New Ireland and USA Gateway Opens with Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann Route Launch

 Three daily return flights to Dublin from May 2012

Transatlantic Connectivity to New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando

(Tuesday, 6th March 2012) Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann today announced the opening of a new daily route between London Southend and Dublin offering not only excellent access to Ireland’s capital but also transatlantic connectivity to the U.S.A.

From 10th May, Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann will fly three daily return services between London Southend and Dublin offering an important new business and tourism link between East London and Ireland.

With this new service, the people of London will be able to take advantage of transatlantic connections through Dublin on Aer Lingus flights to New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando.

Passengers will also benefit from the unique US Customs and Immigrations pre-clearance facilities at Dublin Airport that will allow them to arrive in the US as domestic passengers.

Commenting on the new route Aer Arann’s Interim Chief Executive Sean Brogan today said, “The introduction of our new competitive London Southend-Dublin service illustrates the success of the franchise operation. We are confident that this route will drive traffic from Dublin into London Southend and its surrounding catchment area benefiting local tourism. We look forward to welcoming passengers on board our convenient London Southend-Dublin services from 10th May.”

Welcoming today’s announcement Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Kavanagh said, “Aer Lingus is delighted to be extending its network into London Southend and we look forward to continued success with the new and existing Aer Lingus Regional, services operated by Aer Arann.”

London Southend Airport managing director, Alastair Welch, said: “We are delighted to welcome Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann to London Southend, offering a fantastic new route and taking the number of destinations available from this airport up to 15 from this summer.  Dublin is a popular and welcome addition to the services we offer, especially with the very exciting potential for convenient onward journeys to the U.S.A.  We look forward to welcoming Aer Lingus passengers for both Dublin and America to our brand new passenger terminal and redeveloped airport.”

Passengers travelling from London Southend Airport to Dublin with Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann will benefit from the exceptional convenience that the redeveloped London Southend Airport has to offer and which is aimed at saving customers time and money:

  • 15 minutes from ‘plane to train’ platform with cabin baggage
  • No more than 4 minutes queuing to security processing
  • 8 trains per hour at peak times
  • Approx 50 minutes direct railway transfer to London Liverpool Street station
  • Approx 40 minutes direct railway transfer to Stratford (London Olympic Village)

With its extended runway, new fly through terminal, new railway fewer than 100 paces from the terminal entrance and a Holiday Inn nearing completion, London Southend Airport has many advantages to entice the business and leisure customer.

London Southend tourism will also benefit from passengers travelling from Ireland’s capital and passengers from the USA connecting directly from Dublin to London Southend.

All Aer Lingus Regional services are operated using Aer Arann ATR72 and ATR42 aircraft and crew.

Flights from London Southend-Dublin start from £24.99 one way including taxes and are available for booking now on


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