Thrice Daily Southend to Dublin by Aer Lingus Regional
This newly announced service by Aer Lingus Regional should be a winner, even in these difficult times. The three flights per day will offer people in south east Essex (and there's over a million of them) the benefit of new U.S. Customs and Immigration pre-clearance facilities at Dublin Airport, allowing them to arrive in the US as domestic passengers, saving valuable time and hassle on arrival. Providing the fares are competitive this should stop a lot of journeys around the M25 to LHR..... And Dublin is a beautiful city to visit of course.
Southend also offers a rapid transit through its terminal to its new railway station and a rapid trip into central London, so it should be an attractive destination for Irish travellers also - again, provided the fares are competitive.
stab3.5up, for the long term, I agree. But not in the short term.
3x ATR 42 to establish the route, which will no doubt be worth upgrading to 3x ATR 72 some 3-6 months later. Then, in maybe 12 months, I can see the A319 as it filters in to EI's fleet being worthwhile on the route.
I'm not sure I can see Southend being that much of a goldmine in itself. Its catchment isn't any greater than a number of other destinations that don't exactly have great service from Dublin.
What they do have though is the only flight from Southend that will connect you onto long-haul. And with no transatlantic from Stansted, with Heathrow and Gatwick a decent distance away, that could mean the yields are very good on Southend-originating pax. However, I don't see that meaning exceptionally large numbers that would justify transfering the route to an A319/320.
it's a leasing company, just like the dozens of others that are based in the IFSC and around Dublin (and Shannon). It's a small bit of good news for the economy, but has nothing at all to do with movements at Dublin Airport.