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Old 29th Mar 2016, 22:01
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ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MANAGEMENT AT SEN.....MUNICH & OSIJEK flights to start on the 9th may & 12 may (letter posted on SEN AIRPORT WEB PAGE)
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Old 29th Mar 2016, 23:18
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Don't want to be a party pooper, but this was posted on SEN's Facebook page not their website, and the reply was in response to a comment. On that basis there has still not been an 'official' announcement made to the general public as yet. However, it does look like the flights might go ahead.
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Old 29th Mar 2016, 23:54
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As it had the LONDON SOUTHEND AIRPORT logo on it I assumed that it was from the powers that be at the airport..sorry if I got it wrong
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Old 30th Mar 2016, 01:10
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Sea Air to Munich

I've had a look at the sea-air.hr website - but there seems to be no mention at all of Southend-Munich. An alternate site at sea-air.info does however make mention of Southend-Munich but seems to lack any facility to buy a ticket.

I'd really like to buy a Sea Air ticket, but I'm rather wary of paying more than a day in advance right now.
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Old 30th Mar 2016, 02:30
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just done a trial booking 09 may/12 may 195 euro rtn
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Old 31st Mar 2016, 01:04
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Sea Air

There seem to be two Sea Air websites:
SEA AIR TOURIST AND TRAVEL LIMITED - Günstige Flüge nach Deutschland, Kroatien und Spanien - PADERBORN, ALMERIA, PULA, , IBIZA, PALMA DE MALLORCA
Home | Sea Air

Only the first website makes mention of a Southend-Munich route.
Looking at the first website, I found the address of Sea Air - it comes up as 83 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JQ
SEA AIR TOURIST AND TRAVEL LIMITED - Kontakt mit SEA AIR TOURIST AND TRAVEL LIMITED
I don't live in Manchester, so had a quick look at Google Maps to see whether the photos of the address seems plausible for a travel agent - it does not. It looks like a seriously run down street, with heavy metal shutters on many of the windows to protect against vandalism.
I had a look at Royal Mail - the address seems to be possibly some sort of forwarding / brass plate address / mailbox rental controlled by City Address Ltd
I then had a look at Companies House - I noticed that Sea Air Tourist and Travel was incorporated on 14-Jan this year - i.e. barely two months ago. Needless to say, there are no filed accounts. From 14-Jan-2016 to 04-Feb-2016 the company was based at 152 London Road, Morden, London which according to Google Maps appears to be a residential address.

The company seems to have share capital of 1 pound (essentially the legal minimum), and one director called 'Nando Kos' who seems to appear on various websites as being linked to Sea Air.
Both website www.sea-air.info and www.sea-air.hr are registered to a Nando Kos with the given address being located at Osijek airport. sea-air.info seems to have been possibly registered on 27-Feb-2016

I have found nothing whch says this is anything other than entirely legitimate, but I'm keeping my credit card in my pocket until I see a Sea Air branded flight land and take off again at Southend.

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Old 31st Mar 2016, 02:48
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Sorry to be negative, but if easyJet is reaching it's limits on expansion at SEN in terms of finding out what is and isn't feasible then what hope does the airport have to reach 2m pax? It certainly is NOT the likes of Sea Air.
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Old 31st Mar 2016, 07:05
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Stobart Air & CityJet to merge?

Would be interesting to see if this happens: Irish airlines might join forces to create new European giant - Independent.ie
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Old 31st Mar 2016, 09:46
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Hearing news through the grapevine that Inflite Aircraft maintenance at the airport is closing. Sad news! The end of a long line of Maintenance companies on that site, British World, BAF, and many more, and the last heavy Maintenance on the airport, what the ATC Lasham going as well. Good luck to them all.
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Old 1st Apr 2016, 13:01
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Inflite

Sad news indeed if true. Any idea where they are off to?
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Old 1st Apr 2016, 14:28
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Originally Posted by claron View Post
Hearing news through the grapevine that Inflite Aircraft maintenance at the airport is closing. Sad news! The end of a long line of Maintenance companies on that site, British World, BAF, and many more, and the last heavy Maintenance on the airport, what the ATC Lasham going as well. Good luck to them all.
If true my thoughts are with the staff as one would presume redundancies are iminant. Looking at the wider picture, while we all get very excited on here about loss of routes/load factors... I would imagine news of this nature is a lot more significant to the airport and most importantly the accounts. What with the Lasham hangar currently empty also I would have thought filling all hangars would be of prime importance. Does anyone have any news on this other than the possible FBO?
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Old 1st Apr 2016, 15:04
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Loss of engineering support for the 146/RJ and ATRs is surely worrying.
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Old 1st Apr 2016, 16:48
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Rumour I heard was that Inflite were looking to take over some of the ATC Lasham hangar space.

Could it be that they are just moving from one side of the runway to the other?
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Old 1st Apr 2016, 17:12
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Nice promotional video made for the airport. Probably because of Routes Europe coming up in a few weeks time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqcwmQQy4DQ
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Old 1st Apr 2016, 19:11
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I must say I thought the video was very good. It does send out the message what Southend has to offer. BUT...and there is always a BUT...how much? Is Southend attractive as a competitor in landing fees, handling fees, and for the maintenance boys, hangarage rentals. The huge ex Aviation Traders hangar has always been subject to high rents, but to leave it empty never made sense. With no expansion from EasyJet, StobartAir up in the air, and Sea-Air waiting to be seen if it's true or not, I am still sitting on the fence.
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Old 2nd Apr 2016, 09:34
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Originally Posted by tws123 View Post
Nice promotional video made for the airport. Probably because of Routes Europe coming up in a few weeks time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqcwmQQy4DQ
Well done, Southend airport management.

Very good promo - hits all the numbers PAX want to know.

Here's hoping to see that WX & EI merger becoming a possible reality. Will be nice to see that Dublin service re-opened. The demand is there.

[Wonder will be see Avro Cityjet operating the Dublin service from SEN?]
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Old 3rd Apr 2016, 08:26
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merger

Any merger will only take place after Stobarts have sold the business. Thereafter there is little incentive for the new owners to use SEN as a base. Stobart Air was always all ill conceived idea. They bought into Air Aeran so that they could put SEN on the map in terms of commercial pax flights. That in turn helped them lure a far bigger fish - Easyjet. However the cost/benefit of the exercise has never been clear. Selling the business is just another example of Stobart divesting itself of assets to pay a dividend whilst the airport continues to under-perform.
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Old 3rd Apr 2016, 08:42
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They bought into Air Aeran so that they could put SEN on the map in terms of commercial pax flights.
They also needed a potential user for Carlisle so they could get planning permission for the distribution centre they've now built - again, why would a new owner pursue that plan once the link to the airport operator is broken?
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Old 3rd Apr 2016, 13:21
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They also needed a potential user for Carlisle so they could get planning permission for the distribution centre they've now built - again, why would a new owner pursue that plan once the link to the airport operator is broken?
Very true.
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Old 4th Apr 2016, 15:13
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I notice that the Sea Air (Croatia) website is down at the moment. One can hope they are updating it and making it look more professional.
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