One of London’s airports is down to only 2 routes

Apr 6, 2020

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The aviation industry has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the globe. Like many airports across the world, London Southend has been hit hard by the effects of coronavirus. And as a result, passengers currently have the option of only two routes from the airport, with one operated by Scotland’s airline Loganair and the other by low-cost operator Wizz Air.

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At the time of publication, and according to data from FlightRadar24, Wizz Air is currently operating four return flights per week to Bucharest (OTP) in Romania. Meanwhile, Loganair is operating the airport’s only domestic route with six return flights per week to Londonderry (LDY).

(Photo courtesy of Great Circle Mapper)
(Photo courtesy of Great Circle Mapper)

The flights have been operating with the following schedule:

Wizz Air’s flight to Bucharest (OTP) is currently operating Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

  • W63036 Southend (SEN) 9:05/9:25 p.m. Departure ⇒ Bucharest (OTP) 2:15/35 p.m. Arrival (+1)
  • W63035 Bucharest (OTP) 7:15 p.m. Departure ⇒ Southend (SEN) 8:40 p.m. Arrival

And Loganair’s flight to Londonderry is operating daily except Saturdays.

  • LM648 Southend (SEN) 7:25 p.m. Departure ⇒ Londonderry (LDY) 8:50 p.m. Arrival
  • LM647 Londonderry (LDY) 5:30 p.m. Departure ⇒ Southend (SEN) 6:55 p.m. Arrival

The number of routes from the airport was to be at an all-time high after the launch of three new routes with Wizz Air and the announcement of six with Flybe, which recently collapsed due to the effects of the coronavirus.

According to Yahoo, the airport usually operates flights to 40 destinations, meaning that it is currently only operating 5% of its routes.

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