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.”