Two more airlines are set to join EasyJet as the expansion of Southend Airport is reaching second gear. The Southend Echo are reporting today that Join Airlines and ViaTriskel both have ambitious plans to run flights out of London’s sixth airport.
The Dutch airline Join Airlines plan to have a route map including destinations such as Manchester, Amsterdam, Cologne and Bonn in Germany, Caen in France and Gronningen in northern Holland. Whilst ViaTriskel which hasn’t even started operating yet has a route map plan from Southend of Amsterdam, Cologne, Alsace, Chateauroux, Caen, Devon and Cornwall, Waterford, Dublin and Liverpool. The company plans of being based in three airports of which Southend will be the third behind Chateauroux in France and Waterford in Ireland.
As I blogged about a few days ago The airport expansion is the biggest issue on the doorstep in Southend West and it is not all one way. Some are pro but the majority are against the plans. However the expansion now looks set to go through and residents objections have been ignored.
This ongoing story will be one of the most important politically speaking in the west side of the town throughout the next few years. It is certainly one to keep an eye on. If the Lib Dems want to make progress they might have to find a strong position against the expansion of the airport as without a doubt they are the party on the defence in this town at the moment whilst the independents attack and the Tories consolidate. Labour are an after thought.
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