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(Thursday, 10th May 2012) The first Aer Lingus Regional Dublin to London Southend service was officially launched at Dublin Airport this morning by Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Leo Varadkar TD.
From today, Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann will fly three daily return services between London Southend and Dublinoffering unrivalled convenience for business and leisure passengers.
With its new direct rail link and fast and frequent train services, London Southend Airport is Ireland’s new London gateway, purpose built for passenger convenience:
With direct morning, mid-afternoon and evening flights between Dublin and London Southend Airport, Aer Lingus Regional is offering a new competitive choice for the day return business passenger and the longer-stay leisure passenger. Both will benefit from quick and easy transfers, unrivalled by London’s major airports.
The addition of the new Dublin-London Southend route means that for the first time, air passengers travelling from the East London/Essex region will able to take advantage of transatlantic connections through Dublin on Aer Lingus flights to New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando.
Passengers will also benefit from the unique US Customs and Immigrations pre-clearance facilities at Dublin Airport that will allow them to arrive in the US as domestic passengers.
The new route between London Southendand Dublin is expected to boost both business and tourism travel between East London, Essex and Ireland.
Commenting on the announcement Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD said: “I am delighted to launch this new London Southend to DublinAer Lingus Regionalservice. Great Britain is of huge economic and tourism importance to Ireland. Enhanced connectivity to the British market, in particular London as its capital city, further strengthens tourism and trade links between the two islands, opening up new routes for tourism and jobs.
“A key feature of this new service is that passengers from London Southend will be able to take advantage of transatlantic connections through Dublin on Aer Lingus flights to the USA and also benefit from the US Customs and Immigrations pre-clearance facilities at Dublin Airport. This is a real benefit to the transatlantic services operated at Dublin Airport”, the Minister said.
Sean Brogan, Interim Chief Executive, Aer Arann commented “We are delighted to commence our new Aer Lingus Regional Dublin to London Southend service today. We are confident that there will be strong demand for these services and that our passengers will benefit from the unique convenience and direct access to central London that London Southend Airport has to offer. We look forward to welcoming more and more passengers on board our Aer Lingus Regional flights to London Southend today and into the future.”
Welcoming the new services, Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Commercial Officer, Aer Lingus commented, “Aer Lingus welcomes the introduction of the new service from Dublin to London Southend which enables us to not only expand our route network between Dublin and the UK but will also help to boost traffic on our transatlantic service from Dublin to the USA.”
Oliver Cussen, Acting Chief Executive, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) also welcomed the new Aer Lingus Regional service saying it would offer passengers even greater choice when flying between Dublin and London. “The addition of London Southend means Dublin Airport now has services to six London airports and 24 airports in total throughout the UK.”
Coinciding with today’s launch is the official opening of a new Aer Lingus Regional base at London Southend Airport. From today, a total of 15 Aer Lingus Regional staff including pilots and cabin crew will be permanently located at London Southend.
To mark the celebrations, passengers travelling on the first flight today were treated to refreshments in the departure area prior to boarding.
Flights from Dublin to London Southend start from €25.99 one way including taxes and are available for booking now on www.aerlingus.com.