all the boxes for an ideal weekend break.

Tickets can be booked now at www.flyone.md, with prices starting from £69 one-way.

Bulgaria…

A new, twice weekly easyJet route to Sofia from London Southend Airport took off for the first time today (Sunday 16 December 2018).

Flights to the Bulgarian capital city – at 7,000 years, one of the oldest in Europe – are now operating every Sunday and Wednesday (running through until 20 March 2019). The new route is expected to carry over 11,000 passengers this winter.

The first flight to the Bulgarian capital signifies the opening of easyJet’s 21st route from London Southend and comes after an important summer for its expansion strategy, during which it celebrated the launch of the 1000th route across its network.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager at easyJet, said “We are absolutely delighted to announce the inaugural flight of easyJet’s new route between London Southend and Sofia – a route which is expected to be popular amongst those looking to enjoy a short city break in one of the most stunning and historic cities in Europe. The continued expansion of easyJet’s operations at London Southend reinforces its position as Europe’s leading airline and its commitment to providing passengers with a greater range of destinations. easyJet has now been at Southend for over six years and this new route plays a key role in its
overall expansion strategy, offering both low fares and great service.”

Glyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend Airport said “This new destination of Sofia will doubtless prove very popular with passengers from London and the South East. Our successful partnership with easyJet continues to go from strength to strength, and it is great to see that they expect to carry over one million annual passengers to and from the airport for the first time this year. We are now London’s fastest growing airport with a fantastic mix of well over 30 leisure and business destinations for people to explore, with more and more airlines and passengers realising that we are a better way to travel.”

Bulgaria’s laid-back capital is often overlooked by visitors heading straight to the Black Sea coast or the ski resorts, but they’re missing something special. Since the fall of communism, Sofia has seen a whole host of smart new hotels, shopping centres, nightclubs and bars that will keep you going until the early hours, and you’ll still have change in your pocket. One of the newer members of the city break brigade, Sofia is a holiday destination that is definitely here to stay.

Having played host to Romans, Byzantines, Bulgars, Turks and Communists over the years, Sofia has a rich cultural heritage. From grand Russian-style Neo-classical boulevards and Ottoman mosques to 4th century Byzantine basilicas and huge onion-domed cathedrals, Sofia is a culture lover’s paradise -there’s all you could wish for in terms of museums and galleries, with some of the most impressive historic collections in Eastern Europe.

Tickets start from £24.68 per person (one way, including taxes and charges) and can be booked now at www.easyjet.com

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