A new Flybe service from Southend to Dublin airport will connect passengers to 11 Aer Lingus routes to north America.

From October 29, the Flybe route will go three times daily from Southend to Dublin, where passengers continuing on to north America can complete often-lengthy US pre-clearance security checks while in transit in Ireland. The companies say this can save passengers two hours on arrival in the US.

Aer Lingus, currently flies to 11 north American destinations: New York, Boston, Washington, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, Newark, Toronto, Hartford and Connecticut. It is also to add a service to Philadelphia in March 2018.

Glyn Jones, chief executive of London Southend airport, said: “We are excited to announce details of this service which will open London Southend up to transatlantic travel and save our customers time in the process.

“We estimate that over 13 million passengers travel through London airports to fly to North America annually, adding substantial time to their journey. Now there is an alternative. This service will enable customers to fly from London Southend airport, complete security and customs checks in Dublin before making their onward trip to the US at reduced journey times.

“With up to three daily services to Dublin, this route offers frequency, optimum schedules and an efficient, convenient and effortless connection to US destinations for our business and leisure passengers.

“We are constantly reviewing our services and looking at ways to enhance our offering. Connectivity is always key for our customers and this service we’re offering together with Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport reflects this.”

One way fares from Southend to north America start from £199.