Monday, 26 August 2019

Budget carrier Wizz Air to launch two new services from London Southend Airport

Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest-growing airlines has confirmed it will begin operations from London Southend Airport from this coming November.

The budget carrier will offer flights from London Southend to the popular Eastern European destinations of Bucharest in Romania and Vilnius in Lithuania. Fares to the historic capital cities start from just £16.99 one way including all taxes and non-optional charges. 

The new services will create around 100 new jobs at the Essex airport and will mean that Wizz will have flights from three London airports; Luton, Gatwick and now Southend.

The London Southend – Bucharest route will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from the 22nd November. A day later the carrier starts the London Southend – Vilnius service which will fly every Tuesday and Saturday.

Photo London Southend
Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK said: “It is exciting to see Wizz Air painting the skies pink at Southend, as we expand our footprint across the Greater London airports. The new routes from Southend demonstrate that Wizz Air is committed to offering customers ultra-low fares to destinations across all of Europe, connecting the UK with cultural hubs and off-the-beaten-track destinations."

"The WIZZ team looks forward to welcoming customers old and new on-board our ultra-efficient fleet of Airbus aircraft very soon."

Photo BNS photography

Explore the Chernobyl disaster from Vilnius 

Did you know that one of this years top TV highlights, the HBO miniseries ‘Chernobyl’ the story of the world’s worst man-made catastrophes was actually filmed in Lithuania.  You can now explore the film sites which make the story real and explosive, with Baltic Tours.  The lesser-known stories of the Chernobyl disaster, including the dramatic and courageous efforts of the firefighters who were the first responders on the scene, volunteers and survivors, and teams of miners tasked with digging a critical tunnel under reactor 4.  

The principal photography began in April 2018 in Lithuania and the initial filming started in May 2018. A residential area of Vilnius, Fabijoniškės, was selected to become a city of Pripyat, as people say, it maintains an authentic Soviet architecture and environment. In few weeks film production moved to the town of Visaginas (Lithuania) to shoot both the exterior and interior of the ‘Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant Station’, so-called ‘Chernobyl’s sister’ due to its nuclear reactor design used at both Chernobyl and Ignalina (RBMK nuclear power reactor). Just a few last final scenes were filmed in Ukraine. The filming of ‘Chernobyl’ movie took 16 weeks. And you are welcome to experience it in 4 days. Touchy, real, and surreal. It’s your only chance for the adventure of the hidden history of the 20th century!

The wonderful tour takes you to all the principle filming sites allows you time to explore the wonderful exteriours and step back into history.  More details, prices and booking info can be found here. 

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