Southend Airport made a unique offer to disgruntled passengers.
Southend Airport announced an unusual promotion in order to increase its competitiveness against the main London airports: it is ready to offer a free return flight to the capital of a thousand passengers whose flights to Manchester, Dublin or Glasgow with a flight from Heathrow or Gatwick airports have been delayed for more than half an hour.
The proposal applies to passengers traveling to the three cities mentioned above between August 14 and September 30: if they are detained or canceled from the main London airports in the direction of “there”, their flight “back” can be made free of charge, provided they do not land on LHR or LGW, but in SEN. An important nuance: in Manchester, Dublin and Glasgow planes from Southend will begin to fly only from October this year, so that to take advantage of a free return flight can be offended in Heathrow or Gatwick passengers who remain in these cities for a long time, or frequent flyers, compensating for one From later flights.
The meaning of the action is to motivate travelers to take advantage of not always busy Heathrow and Gatwick, but a quiet Southend airport with fast passenger service. According to surveys Which, Southend three years in a row was called travelers the most friendly and pleasant London airport. However, when it comes to real flights, passengers choose the more well-known airports, even though every fifth fligth at Heathrow and every fourth flight in Gatwick leaves behind the schedule for more than fifteen minutes.
From Heathrow Airport to Southend Airport
Travel time 2 hours 17 minutes
Distance 80.3 miles
From Gatwick Airport to Southend Airport
Travel time 1 hour 50 minutes
Distance 59.5 miles