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Old 4th Aug 2022, 17:53
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Itís noticeable the outbound fares to Bacău are significantly higher than fares back to London across the board. Hence my query as to general demand. Even if itís an additional flight for peak demand it still seems odd to have effectively a dead leg, although I note you can book a through flight back to Bacău via Bucharest.
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Old 5th Aug 2022, 14:44
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I think only the internal departments of Blue Air will know fully what is going on here. Airports used to be accommodating on short notice change requests but it is clear LHR & LTN do not have such luxury currently.
Before summer end SEN could pick up a few more one off flights.
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Old 6th Aug 2022, 09:55
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Talk about crumbs from underneath the table......however maybe Glyn Jones' replacement can have more luck for poor old SEN.
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Old 6th Aug 2022, 10:22
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It is never a great strategy to rely on every London airport being full first then hoping that Southend becomes airport of last resort. It wonít be happening next year, in fact I can see Easyjet consolidating services away from Southend, as a recession kicks in.

The sad truth is that Southend is not located in a great location even though it has a direct rail link. At the moment the airports share of Londonís passengers is a fraction of 1%.
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Old 6th Aug 2022, 10:30
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Talk about crumbs from underneath the table......however maybe Glyn Jones' replacement can have more luck for poor old SEN.
I'm certainly surprised they appointed someone without previous airport or airline management experience. His team under him will obviously have all the contact details of current and potential airline customers but once in the room with them is when industry background knowledge is so important. Maybe I'm doing him an injustice and I certainly wish him every success but it's a big ask.
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So what magic can this guy bring to Southend? The terminal and general infrastructure are good and no doubt Southend has been offering deals.
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Old 6th Aug 2022, 11:54
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So what magic can this guy bring to Southend? The terminal and general infrastructure are good and no doubt Southend has been offering deals.
The Skylife Lounge has been criticised in the past and the airport acknowledged that improvements were needed. Our new man may have some ideas on bringing it up to standard. Actually he may be outstanding in improving the customer experience for the hundreds of people that pass through the terminal every week.
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Old 6th Aug 2022, 13:28
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Originally Posted by DC3 Dave
Actually he may be outstanding in improving the customer experience for the hundreds of people that pass through the terminal every week.
I think he needs to concentrate on getting thousands of people passing through the terminal every week before he looks at further improving the customer experience.
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Old 6th Aug 2022, 13:37
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Originally Posted by LTNman
So what magic can this guy bring to Southend? The terminal and general infrastructure are good and no doubt Southend has been offering deals.
Yes, it's odd that the Esken Press Release didn't even mention his previous roles would give him the ability to attract new airlines to SEN. Improving the customer experience and community relations, yes, but they're surely not the immediate priorities.
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Old 6th Aug 2022, 13:47
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Seems like the cheap option with minimal risk. Any CEO with airline/airport experience was going to be difficult to attract with the current situation the airport finds itself in and not a risk any high flying boss would probably take to try and turn the airports fortunes around as ultimately any failure would look bad on their CV!
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Old 11th Aug 2022, 20:05
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Just asking but with the last departure of the day at 14:00 on Friday does the terminal remain open until midnight? If it does remain open do any retail units stay open?

This winter, will the terminal close until the Spring? Will the staff be retained or let go?
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Old 16th Aug 2022, 14:32
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For those of you who have bought tickets to the Southend City Festival and were looking forward to a day out at the airport, I am afraid to say it has been cancelled due to logistical reasons. ???
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https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/206...ns-want-added/

In response to a customer asking for a firm winter schedule, the airport said: "We're doing our best but it's down to the airlines as to whether or not they want to fly to/from Southend.
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 11:37
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For those of you who have bought tickets to the Southend City Festival and were looking forward to a day out at the airport, I am afraid to say it has been cancelled due to logistical reasons. ???
Postponed to next year; not cancelled: https://www.southendcityfestival.co....ival-statement

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Old 18th Aug 2022, 12:13
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I can think of a better way to spend a day than in a hangar. Oh and your link doesn’t work so needs amending.
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The airport has seen more visitors than usual yesterday and today as the BBMF and Red Arrows have parked there. The apron is busier than it has been for many a long month. They have run apron tours each afternoon at £10 each with the money being donated to the charity MIND. Great idea.
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Old 22nd Aug 2022, 15:50
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Many hundreds of people visited the airport over the weekend to see the Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon Display team and the BBMF, hundreds more lined the perimeter fences. A weekend to remember in a year to forget for SEN.

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Old 22nd Aug 2022, 16:13
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Sadly more visitors than passengers. Not a great position.
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Very exciting news that Blue Air are returning! One tomorrow morning, and possibly another on Tuesday.
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