Transylvania Today: London Southend Airport expands European network

London Southend Airport is steadily expanding its route network into central and eastern Europe, with LCCs Ryanairand Wizz Air both announcing services from the UK airport to Bucharest, according to

It is the first time Wizz Air has operated from Southend, says


The two low-cost carriers announced their respective Bucharest routes within 24 hours of each other. Wizz said Aug. 22 that it would begin a 5X-weekly service to the Romanian capital from Nov. 22, while Ryanair said the following day it would operate a similar 5X-weekly service from the same month.



Although London Southend restarted scheduled services in 2012 with UK LCC easyJet flights to Mediterranean holiday destinations, central and eastern European cities make up an increasingly significant section of the airport’s business, with secondary cities such as Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Košice (Slovakia) and Chişinău (Moldova) among recent names on the airport’s destination board.


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