Aer Arann cabin crew Sarah Baggott and Kerry Crozier waving the Waterford, Galway and Essex colours at the launch of Aer Arann’s new direct routes from Galway and Waterford to London Southend

(Monday, January 31st 2011) Aer Arann, Ireland’s regional airline, today announced new direct scheduled services between Waterford and Galway and London Southend Airport, marking the opening of Ireland’s new gateway to central London and the English south east.

From March Aer Arann will fly twice a day into London Southend Airport offering excellent access to central London and unrivalled convenience for business and leisure passengers.

With its new direct rail link and speedy and frequent train services, London Southend Airport is Ireland’s new London gateway with a unique service offering that cannot be matched by major London airports.

  • 10 Minutes From Plane to Train with Cabin Baggage
  • 8 Trains Per Hour at Peak Times
  • 50 Minutes to Central London

With morning and evening flights between Galway and Waterford and London Southend Airport, Aer Arann is offering a new competitive choice for the day return or short stay business passenger and the longer stay leisure passenger. Both will benefit from a quick and easy transfer from flight to train with none of the time consuming hassle that is unavoidable when travelling through London’s major airports.

  • Train Direct from London Southend to Liverpool Street – the same station served by the Stansted Express
  • Faster Journey Time Through London Southend Airport
  • Faster Overall Transfer Time to Central London – Train Journey Time Similar to Gatwick and Stansted services and Tube from Heathrow
  • More Trains Per Hour in Peak Times When Flights Arrive
  • Only 20 minutes from Plane to Train with Checked Baggage

In addition to fast and convenient transfer times to central London, passengers will not experience the long take off queues or the delay and hold patterns commonplace on approach to London’s major airports.

The new services will be the first to be operated into London Southend Airport by an Irish commercial airline and will operate in addition to Aer Arann’s Galway and Waterford to London-Luton services under a revised schedule. (See schedule below)

From March 27th, Aer Arann will operate flights, twice a day, morning and evening, from both Galway and Waterford to London Southend Airport offering the fastest and most direct access from the two cities to central London.

Direct flights will operate twice daily seven days per week from Waterford.  Twice daily flights from Galway will operate direct four days per week and on three days a week will operate via Waterford.

Aer Arann will continue to fly four days a week direct from Waterford to London Luton and four days a week from Galway via Waterford to London Luton.

The new routes between Ireland and London Southend Airport are expected to boost both business and tourism travel between the UK and both Galway and Waterford. The two new flights per day open new links from Southend, Essex and the greater London area to Ireland’s regions offering fast, convenient and cost effective travel that will provide a timely boost to the local economies.

Commenting on the announcement Aer Arann, Chief Executive, Paul Schütz said, “This is a very significant announcement for Aer Arann and we are delighted to team up with London Southend Airport to provide our customers with new flights between Ireland and the UK and particularly with central London”.

“We are confident there will be strong demand for these services and that our customers will be very pleased when they experience the unique convenience and direct access to central London. Likewise UK customers will have Ireland on their doorstep with direct access to Galway and Waterford and we look forward to the ongoing development of London Southend Airport and its potential to provide passengers from Ireland with excellent onward connections to Europe”, Mr.Schütz continued.

Alastair Welch, Managing Director Stobart Air and London Southend Airport commented “Aer Arann’s announcement today marks a significant milestone in the development of London Southend Airport.  2011 is a very big year for us with a new railway station and control tower now complete, and a new passenger terminal, runway extension and airport hotel also underway”.

“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 and beyond.  With our new train station the journey from the airport into Liverpool Street – in the heart of the City of London – will take around 50 minutes”.

Stobart Group invested €2.5 million in 2010 to develop the partnership with Aer Arann as part of a five-year agreement between the Group’s Stobart Air division and the Irish airline. The agreement involves the development of domestic and Irish routes in and out of London Southend Airport and airfreight opportunities arising from the partnership. Day-to-day management of the airline remains with Aer Arann, with Stobart Group representation on the Board of Directors.

Stobart Group CEO, Andrew Tinkler, said: “This concludes phase one of our development of London Southend Airport, with the fast introduction of new daily services and greater passenger volumes just weeks after our operating agreement with Aer Arann was announced. We stated then that the primary goal for Stobart was the acceleration of our development plans for London Southend, and today’s announcement demonstrates just that – an excellent New Year kick-start for the airport, with more to come in 2011.”

In addition to central London Aer Arann’s London Southend Airport service also provides leisure passengers with direct access to Southend-on-sea. With seven glorious miles of seafront, the longest pleasure pier in the world and a host of exciting events and festivals throughout the route offers a new holiday destination from Ireland’s west and south east.

Aer Arann flights to London Southend go on sale from today, 31 January and can be booked on www.aerarann.com. With fares starting at just €39.99 one way including taxes.

About Aer Arann:

Aer Arann is Ireland’s regional airline, operating almost 600 flights per week across 37 routes throughout Ireland (/// note 38 routes from May, 656 flights per week), the UK and France under its own brand and as Aer Lingus Regional under a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus. The airline’s fleet currently consists of four ATR 42s and nine ATR 72s. With headquarters located in Dublin, the airline is renowned for its customer service and has 4 bases under its own brand in Dublin, Galway, Waterford, and the Isle of Man. It also has bases under the Aer Lingus Regional brand in Dublin, Cork and Shannon. For further information visit www.aerarann.com.

SEE FLIGHT SCHEDULE BELOW

About  London Southend

London Southend Airport is a long-established regional airport for South East Essex and is the Eastern Gateway to London. A new airport railway station providing fast and frequent train services direct to Stratford (for Docklands and Canary Wharf) and to central London’s Liverpool Street Station will provide its passengers with faster door-to-door times inbound to London than most other London airports – and at lower costs. Southend Airport is already “home base” to a wide range of aviation companies, airlines and operators, with more than 1300 people employed across the airport.

By extending the runway, London Southend Airport will be able to attract airlines operating commercial passenger services to a wide range of business and holiday destinations that cannot currently be served by the airport. The airport is predicting passenger growth to 2 million passengers per year by 2020.

Construction projects required to make London Southend this fully-functioning regional airport by 2012 are all on target to meet their completion dates.

Find out more at www.flysouthend2012.com

From March passenger flights will use the existing terminal at London Southend Airport with transfer facilities available to the train station. London Southend Airport’s new passenger terminal is expected to open in October  2011 when passengers will access the train station with a two minute walk via a covered walkway.

www.southendairport.com.

AER ARANN FLIGHT SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE MARCH 27TH

Morning Service: Waterford Airport to London Southend Airport

Day Flight Depart Arrive Direct Via
Mo, Th, Fr, Su RE 441 0730 0855 Direct
Tu, We RE 401 0800 0925 Direct
Sa Re 401 0900 1025 Direct





 

Morning Service: London Southend Airport to Waterford Airport

Day Flight Depart Arrive Direct Via
Mo, Th, Fr, Su RE 442 0920 1100 Direct
Tu, We RE 402 0950 1130 Direct
Sa Re 402 1050 1230 Direct





 

Evening Service: Waterford Airport to London Southend Airport

Day Flight Depart Arrive Direct Via
Mo, Th, Fr, Su RE 447 1855 2020 Direct
Tu, We RE 407 1835 2000 Direct
Sa RE 407 1600 1725 Direct





 

Evening Service: London Southend Airport to Waterford Airport

Day Flight Depart Arrive Direct Via
Mo, Th, Fr, Su RE 448 2045 2225 Direct
Tu, We RE 408 2025 2205 Direct
Sa RE 408 1750 1930 Direct





 

Morning Service: Galway Airport to London Southend Airport

Day Flight Depart Arrive Direct Via
Mo, Th, Fr RE 401 0700 0850 Direct
Tu, We RE 401 0700 0925 Waterford
Sa RE 401 0800 1025 Waterford
Su RE 401 0800 0950 Direct


 

 

 

Morning Service: London Southend Airport – Galway Airport

Day Flight Depart Arrive Direct Via
Mo, Th, Fr RE 402 0915 1115 Direct
Tu, We RE 402 0950 1230 Waterford
Sa RE 402 1050 1330 Waterford
Su RE 402 1015 1215 Direct

 

 

 

Evening Service: Galway Airport – London Southend Airport

Day Flight Depart Arrive Direct Via
Mo, Th, Fr, Su RE 407 1845 2035 Direct
Tu, We RE 407 1735 2000 Waterford
Sa RE 407 1500 1725 Waterford





 

Evening Service: London Southend Airport – Galway Airport

Day Flight Depart Arrive Direct Via
Mo, Th, Fr, Su RE 408 2100 2300 Direct
Tu, We RE 408 2025 2305 Waterford
Sa RE 408 1750 2030 Waterford





 

Daytime Service: Waterford Airport to London Luton Airport

Day Flight Depart Arrive Direct Via
Mo, Th, Fr, Su RE 503 1400 1520 Direct





Daytime Service: London Luton Airport to Waterford Airport

Day Flight Depart Arrive Direct Via
Mo, Th, Fr, Su RE 504 1545 1715 Direct





Daytime Service: Galway Airport to London Luton Airport

Day Flight Depart Arrive Direct Via
Mo, Th, Fr, Su RE 503 1300 1520 Waterford





Daytime Service: London Luton Airport to Galway Airport

Day Flight Depart Arrive Direct Via
Mo, Th, Fr, Su RE 504 1545 1815 Waterford