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easyJet to launch services from London Southend Airport

easyJet, today, announces that it will begin operating from London Southend Airport from April 2012. The UK’s largest airline will open its newest base with three A319 aircraft, over 150 employees and with around 800,000 passengers expected to fly in the first year.

There will be 70 easyJet flights per week and passengers will have a choice of around ten different European destinations including Barcelona, Faro and Ibiza. Tickets will go on sale at the end of July.

London Southend Airport, with a multi million pound brand new terminal opening in autumn 2011, will be easyJet’s eleventh UK base and is located within a minute’s walk from a new train station with superb links into London. easyJet has signed a ten year partnership agreement with Stobart Group, owners of the airport.

Catherine Lynn, easyJet’s Customer and Revenue Director, said: “We are excited to be opening London Southend as easyJet’s 20th base airport. The airport is in a fantastic location just outside London with a fast rail link into the city. This is a unique opportunity to offer a world class customer experience, with passengers able to get from the plane to the train in 15 minutes.

“Through offering easy and affordable travel, we expect the new routes to appeal to customers in Essex and London looking for a convenient new departure point for many top European destinations. We also believe that the European city links will also attract a high number of inbound business and leisure passengers to London next year.

London Southend Airport managing director, Alastair Welch, said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with easyJet, servicing a comprehensive variety of routes into Europe and hot on the heels of other significant developments at London Southend. This summer we open a dedicated railway station with up to eight services an hour to Stratford - site of the 2012 games, and to London Liverpool Street, both in well under an hour.

“A new state-of-the-art control tower is now operational, work on our runway extension is underway, as is a new terminal building to be completed this autumn, and a new hotel that will open in 2012.”

“All this makes London Southend an ideal gateway for both business and leisure travel across Europe, and puts us right on track for our target of serving over two million passengers annually."


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Notes to editors:

About easyJet

easyJet operates Europe's No. 1 air transport network with a leading presence on Europe’s top 100 routes and at Europe’s 50 largest airports. easyJet flies on more than 550 routes between 130 airports in 30 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour’s drive of an easyJet airport, more than any other airline.

The airline takes sustainability seriously. easyJet invests in the latest technology, operates efficiently and fills most of its seats which means that an easyJet passenger’s carbon footprint is 22% less than a passenger on a traditional airline flying on the same route.

About Stobart Group
Stobart Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange in the FTSE250 (LSE:STOB). Operating from over 40 sites across the UK and Europe, Stobart Group is a UK front-runner in the multimodal logistics, warehousing, civil engineering, rail infrastructure and biomass fuel sectors. At the core of the Group is the Stobart Transport and Distribution division, incorporating Eddie Stobart – the iconic name behind a huge road haulage fleet totalling some 2,250 tractor units and over six million square feet of warehousing. Stobart Estates, Stobart Infrastructure and Civils, Stobart Air and Stobart Biomass divisions complete the Group’s corporate structure.

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