A new route from Southend airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle has been opened by easyJet.

The airline expects to carry 50,000 passengers a year between the Essex airport and the French capital.

Paris is the 15th destination to be served by the budget carrier from Southend, with the Paris flights running four times a week year-round.

EasyJet’s UK commercial manager, Neil Slaven, said: “We’re delighted to be adding a new route to Paris.

“Our Paris routes across the network have proved extremely popular in both the summer and winter owing to its world famous attractions for the leisure market and link for business passengers it brings.

“We are able to make it easy and affordable to reach both sides of the route providing value for British and French passengers.”

Glyn Jones, chief executive of airport owner Stobart Aviation, said: “It is great to have another easyJet service to and from London Southend, hot on the heels of Lyon and Lanzarote.

“This will provide even greater choice for passengers flying from the airport.”