Coronavirus: Southend airport limits opening to three days a week

Southend airport is shutting for most of the week as airlines withdraw flights as passenger demand collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Opening hours are being amended from next week to 4.30pm to 9.30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays due to severely reduced service.

EasyJet and Ryanair have suspended all flights from the airport until May at the earliest due to travel restrictions and border closures.

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Wizz Air will continue to operate three weekly flights to Bucharest from March 30, and Loganair will maintain three flights a week to both Aberdeen and Derry.

Moldovan carrier Fly One is due to return to a twice-weekly service from May.

The airport said that while it will be providing a “significantly reduced” passenger service, its logistics operation will continue to operate as normal to safeguard jobs.

Chief executive Glyn Jones said: I want to take this opportunity to express my immense gratitude to the incredible team here at London Southend airport who have responded fantastically to the unprecedented challenges faced by the aviation industry and by the world as a whole.

“I am pleased that the airport will contribute to the local community and its economy by securing jobs.”

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