EasyJet said the airport could offer flights without the stress of some of the larger airports, including the nearby Stansted, adding it was the "eastern gateway" to London. Catherine Lynn, customer and revenue director at easyJet, said it would bring the benefits of a "small regional airport" to passengers.
The move was also designed to encourage passengers to ditch rivals British Airways and Ryanair, which fly the same routes it announced including Faro, Barcelona and Ibiza. It will run 70 flights a week to 10 different destinations.
The airport's only consumer routes now are to Jersey, Waterford and Galway. It also hosts corporate charters, freight, air taxis and private aircraft.
Ms Lynn said the service will offer a "convenient new departure point" for customers predominantly in London and Essex and will "attract a high number of inbound business and leisure passengers to London next year".
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