Flights from Southend to Lyon will operate weekly throughout this winter, starting 12th December 2015. Tickets are on sale from today from £21.49 per person one-way.
Responding to the announcement, Southend Airport owner Stobart said that the target is to handle 2.5 million passengers a year from Southend by 2018. Last month Stobart reported that the airport had served 1.09m passengers in the year to February 28.
A statement from Stobart added: “It is typical for an airline to increase and decrease the number of flights it runs from an airport in order to determine what the optimum capacity is for a particular route.
“London Southend Airport is currently working through this process with easyJet, and this has resulted in a short term fall in passenger numbers.
“In the three months to May 31, passenger numbers decreased by 58,000 year-on-year to 231,000, but each flight has more passengers on it, and revenue per passenger increased during the period.
“This is a direct result of the work the airport has been performing with easyJet to ensure they achieve optimum capacity on existing flights and are confident to build new routes.
“This growing relationship means that new routes should be announced over the coming months and has been demonstrated by easyJet’s announcement today that it will launch a new route to Lyon from London Southend..”
Earlier this month Adria Airways also started a new service to Maribor in Slovenia three times a week from London Southend Airport.
Visit the easyJet website here to view the latest holiday offers.