Southend launches transatlantic connections via Dublin

London southend airport

Southend airport is set to operate a new Flybe service to Dublin, allowing passengers to connect onwards to 11 North American destinations.

From October 29, the service, operated by Stobart Air, will fly to Dublin up to three times daily. Passengers connecting on Aer Lingus’ transatlantic services at Dublin will be able to complete US pre-clearance for journeys to the US and Canada.

Aer Lingus operates flights to 12 North American cities including New York, Boston, Washington, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, Newark, Toronto and Hartford, Connecticut. The airline also recently announced a new Dublin to Philadelphia route, starting March 2018.

Glyn Jones, CEO of Southend airport said:

“We estimate that over 13 million passengers travel through London airports to fly to North America annually, adding substantial time to their journey. Now there is an alternative. This service will enable customers to fly from London Southend airport, complete security and customs checks in Dublin before making their onward trip to the US at reduced journey times.

“With up to three daily services to Dublin, this route offers frequency, optimum schedules and an efficient, convenient and effortless connection to US destinations for our business and leisure passengers.

“We are constantly reviewing our services and looking at ways to enhance our offering. Connectivity is always key for our customers and this service we’re offering together with Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport reflects this.”

British Airways launches double Avios deal

British Airways A380

British Airways Executive Club members can earn double Avios than usual for flights purchased between October 11 and December 31 for travel within the same period.

The offer applies to all routes and across all cabins on both long-haul services, short-haul and domestic flights.

British Airways’ executive club manager, James Hillier, said:

“We know our Executive Club members love to have a range of ways to collect and spend Avios so we think this offer will prove really popular. Travel is available across all our routes and cabins and even covers the festive period.”

Current members of The Executive Club and those who join up on are eligible to earn through the deal.

The deal will allow customers to collect enough Avios for a future flight, ie. those booking a return flexible economy flight to New York JFK will have enough Avios for a return economy trip to Venice. If they fly in business, they will be able to book a return economy trip to Cape Town, though taxes, fees and charges will still apply.

Customers can register before booking at

Emirates to add extra flights to Stockholm


Emirates is set to add three extra flights per week to the Swedish capital.

From December 8, the new flights will serve Stockholm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, departing Dubai at 1500 and arriving at Stockholm Arlanda airport at 1845. The return leg will depart Stockholm at 2110, arriving at Dubai International airport at 0630 the next day.

The airline says that the timing of the extra flights will provide better connections between Stockholm and several East Asian and African destinations, including Ho Chi Minh City, Colombo, Manila and Cape Town.

The current existing daily flight schedule sees flight EK 157 departing Dubai at 0810 and arriving in Stockholm at 1155 while the return flight EK158 departs Stockholm at 1335, landing in Dubai at 2255.