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    Almeda11 wrote:
    Nebs wrote:
    Levelfield wrote: The Caen, Normandy route is being very strongly advertised and promoted in France and I believe Flybe expect 60% of all passengers to be French visitors to the UK.
    Thats great. Well done to them. As you seem to have the inside knowledge, what are the figures for the other routes?
    You don`t need inside knowledge, just the initiative to COMMUNICATE with Flybe by email/phone and get views/opinions or Figures, easy for anyone who knows how.
    Ben there, done that. Here is a typical question and reply (from the government dept responsible)

    Your Enquiry:
    I was interested to read your publication Overseas Travel And Tourism, Provisional Results Q3 2013.
    My particular interest is in the number of Visits abroad by UK residents (20.6m) and Visits to the UK by overseas residents (9.9m). Do you have figures that are broken down by location or region, my particular interest is Southend Airport and I would like figures for the number of Visits abroad by UK residents and Visits to the UK by overseas residents just from this airport. Do you have the figures please, or if not then can you advise from where they may be obtained?
    Thank you,

    Our Response:
    Hello xxxxxxx.
    I have spoken to the International Passenger Survey team ( IPS ) about your query and they have informed me that they do not collect any data from Southend Airport. I am sorry we could not help you further.

    If you have any other suggestions as to how I might get the data, aside from my current strategy of asking anyone on here who seems to know a bit about it, I would welcome your ideas.

    The problem I find is that the positive spin is published, but when you try and dig a bit deeper you just get met with at best a brick wall or polite decline and at worst insults and abuse. The example here serves the point, there are several new routes published and we get the positive information about one of them, then when you ask about the others it all goes very quiet (although that in itself is generally a good pointer to the answers nobody wants to give you)."
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New flights to Europe are hit for Flybe

New European destinations proving popular

New European destinations proving popular

First published in News
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ALMOST 10,000 tickets have been sold for new routes from Southend Airport.

Flybe, operated by Stobart Air, reports strong interest in routes to Groningen, Muster Osnabruck and Rennes which commence on June 5.

Services to Cologne Bonn, Caen Normandie and Antwerp start on July 3 and from July 10 the Maastricht route will come into operation. Monday was the busiest day yet for advance ticket bookings.

Simon Fagan, chief commercial officer for Stobart Air, said: “With almost 10,000 tickets already sold, we are on course to meet our target of carrying up to 700,000 passengers on our new London Southend routes within three years.

“Weekend bookings are quite popular and we are seeing a surge in weekday bookings as the launch day approaches.”

He added “These three routes are clearly resonating with both business and leisure passengers in Southend. Münster in Germany is a vibrant city that is home to thousands of university students.

Roger Clements, the airport’s managing director, said “We are very encouraged by the growing demand for the three routes commencing on 5 June. This bookings surge proves that London Southend is continuing to become a popular travel hub for both continental and London bound passengers. As the popularity of London Southend grows we hope that these recent route expansions will bring a boost to the economy to the local area.”

A new Flybe route from London Southend to Newquay Cornwall took off on Saturday(17/5). The airline is operating a three times a week summer service through until 27 September.

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