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easyJet to Open 10th UK Base at London Southend Airport From March 2025

From March 2025, easyJet will open a new base at London Southend Airport, their 10th UK base.  The carrier will base three airbus A320neos at the airport, and will launch six new routes to popular leisure destinations for summer 2025.

easyJet Announces the Opening of a new Base at London Southend Airport From March 2025, Their 10th UK Base - Courtesy easyJet

On Thursday (May 16, 2024), easyJet announced that they will open their 10th UK base at London Southend Airport in March 2025.  The carrier will base two Airbus A320neos at the airport and the investment is expected to create approximately 130 direct jobs for pilots and cabin crew, and will support many more indirect jobs.  Currently, easyJet offers international routes from London Southend to popular beach and city break destinations, including Amsterdam, Geneva, Faro, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and Paris.  The newly based aircraft at London Southend will enable the carrier to launch six new routes to Pisa, Gran Canaria, Dalaman, Antalya, Marrakesh and Enfidha.

In Thursday’s announcement, easyJet’s CEO, Johan Lundgren, said,

“We are delighted to be announcing another three-aircraft base in the UK, at London Southend Airport. This will create hundreds of jobs and provide more choice for consumers with new routes and package holidays.  Our continued growth and investment in the UK highlights the importance of the market where this year we will operate more flying than ever before with our customers choosing our flights and holidays because of our trusted brand, unrivalled network and great value fares.”

Also commenting on easyJet’s new base, London Southend Airport’s CEO, John Upton, 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 UK is easyJet’s largest market, which provides 56 percent of all of the carrier’s passengers flying to/from the UK.  This year, easyJet will offer over 57 million seats in the UK market, a 10 percent increase versus 2023, and the airline has also launched 70 new UK routes.  easyJet is the largest UK leisure airline, and employs over 10,000 team members across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  London Southend will become easyJet’s 10th UK base, joining London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Belfast.  easyJet now serves 21 UK airports, and offers service on over 500 routes from the UK to over 120 destinations in 30 countries across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

easyJet serves over 155 airports across 35 countries and operates nearly 1,000 routes.  The airline has a fleet of more than 300 aircraft, and over 300 million Europeans live within an hour’s drive of an airport served by easyJet.  During 2023, easyJet carried more than 82 million passengers.  The popular low-cost carrier (LCC) is dedicated to innovation and leads the industry in digital, web, engineering and operational efficiencies.  In 2022, easyJet published their roadmap to net zero by 2050, which features a range of initiatives, including fleet renewal, operational efficiencies, airspace modernization, SAF and carbon removal technology.


Source: easyJet


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