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A new terminal at London Southend connects London with Malaga

Easyjet flights London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport, east of London, inaugurated yesterday a new terminal that will connect London with several European destinations, including Malaga.

The former Regional Airport, located about 65 kilometres from London, has opened a new runway, terminal and a train station that connects it in less than an hour with the centre of the British capital.

As of April 2, the low cost airline EasyJet, with 70 flights a week, will be travelling from London Southend to Amsterdam, Alicante, Barcelona, Belfast, Faro, Ibiza, Jersey, Mallorca and Malaga airport.

The new airport, owned by Stobart Group, joins the other five considered London airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and City. The new terminal is 43 minutes by train from London, the Olympic city 2012.

Air routes winter 2011/12 Malaga airport – Costa del Sol

At Malaga airport have already been scheduled air routes for winter 2011/12. As usual, each season there are changes in the routes operated by airlines; some destinations disappear (temporarily or permanently), while others are incorporated into the network of connections.

There is an interesting variety of offers of direct flights to Malaga from an increasing number of countries. With new connections, such as Turkish Airlines, it is also possible to fly to Asia with a stop in Istanbul.

From the following countries and cities there are available direct flights to Malaga during the winter season 2011/12:

Belgium (Brussels, Ostend)

Canada (Toronto, Montreal)

Czech Republic (Prague)

Denmark (Aalborg, Copenhagen, Billund)

England (London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Exeter, Southampton, Leeds)

Finland (Helsinki)

France (Paris, Lille, Nantes, Toulouse)

Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Münster, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Bremen, Düsseldorf)

Holland (Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Groningen, Rotterdam)

Ireland (Cork, Dublin)

Italy (Rome, Milan)


Morocco (Casablanca)

Northern Ireland (Belfast)

Norway (Oslo, Stavanger)

Portugal (Lisbon)

Romania (Bucharest)

Russia (Moscow)

Spain (Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Oviedo, Valencia, Melilla, Santander, Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Tenerife, Bilbao, Gran Canaria)

Sweden (Gothenburg, Stockholm)

Switzerland (Basel, Geneva, Zurich)

Turkey (Istanbul)

USA (New York)

Find here a complete list of airlines operating at Malaga airport.

Aena approved navigation system of the second runway at Malaga airport

The second runway at Costa del Sol Airport is already built and advances in processing all aspects necessary for its entry into service expected in early 2012.

The latest development is the approval by Aena of the navigation systems, in a report that has required a dozen test flights, according to statistics provided by the institution. These tests have shown the effectiveness of radio waves, an installed equipment on the ground that broadcast signals for landing and takeoff maneuvers.

In the case of Malaga airport the current runway has two ILS (aid systems for approach) and in the new one has been installed one more.

The volcanic ash cloud forced to cancel 252 flights most with Scotland

UK and Ireland say they will not close the airspace

Aware of the air chaos last year caused by the volcanic ash cloud from the Eyjafjalla, European authorities manage much more prudently the eruption of another volcano in Iceland, the Grímsvötn.

While the ashes forced to cancel 252 flights today, most operating from or to Scotland, the European Commission and the United Kingdom and Ireland, by far the most affected countries, have said they have no intention of closing the airspace widely. Also this year have been distinguished three levels of risk and most airlines are prepared to fly with volcanic clouds of low or medium risk.

For now, Grímsvötn activity, which erupted on Saturday, has slowed in recent hours, and smoke has fallen to five kilometres height, according to the Meteorological Office of Iceland. Yesterday it got up to 10 kilometres, and on Saturday exceeded 20 kilometers.

Early in the afternoon have been reopened Glasgow and Aberdeen airports, free of high density of ash, but it will take time to normalize the situation due to cancellations in the morning.

The low cost carrier Ryanair, which had to cancel 36 flights will protest at the “unnecessary cancellations”, while EasyJet, which said in a declaration that “safety is priority number one”, has canceled routes Malaga airport-Glasgow, Alicante-Glasgow and Madrid-Edinburgh.

Possibly suspended flights in the UK by the volcanic ash of Grimsvötn

Civil Aviation Authority in Britain said it was quite possible that flights from some parts of the island will be suspended Tuesday by the ash cloud from the volcano in Iceland. The UK meteorological office predicts a column of ash from the volcano Grímsvötn covering all Ireland, Scotland and parts of northern England at 06:00 GMT on Tuesday, May 24.

Meanwhile, European countries monitor the ash cloud closely for fear of affecting their airspace. Experts believe that it is difficult that will happen the same chaos than last year when much of the European airspace was closed for six days, although airlines have warned that the new cloud could spread.

Modelled Volcanic Ash Concentration forecasts are available from www.metoffice.gov.uk.

Should I cancel my holiday or make alternative travel plans?

For up-to-date details on airspace restrictions please check the NATS website or contact your tour operator or airline for details on flight plans.