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EasyJet launches four new flights from Southend airport

London Southend Airport was ranked Best London airport 2017 by Which? Credit: ITV News Anglia

EasyJet has announced it will operate four new summer flights from Southend Airport next year.

The new routes to Bordeaux, Prague, Dubrovnik and Pula in Croatia means the airline now flies to 20 destinations from the Essex Airport.

  • Bordeaux will start on 25th July and operates three times a week
  • Prague starts on 27 July 2018 and will be twice weekly
  • Dubrovnik starts 28 July 2018 and Pula starts 27 July 2018, which will also operate twice weekly

More than one million passengers travel through the airport every year.

Glyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Aviation that owns London Southend Airport says: “I am sure these new easyJet destinations will prove very popular with passengers from Essex and the South East."

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Southend airport granted controlled airspace to reduce environmental impacts

Around a million passengers a year now use Southend airport in Essex. Credit: London Southend Airport

Controlled airpace is to be reintroduced over Southend airport in Essex after an increase in the flights using the terminal.

The move will further safeguard aircraft on approach to and departure from the airport and minimise distance flown to reduce environmental impacts. The airport now has around 1 million passengers a year.

Southend had controlled airspace until 1993 and when it was lifted aircraft could come within 2.5 miles and 2000 feet of the airport without having to talk to air traffic controllers.

“Safety and security are our number one priority. Controlled Airspace safeguards aircraft when they are approaching and departing the airport. Improving our efficiency by getting aircraft in and out of the airport without alterations and delays will also minimise the impact of the airport on the local community and is better for the environment."

– Jason Ivey, London Southend Airport Operations Director

Plane diverted after lightning strike

A plane with 27 passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing at Southend last night after it was struck by lightning.

The Blue Islands S1718 flight from Jersey to London City was diverted at around 6.30pm.

The ATR 42 plane landed safely and was due to be inspected by engineers. The return flight from to Jersey was cancelled.

Another Blue Islands plane on the same route made an emergency landing at Southend on January 7 amid fears its engine had caught fire.

Safe landing for plane forced to divert to Southend using one engine

A twin engine aircraft carrying 28 passengers has been forced to land at Southend Airport using just one of its engine.

The Blue Islands flight from Jersey had to shut down an engine after what was initially believed to be a fire.

The airline has since said a safety warning and not a fire caused the shutdown.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer.

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