Simple Flying - Luke Bodell

London Southend Airport has found it difficult to attract new routes - understandable given the fierce competition from other London airports.

It came as a disappointment to many when easyJet failed to add any new routes to its summer schedule from London Southend Airport (SEN) next year. The budget carrier, which returned to SEN this summer, recently announced it will again serve Southend over Summer 2023 with flights to Faro, Malaga and Majorca.

With Wizz Air and Ryanair departing the airport in 2021, SEN has only been able to entice easyJet back thus far with a limited seasonal schedule to Spain and Portugal. 

easyJet operated flights to dozens of destinations out of SEN for almost a decade until it exited in the summer of 2021 due to the pandemic. The carrier will offer six weekly flights to Malaga, four to Majorca and two to Faro until the end of October, with more of the same to return from March 2023.

The lack of aircraft based at the airport has been put forward as a major reason behind the dearth of flight options.

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