Leading regional airline announces three new UK regional services from Stansted with a choice of up to 64 flights a week during 2015 summer season
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, today announced it will start operations at London Stansted Airport with effect from 15th March 2015. This will feature year-round services to the Isle of Man (up to three flights a day) and double daily flights to Newcastle, together with seasonal part week summer flights to Newquay.
Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: "We are pleased to launch three new routes to/ from London Stansted. Bolstering regional connectivity is our number one aim at Flybe and we’re always looking for ways to improve connectivity within the UK. We’re really thrilled to be able to bring a year-round offer to Stansted Airport and look forward to welcoming passengers from the Isle of Man, Newcastle and Newquay who are seeking easy access to Hertfordshire, Essex and London."
Welcoming today’s announcement, Stansted Airport’s Managing Director, Andrew Harrison said: “Today’s announcement is not only great news for our passengers but is a significant step forward on our ambition to transform Stansted and provide a richer mix of flight connections for the region we serve. When MAG acquired Stansted we set a clear ambition to transform the airport and the arrival of Flybe onto the departure boards for the first time in the airport’s history, and launch of these new direct services to Newcastle, the Isle of Man and Newquay, is another significant milestone in achieving that ambition.
“There is great support from across the business community to see Stansted grow, attract more airlines, offer a broader range of destinations and increased flight frequencies to provide the choice and connectivity that business passengers rely upon to compete and win more business.
“These new services deliver that for the business communities we serve and will also be very popular additions to the route network for leisure connections. We’re looking forward to giving Flybe our full support as they prepare to launch these new connections from Stansted.”
One way fares from £29.99 including taxes and charges are available for booking at www.flybe.com.
London Stansted urges Network Rail to show more ambition to unlock growth at the airport
London Stansted is urging Network Rail to show more ambition and greater vision to deliver faster rail services to unlock the airport’s potential and improve services for commuters.
Responding to the publication today of Network Rail’s Anglia Route Study proposals, Andrew Harrison, Stansted’s Managing Director, said:
“Network Rail clearly recognises the need to improve services to Stansted but its proposals published today lack the ambition and vision needed to deliver significantly faster services for airport users and commuters.
“We are already working with Network Rail, the DfT and others to develop better solutions that will result in greater savings in journey times for all users.
“This is important because unlike Heathrow and Gatwick, Stansted has spare runway capacity today and significant room to grow in the future. Making best use of Stansted is critical given the arrival of a new runway in the South East is at least 10-15 years away.
“It is almost a year since the Chancellor and Sir Howard Davies asked Network Rail to look at how to improve rail services between London and Stansted, as part of the Airports Commission's recommendations to Government.
“As Sir Howard Davies recognised, the best way to unlock Stansted's potential, improve passenger experience and foster further economic growth in the region is by investing in the infrastructure to provide faster journey times, additional capacity and greater resilience.
“Faster journey times to and from London will enable Stansted to continue supporting the capital's growth, particularly as it expands further east. Improved rail services would also be great for the wider region, delivering huge benefits for commuters and supporting economic regeneration and thriving industries up and down the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor.
“We will be working with Network Rail to look again at what needs to be done to reduce journey times, and seeking a firm commitment from Government that the necessary investment on the rail line between London and Stansted Airport will be taken forward urgently as a central part of its aviation policy."
Stansted Airport’s ambition to secure more scheduled freighter services is top of the agenda as its cargo development team heads to South Korea this week to hold top level talks with potential new airlines.
The team is attending the International Air Cargo Forum in Seoul to showcase the world-class facilities on offer at the UK’s third busiest airport for cargo and raise its profile to a global audience of leading airlines from around the world to discuss possible new route and service opportunities.
M.A.G’s Cargo Director, Graeme Ferguson, is fronting the delegation along with Cargo Business Development Manager, Conan Busby, during the three day conference. Mr Ferguson said:
"Stansted is one of the largest cargo hubs in Britain with more than £9.5bn worth of cargo transported every year. We believe there is a significant opportunity to grow the cargo business at Stansted and we are committing considerable time and effort engaging with cargo operators from around the globe to demonstrate the fantastic facilities and world-class infrastructure available at the airport.
“With spare capacity to support significant growth and additional economic activity, M.A.G‘s ambition is to develop Stansted into the premier scheduled freighter airport for the UK. The airport sits at the heart of the London-Stansted-Cambridge growth corridor, and with the region booming and London’s economic activity shifting towards the east, Stansted is ideally placed to support businesses trading internationally and looking to compete in the global market place.
"Our visit to South Korea is an important first step in building relationships that could lead to more direct freight services operating between major international trading cities and London Stansted.”
More than 230,000 tonnes of freight is shipped annually on more than 11,000 cargo flights to over 200 countries. The operation transports thousands of tonnes of textiles, fruit and vegetables, electronics, pharmaceuticals, mail, horses and Formula One equipment to destinations in nearly every continent. The airport’s status as a major international cargo facility is reinforced by the number of industry leaders that operate from the airport – Asiana, FedEx, Martinair, Royal Mail, Panalpina, Silkway, Atlantic Airways, Titan, TNT and UPS.
The jet set lifestyle at its very beast was on display at an invitation only event held at Stansted Airport’s Inflite Jet Centre this September.
Normally the exclusive province of company executives, film stars, footballers and the super-rich , the Centre opened its doors to members of the Stansted Airport Chamber of Commerce, who were given a personally conducted tour of the premises by CEO Penny Stephens.
“When George Clooney passed through here I pulled rank to make sure I was on duty at the time” confessed Penny, “and although the gentlemen among you will hate me for saying this, he was even better looking in real life than he is on film!”
Following rare glimpse of its superb facilities, the visitors took afternoon tea in one of the Centre’s private lounges, where they had the opportunity to network with fellow professionals.
“It was a privilege to be personally escorted by the CEO of the Centre” said Richard Taylor, Chamber member and MD of Simpsons Creative, “and to enjoy the champagne and sandwiches the company generously laid on. It certainly surpassed any networking event I’ve attended recently”.
The award winning Inflite Jet Centre has operated out of Stansted for 25 years, and is known for its unrivalled facilities, attentive passenger handling, superb cuisine and exemplary standards of service.
Our thanks to Penny for a great afternoon!
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