New route from Manchester Airport to Southend and extra seats to Helsinki

Manchester Airport’s Patrick Alexander, London Southend Airport’s Andrew Lewis and Manchester Airport’s Lois Robertson celebrate the new route

Flybe has added a new domestic route from Manchester Airport to London Southend Airport.

The budget airline – which already flies to a number of UK airports from Manchester – will operate the new route up to three times a day.

Flybe is not the first airline to expand at Manchester this autumn.

At the start of October, holiday company Jet2 confirmed plans to add thousands of seats to winter sun and ski destinations from Manchester.


Finnair adds extra seats on Manchester to Helsinki service


Scandinavian airline Finnair has announced plans to increase capacity on flights from Manchester Airport this winter.

The airline will add over 2,700 seats to its services between Manchester and Helsinki during the busy Christmas period.

Finnair said that from December, certain flights will instead be flown on larger capacity Airbus A319 and A320 planes.

Services are timed to offer connections to five Lapland airports from Helsinki Vantaa Airport.

Manchester Airport commercial director, Stephen Turner, said: “It is pleasing to see Finnair increase capacity on its route to Helsinki from Manchester Airport.

“This growth is a clear response to passenger demand to fly from the UK’s global gateway in the north.”

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