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First direct flights to London from Rennes announced

3rd April 2014

  • Flybe to provide daily services between Rennes and London Southend Airports
  • London Southend Airport just 53 minutes from centre of London
  • Flights from €34.99 now available on
  • Airline aims to fly 165,000 passengers to and from Rennes within three years

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, announced today that it will offer direct daily return flights between Rennes and London Southend Airport from 5 June 2014, operated by its franchise partner, Stobart Air.

From September, customers can avail of double daily return flights, meaning Brittany business and leisure passengers can now fly to London in the morning and return home the same day (see full schedule below). One way fares are from €34.99 including taxes and charges, and are available now for booking at

Flybe aims to carry up to 165,000 passengers on its Rennes London Southend service within three years, starting with 50,000 passengers in year one.

London Southend is London’s newest airport and was recently recognised by consumers as the best airport in the United Kingdom. It is only 53 minute by train to Liverpool Street Station in the centre of London, and 40 minutes by rail to Stratford Station which connects to London City’s financial district.

The airport’s new Terminal is less than 100 paces from a brand new rail station, with up to eight rail services every hour. Passengers with hand luggage can travel from plane to train in just 15 minutes. Security checks at the Airport take a maximum of four minutes.

Speaking today at a press conference in Rennes Airport to announce the new route, Mr Simon Fagan, Chief Operating Officer, Stobart Air said that London Southend Airport represents an easy, accessible and value for money choice.

Mr Fagan said:

‘We are delighted to announce our new Rennes to London Southend service. This is the first direct flight service from Rennes and the wider Brittany region to London. It means business and leisure passengers from Brittany now have a convenient and efficient connection to London.

‘Rennes and Brittany has a strong business community. The availability of daily return services to London means these business people can do a day’s business in London and be back home that evening.

‘For leisure passengers, it makes day-trips to London a real option for the first time.

‘From a tourism and job creation perspective, it positions Brittany to attract more visitors to the region, with almost 20 million people living within two hours of London Southend Airport.

‘We look forward to working with Rennes Airport and the local tourism and business interests, and to welcoming passengers from Rennes and the wider Brittany region on board from 5 June,’ Mr Fagan concluded.

Gilles Tellier, Director of Rennes and Dinard Airports, added:

‘This new route should enhance the region's air accessibility and increase the number of British visitors to Brittany.

‘This is an important development for Rennes Airport, which takes a new step in its opening strategy initiated last year with the arrival of Spanish airline Vueling, and continued this year with the arrival of Ryanair.

‘50,000 passengers per year should use the Rennes/London Southend route, which will become the principle European route served from Rennes.

‘The line will be operated daily, which will help meet demand for short stays and language exchange trips from Rennes.

‘It should also significantly enhance ties between the UK and Brittany, will facilitate access to new markets for regional businesses, and promote the area among British tourists who are already Brittany's first customers.’