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150 jobs have been created as no frills airline Easyjet announce flights from Southend Airport.
The Airport is due to open this Autumn, with Easyjet there from April 2012.
There will be 70 flights per week and we'll be able to fly to ten different European destinations including Barcelona, Faro and Ibiza.
The 10-year partnership between airport owners Stobart Group and Easyjet will see three A319 aircraft based at the Essex terminal in summer 2012.
The new jobs will be a mixture of cabin crew, pilots and ground staff.
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London Southend Airport's Managing Director, Alastair Welch says "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. 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. A new hotel will open in 2012."
EasyJet's Customer and Revenue Director Catherine Lynn says "We are excited to be opening London Southend as easyJet's 20th base airport. 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 next year."