New flights to Europe are hit for Flybe

New European destinations proving popular

New European destinations proving popular

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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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6:47pm Thu 22 May 14

sesibollox says...

Fantastic news, though very much expected...
Fantastic news, though very much expected... sesibollox
  • Score: -16

7:09pm Thu 22 May 14

Nebs says...

It's nice to hear that the residents of Groningen, Muster Osnabruck, Rennes, Cologne Bonn, Caen Normandie and Antwerp are coming to the UK to spend their hard earned.
It's nice to hear that the residents of Groningen, Muster Osnabruck, Rennes, Cologne Bonn, Caen Normandie and Antwerp are coming to the UK to spend their hard earned. Nebs
  • Score: 3

7:35pm Thu 22 May 14

paintlad3 says...

And there is silly SAEN going on about all the money going out of the town
Get a life!
And there is silly SAEN going on about all the money going out of the town Get a life! paintlad3
  • Score: -10

7:36pm Thu 22 May 14

whateverhappened says...

I have to say some of the timings of the flights are not best suited to weekends away..
I have to say some of the timings of the flights are not best suited to weekends away.. whateverhappened
  • Score: 3

7:40pm Thu 22 May 14

tws123 says...

The Echo obviously forgotten that Cologne/Bonn was dropped and replaced by Maastricht/Aachen.
The Echo obviously forgotten that Cologne/Bonn was dropped and replaced by Maastricht/Aachen. tws123
  • Score: 0

7:58pm Thu 22 May 14

Thames Gateway says...

tws123 wrote:
The Echo obviously forgotten that Cologne/Bonn was dropped and replaced by Maastricht/Aachen.
Or that they need a new stock photo of the elongated terminal!
[quote][p][bold]tws123[/bold] wrote: The Echo obviously forgotten that Cologne/Bonn was dropped and replaced by Maastricht/Aachen.[/p][/quote]Or that they need a new stock photo of the elongated terminal! Thames Gateway
  • Score: 0

8:02pm Thu 22 May 14

jayman says...

Paying the rent that the airport owes to southend council would prove even more popular...
Paying the rent that the airport owes to southend council would prove even more popular... jayman
  • Score: 18

9:59pm Thu 22 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Echo Quote:
"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."

Good news about the new flights but has the Echo has got it wrong re; Cologne-Bonn?

This flight WAS scheduled to fly from July 5th, but was then withdrawn because Ryanair wanted to start Cologne flights from Stansted, and the route was replaced by Masstricht.
l emailed Southend Airport on the 17th April and they have confirmed it.
Would be good if they`ve changed their minds and reintroduced it.
Echo Quote: "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." Good news about the new flights but has the Echo has got it wrong re; Cologne-Bonn? This flight WAS scheduled to fly from July 5th, but was then withdrawn because Ryanair wanted to start Cologne flights from Stansted, and the route was replaced by Masstricht. l emailed Southend Airport on the 17th April and they have confirmed it. Would be good if they`ve changed their minds and reintroduced it. Almeda11
  • Score: -8

11:09pm Thu 22 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

jayman wrote:
Paying the rent that the airport owes to southend council would prove even more popular...
Bang a different drum for once your beginning to be a bore!
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: Paying the rent that the airport owes to southend council would prove even more popular...[/p][/quote]Bang a different drum for once your beginning to be a bore! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -7

11:11pm Thu 22 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Almeda11 wrote:
Echo Quote:
"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."

Good news about the new flights but has the Echo has got it wrong re; Cologne-Bonn?

This flight WAS scheduled to fly from July 5th, but was then withdrawn because Ryanair wanted to start Cologne flights from Stansted, and the route was replaced by Masstricht.
l emailed Southend Airport on the 17th April and they have confirmed it.
Would be good if they`ve changed their minds and reintroduced it.
Copy n paste
The Echo cod learn nothing from you!
[quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: Echo Quote: "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." Good news about the new flights but has the Echo has got it wrong re; Cologne-Bonn? This flight WAS scheduled to fly from July 5th, but was then withdrawn because Ryanair wanted to start Cologne flights from Stansted, and the route was replaced by Masstricht. l emailed Southend Airport on the 17th April and they have confirmed it. Would be good if they`ve changed their minds and reintroduced it.[/p][/quote]Copy n paste The Echo cod learn nothing from you! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 6

1:09am Fri 23 May 14

Nebs says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
jayman wrote:
Paying the rent that the airport owes to southend council would prove even more popular...
Bang a different drum for once your beginning to be a bore!
He makes a valid point. Try not paying your council tax for as long as the rent was due and see what would happen.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: Paying the rent that the airport owes to southend council would prove even more popular...[/p][/quote]Bang a different drum for once your beginning to be a bore![/p][/quote]He makes a valid point. Try not paying your council tax for as long as the rent was due and see what would happen. Nebs
  • Score: 15

1:16am Fri 23 May 14

Nebs says...

paintlad3 wrote:
And there is silly SAEN going on about all the money going out of the town
Get a life!
The country spent 10 years spending money it didn't have. Then the current lot carried on spending with a tighter budget. Now we are encouraging people to take what little they have left, and go and spend it abroad. The airport could be helping the situation by advertising the flights in foreign countries, and getting foreigners to fly here to put something into our economy. Brits spend more abroad than foreigners spend here, this position needs to be reversed.
[quote][p][bold]paintlad3[/bold] wrote: And there is silly SAEN going on about all the money going out of the town Get a life![/p][/quote]The country spent 10 years spending money it didn't have. Then the current lot carried on spending with a tighter budget. Now we are encouraging people to take what little they have left, and go and spend it abroad. The airport could be helping the situation by advertising the flights in foreign countries, and getting foreigners to fly here to put something into our economy. Brits spend more abroad than foreigners spend here, this position needs to be reversed. Nebs
  • Score: 11

7:49am Fri 23 May 14

paintlad3 says...

thats what there doing advertising abroad!
thats what there doing advertising abroad! paintlad3
  • Score: -2

9:17am Fri 23 May 14

Levelfield says...

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.
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. Levelfield
  • Score: -4

9:46am Fri 23 May 14

RichardAC says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
jayman wrote:
Paying the rent that the airport owes to southend council would prove even more popular...
Bang a different drum for once your beginning to be a bore!
what do you mean beginning
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: Paying the rent that the airport owes to southend council would prove even more popular...[/p][/quote]Bang a different drum for once your beginning to be a bore![/p][/quote]what do you mean beginning RichardAC
  • Score: -7

12:37pm Fri 23 May 14

Nebs says...

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?
[quote][p][bold]Levelfield[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]Thats great. Well done to them. As you seem to have the inside knowledge, what are the figures for the other routes? Nebs
  • Score: 0

4:58pm Fri 23 May 14

jolllyboy says...

No BBQs this summer then - unless you want to hold no conversations in the bridgwater drive area !
No BBQs this summer then - unless you want to hold no conversations in the bridgwater drive area ! jolllyboy
  • Score: 11

6:01pm Fri 23 May 14

tophat27dt says...

jolllyboy wrote:
No BBQs this summer then - unless you want to hold no conversations in the bridgwater drive area !
More likely to be the unreliable weather that will affect your BBQ evenings than two turboprop departures!
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: No BBQs this summer then - unless you want to hold no conversations in the bridgwater drive area ![/p][/quote]More likely to be the unreliable weather that will affect your BBQ evenings than two turboprop departures! tophat27dt
  • Score: -3

10:05pm Fri 23 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Almeda11 wrote: Echo Quote: "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." Good news about the new flights but has the Echo has got it wrong re; Cologne-Bonn? This flight WAS scheduled to fly from July 5th, but was then withdrawn because Ryanair wanted to start Cologne flights from Stansted, and the route was replaced by Masstricht. l emailed Southend Airport on the 17th April and they have confirmed it. Would be good if they`ve changed their minds and reintroduced it.
Copy n paste The Echo cod learn nothing from you!
What`s your problem, you`ve got a HUGE chip on your shoulder, and obviously, like all keyboard cowards, you wouldn`t dare say anything to my face.
I don`t understand, or want to particularly understand the mentality of someone like you, who seems to get a kick out of saying nasty things to a person they`ve never even met !! you are unbelievable.

There was NOTHING wrong with my post, but l wouldn`t mind betting you and your moronic like minded cronies gang up together like the sheep you are to give me the thumbs down, yet you haven`t got the bottle to communicate rationally and say what it is you didn`t like. PATHETIC.

l feel sorry for pathetic, non communicative people like you, but l WILL NOT be bullied or coerced into anything,so l hope you understand the message, and any more unnecessary and nasty comments, to someone you don`t even know WILL be reported. You are picking, or rather attempting to pick, on the wrong one here l can assure you.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: Echo Quote: "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." Good news about the new flights but has the Echo has got it wrong re; Cologne-Bonn? This flight WAS scheduled to fly from July 5th, but was then withdrawn because Ryanair wanted to start Cologne flights from Stansted, and the route was replaced by Masstricht. l emailed Southend Airport on the 17th April and they have confirmed it. Would be good if they`ve changed their minds and reintroduced it.[/p][/quote]Copy n paste The Echo cod learn nothing from you![/p][/quote]What`s your problem, you`ve got a HUGE chip on your shoulder, and obviously, like all keyboard cowards, you wouldn`t dare say anything to my face. I don`t understand, or want to particularly understand the mentality of someone like you, who seems to get a kick out of saying nasty things to a person they`ve never even met !! you are unbelievable. There was NOTHING wrong with my post, but l wouldn`t mind betting you and your moronic like minded cronies gang up together like the sheep you are to give me the thumbs down, yet you haven`t got the bottle to communicate rationally and say what it is you didn`t like. PATHETIC. l feel sorry for pathetic, non communicative people like you, but l WILL NOT be bullied or coerced into anything,so l hope you understand the message, and any more unnecessary and nasty comments, to someone you don`t even know WILL be reported. You are picking, or rather attempting to pick, on the wrong one here l can assure you. Almeda11
  • Score: -9

10:12pm Fri 23 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Almeda11 wrote: Echo Quote: "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." Good news about the new flights but has the Echo has got it wrong re; Cologne-Bonn? This flight WAS scheduled to fly from July 5th, but was then withdrawn because Ryanair wanted to start Cologne flights from Stansted, and the route was replaced by Masstricht. l emailed Southend Airport on the 17th April and they have confirmed it. Would be good if they`ve changed their minds and reintroduced it.
Copy n paste The Echo cod learn nothing from you!
And learn to spell, it`s could, not COD, as in fish, and yes, they could actually, l`m just saying what others on here are saying, that the Cologne flight was REPLACED and is now non functional. The Echo made a mistake, clear now?
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: Echo Quote: "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." Good news about the new flights but has the Echo has got it wrong re; Cologne-Bonn? This flight WAS scheduled to fly from July 5th, but was then withdrawn because Ryanair wanted to start Cologne flights from Stansted, and the route was replaced by Masstricht. l emailed Southend Airport on the 17th April and they have confirmed it. Would be good if they`ve changed their minds and reintroduced it.[/p][/quote]Copy n paste The Echo cod learn nothing from you![/p][/quote]And learn to spell, it`s could, not COD, as in fish, and yes, they could actually, l`m just saying what others on here are saying, that the Cologne flight was REPLACED and is now non functional. The Echo made a mistake, clear now? Almeda11
  • Score: -4

10:17pm Fri 23 May 14

Almeda11 says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Levelfield[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]Thats great. Well done to them. As you seem to have the inside knowledge, what are the figures for the other routes?[/p][/quote]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. Almeda11
  • Score: -3

8:34am Sat 24 May 14

Nebs says...

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:
Hi,
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.
Regards
Chris

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).
[quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Levelfield[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]Thats great. Well done to them. As you seem to have the inside knowledge, what are the figures for the other routes?[/p][/quote]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.[/p][/quote]Ben there, done that. Here is a typical question and reply (from the government dept responsible) Your Enquiry: Hi, 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. Regards Chris 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). Nebs
  • Score: 10

9:47am Sat 24 May 14

RobertFS says...

i wish that Flybe or Easyjet would fly to Jerez. it would save going to Stansted
i wish that Flybe or Easyjet would fly to Jerez. it would save going to Stansted RobertFS
  • Score: -7

1:51pm Sat 24 May 14

tophat27dt says...

I guess Flybe will be serving destinations closer to Southend, whereas Easyjet seem to be cutting back their destinations (Edinburgh and Krakow will end) this summer. There was no explanation as to why because I understand the loads on Krakow were very good. It's an important like between UK and Poland, not to mentionthe beautiful city of Krakow.
I guess Flybe will be serving destinations closer to Southend, whereas Easyjet seem to be cutting back their destinations (Edinburgh and Krakow will end) this summer. There was no explanation as to why because I understand the loads on Krakow were very good. It's an important like between UK and Poland, not to mentionthe beautiful city of Krakow. tophat27dt
  • Score: -2

5:21pm Sat 24 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Nebs wrote:
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: Hi, 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. Regards Chris 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).
Nebs, this should interest you, it`s a quote from the Echo, on 24th Jan `14, on potential flights in the future, and the spokesperson says they are in ongoing talks with different airlines!

QUOTE:
MORE routes could be coming soon to Southend Airport after bosses admitted they were in discussions with “potential new partners”.

Planes currently jet off to 15 European destinations from the airport, but speculation has been raised that new routes to Denmark, Romania and Turkey could be on the horizon.

Industry website Anna Aero - airline network news and analysis - has listed five new potential routes for the airport to Copenhagen in Denmark, Frankfurt in Germany, Glasgow, Madrid in Spain and Zurich in Switzerland. Another website, therouteshop.com, which markets potential routes to airlines, has gone further and listed Nice in France, Munich in Germany, Budapest in Hungary, Dalaman and Antalya in Turkey, Rome in Italy, Lanzarote, Mahon in Menorca, Bucharest in Romania and Gibraltar as potential destinations" UNQUOTE.

Apart from Anna Aero, there is another very good website called
therouteshop.com , and both give information on flights, sometimes l think before Southend Airport, would, although Southend Airport always publish their " latest News" online. Hope this helps, regards, Almeda.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Levelfield[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]Thats great. Well done to them. As you seem to have the inside knowledge, what are the figures for the other routes?[/p][/quote]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.[/p][/quote]Ben there, done that. Here is a typical question and reply (from the government dept responsible) Your Enquiry: Hi, 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. Regards Chris 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).[/p][/quote]Nebs, this should interest you, it`s a quote from the Echo, on 24th Jan `14, on potential flights in the future, and the spokesperson says they are in ongoing talks with different airlines! QUOTE: MORE routes could be coming soon to Southend Airport after bosses admitted they were in discussions with “potential new partners”. Planes currently jet off to 15 European destinations from the airport, but speculation has been raised that new routes to Denmark, Romania and Turkey could be on the horizon. Industry website Anna Aero - airline network news and analysis - has listed five new potential routes for the airport to Copenhagen in Denmark, Frankfurt in Germany, Glasgow, Madrid in Spain and Zurich in Switzerland. Another website, therouteshop.com, which markets potential routes to airlines, has gone further and listed Nice in France, Munich in Germany, Budapest in Hungary, Dalaman and Antalya in Turkey, Rome in Italy, Lanzarote, Mahon in Menorca, Bucharest in Romania and Gibraltar as potential destinations" UNQUOTE. Apart from Anna Aero, there is another very good website called therouteshop.com , and both give information on flights, sometimes l think before Southend Airport, would, although Southend Airport always publish their " latest News" online. Hope this helps, regards, Almeda. Almeda11
  • Score: -5

7:39pm Sat 24 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Nebs wrote:
paintlad3 wrote: And there is silly SAEN going on about all the money going out of the town Get a life!
The country spent 10 years spending money it didn't have. Then the current lot carried on spending with a tighter budget. Now we are encouraging people to take what little they have left, and go and spend it abroad. The airport could be helping the situation by advertising the flights in foreign countries, and getting foreigners to fly here to put something into our economy. Brits spend more abroad than foreigners spend here, this position needs to be reversed.
Nebs, l have friends in Germany and they have already heard of the flights from there to Southend and are very pleased about it.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paintlad3[/bold] wrote: And there is silly SAEN going on about all the money going out of the town Get a life![/p][/quote]The country spent 10 years spending money it didn't have. Then the current lot carried on spending with a tighter budget. Now we are encouraging people to take what little they have left, and go and spend it abroad. The airport could be helping the situation by advertising the flights in foreign countries, and getting foreigners to fly here to put something into our economy. Brits spend more abroad than foreigners spend here, this position needs to be reversed.[/p][/quote]Nebs, l have friends in Germany and they have already heard of the flights from there to Southend and are very pleased about it. Almeda11
  • Score: -3

7:48pm Sat 24 May 14

Almeda11 says...

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.
Completely agree with you and Paintlad. lt should be obvious that the routes are a two way thing, people in Southend are told which flights fly to where and the people in those destinations are obviously told similar, that the Caen/Rennes/ Maastricht ect, ect are flying to Southend.
[quote][p][bold]Levelfield[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you and Paintlad. lt should be obvious that the routes are a two way thing, people in Southend are told which flights fly to where and the people in those destinations are obviously told similar, that the Caen/Rennes/ Maastricht ect, ect are flying to Southend. Almeda11
  • Score: -9

9:40pm Sat 24 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Almeda11 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.
Completely agree with you and Paintlad. lt should be obvious that the routes are a two way thing, people in Southend are told which flights fly to where and the people in those destinations are obviously told similar, that the Caen/Rennes/ Maastricht ect, ect are flying to Southend.
Why all the thumbs down? it`s TRUE , and OBVIOUS to anyone with any intelligence, seems to be the season of the dimwits on heretonight.

lf you don`t agree at least have THE GUTS to say why, but no, you cowards DON`T have the guts, do you, so stick to your little anonymous keyboards, and carry on hiding behind them, pathetic bunch of ----------- !!!

Now THAT`S put the cat among the pigeons, l`m waiting, give me REASONS WHY, if you can !!!!
[quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Levelfield[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you and Paintlad. lt should be obvious that the routes are a two way thing, people in Southend are told which flights fly to where and the people in those destinations are obviously told similar, that the Caen/Rennes/ Maastricht ect, ect are flying to Southend.[/p][/quote]Why all the thumbs down? it`s TRUE , and OBVIOUS to anyone with any intelligence, seems to be the season of the dimwits on heretonight. lf you don`t agree at least have THE GUTS to say why, but no, you cowards DON`T have the guts, do you, so stick to your little anonymous keyboards, and carry on hiding behind them, pathetic bunch of ----------- !!! Now THAT`S put the cat among the pigeons, l`m waiting, give me REASONS WHY, if you can !!!! Almeda11
  • Score: -7

1:00pm Sun 25 May 14

Levelfield says...

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.
Actually you won't get that sort of information from Flybe at all.
I have a lot of contacts in Normandy having lived there for 9 years, so that's how I know how well Caen are promoting the route.
A great place to visit by the way with the Normandy D-Day beaches and sites, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, fantastic countryside and food plus very friendly people.
[quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Levelfield[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]Thats great. Well done to them. As you seem to have the inside knowledge, what are the figures for the other routes?[/p][/quote]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.[/p][/quote]Actually you won't get that sort of information from Flybe at all. I have a lot of contacts in Normandy having lived there for 9 years, so that's how I know how well Caen are promoting the route. A great place to visit by the way with the Normandy D-Day beaches and sites, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, fantastic countryside and food plus very friendly people. Levelfield
  • Score: 2

3:00pm Sun 25 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Levelfield wrote:
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.
Actually you won't get that sort of information from Flybe at all. I have a lot of contacts in Normandy having lived there for 9 years, so that's how I know how well Caen are promoting the route. A great place to visit by the way with the Normandy D-Day beaches and sites, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, fantastic countryside and food plus very friendly people.
Certainly sounds better than here !!
[quote][p][bold]Levelfield[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Levelfield[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]Thats great. Well done to them. As you seem to have the inside knowledge, what are the figures for the other routes?[/p][/quote]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.[/p][/quote]Actually you won't get that sort of information from Flybe at all. I have a lot of contacts in Normandy having lived there for 9 years, so that's how I know how well Caen are promoting the route. A great place to visit by the way with the Normandy D-Day beaches and sites, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, fantastic countryside and food plus very friendly people.[/p][/quote]Certainly sounds better than here !! Almeda11
  • Score: -3

3:10pm Sun 25 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Almeda11 wrote:
Levelfield wrote:
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.
Actually you won't get that sort of information from Flybe at all. I have a lot of contacts in Normandy having lived there for 9 years, so that's how I know how well Caen are promoting the route. A great place to visit by the way with the Normandy D-Day beaches and sites, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, fantastic countryside and food plus very friendly people.
Certainly sounds better than here !!
ps, l also have spent time abroad, in Germany, and already people there have heard about Southend Airport. From where l do not know, but they have their Reiseburos there, ie travel agents, so are very clued up on what`s going on.
Got the thumbs down just for mentioning that l had friends in Germany, just what is the matter with some people in Southend, totally ignorant, spiteful, and immature, sorry to say, but true.
As said, certainly sounds better than here, Germany too, a fantastic country, they, and France are my two favourite places in Europe.
[quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Levelfield[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Levelfield[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]Thats great. Well done to them. As you seem to have the inside knowledge, what are the figures for the other routes?[/p][/quote]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.[/p][/quote]Actually you won't get that sort of information from Flybe at all. I have a lot of contacts in Normandy having lived there for 9 years, so that's how I know how well Caen are promoting the route. A great place to visit by the way with the Normandy D-Day beaches and sites, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, fantastic countryside and food plus very friendly people.[/p][/quote]Certainly sounds better than here !![/p][/quote]ps, l also have spent time abroad, in Germany, and already people there have heard about Southend Airport. From where l do not know, but they have their Reiseburos there, ie travel agents, so are very clued up on what`s going on. Got the thumbs down just for mentioning that l had friends in Germany, just what is the matter with some people in Southend, totally ignorant, spiteful, and immature, sorry to say, but true. As said, certainly sounds better than here, Germany too, a fantastic country, they, and France are my two favourite places in Europe. Almeda11
  • Score: -3

4:33pm Sun 25 May 14

tophat27dt says...

the thumbs downs come from the anti-airport mob who have multi log-ins...they are pathetic people...please ignore it. I have asked the Echo many times to delete this ridiculous part of the forum, but they always ignore me (or perhaps they are the thumbs up and down operators!!)
the thumbs downs come from the anti-airport mob who have multi log-ins...they are pathetic people...please ignore it. I have asked the Echo many times to delete this ridiculous part of the forum, but they always ignore me (or perhaps they are the thumbs up and down operators!!) tophat27dt
  • Score: -6

9:58pm Sun 25 May 14

Almeda11 says...

tophat27dt wrote:
the thumbs downs come from the anti-airport mob who have multi log-ins...they are pathetic people...please ignore it. I have asked the Echo many times to delete this ridiculous part of the forum, but they always ignore me (or perhaps they are the thumbs up and down operators!!)
Completely agree with your comment, and l will ignore them, they are not worth the time of day.

l have been thinking of not contributing anymorw due to the mentality of certain people on here.

lf the Echo are as you say, and l wouldn`t put it past them then it is shameful, anything for a cheap laugh, but not at MY expense! Trouble is, if l feel strongly about something, l can`t keep my mouth shut, and l always stand up for what l believe in, or if l feel something is unjust, but everybody has their limits.
Nice to know though that there are some intelligent people on here, seems they`re a dying breed in Southend -- and now l await the onslaught of thumbs down, but you know I DON`T CARE !!!
[quote][p][bold]tophat27dt[/bold] wrote: the thumbs downs come from the anti-airport mob who have multi log-ins...they are pathetic people...please ignore it. I have asked the Echo many times to delete this ridiculous part of the forum, but they always ignore me (or perhaps they are the thumbs up and down operators!!)[/p][/quote]Completely agree with your comment, and l will ignore them, they are not worth the time of day. l have been thinking of not contributing anymorw due to the mentality of certain people on here. lf the Echo are as you say, and l wouldn`t put it past them then it is shameful, anything for a cheap laugh, but not at MY expense! Trouble is, if l feel strongly about something, l can`t keep my mouth shut, and l always stand up for what l believe in, or if l feel something is unjust, but everybody has their limits. Nice to know though that there are some intelligent people on here, seems they`re a dying breed in Southend -- and now l await the onslaught of thumbs down, but you know I DON`T CARE !!! Almeda11
  • Score: -5

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