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Dublin is getting a new air route to London

Flybe will run flights from Dublin to London Southend from 29 October.

Image: Tim Goode/PA Images

STOBART AIR (PREVIOUSLY Aer Arann) announced it will run flights from Dublin to London Southend from 29 October.

The new route will be Dublin’s first direct link to the airport.

Operating under the Flybe brand, the airline will fly up to three times daily, seven days a week. Tickets for the new route are on sale from today, with fares starting at €29.99 one way.

Irish passengers won’t be too familiar with the airport and it certainly won’t be the choice of all travellers.

It is over an hour drive from the centre of London. An estimated taxi fare from London Southend to London Soho comes in at a staggering £150.

However you can get to the city centre by train, once you land, at a cost of £16.20 one-way. A return train ticket will set you back by £32.40. The train service stops at Liverpool Street Station, a 25-minute walk from the Tower of London.

The airport could be a better option for those travelling to towns east of London city.

London Southend Airport, located in Essex county, is a 30-minute car drive from Chelmsford city centre, which is also accessible by train.

It could also suit those looking for a little seaside get away, with Southend Pier just a 20-minute bus journey south of the airport.

The move is part of Stobart Air’s three-year growth strategy, which aims to invest €25 million into the airline.

The Dublin to London Southend route will be serviced by the Embraer E195 aircraft.

Stobart Air chief executive Graeme Buchanan said, ”I have no doubt that the new route will be welcomed by both business and leisure travellers between the two cities, particularly those travelling between London, Essex and Dublin on a regular basis.”

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