Encouraged by the prospect of fast and frequent rail services to London from the purpose built station at London Southend Airport, Aer Arann is starting daily flights to and from Waterford and Galway in March.
Says Alastair Welch, managing director of Stobart Air which owns London Southend Airport, ‘This is a significant milestone in London Southend Airport’s development, the first new daily passenger service since Stobart Group took ownership two years ago.
‘It also marks the completion of phase one of our transformation of the airport, heralding exciting and busy times ahead. 2011 is a very big year for London Southend, with a new airport railway station now complete and gearing up to be fully operational in the coming weeks. A new control tower is also now ready, construction of a new passenger terminal underway and work on the runway extension and new airport hotel is due to start later this year.
‘This is the year London Southend Airport goes on the international air travel map as a fast, friendly and hassle-free new gateway to London. With the new railway station soon to be fully operational, we will be about 50 minutes by train from Liverpool Street, right in the heart of the City of London.’