Ryanair and London Southend Airport’s owner, Stobart Group have entered into a five-year agreement, extendable to ten, that will see the Irish l0w-cost airline open a new base at the Essex facility. Three aircraft will operate out of the airport from Summer 2019, providing 13 routes to eight European countries, including six new destinations.
Ryanair claims that it is making a $300m investment in the new routes and will operate more than 55 weekly flights, creating 750 on-site jobs per year. This agreement will enable the airport to welcome at least 1m additional passengers in the first year, and in excess of 5m in the first five years. The destinations will include Alicante, Barcelona Reus, Bilbao, Brest, Corfu, Cluj, Dublin, Faro, Kosice, Malaga, Milan Bergamo, Palma and Venice.
Warwick Brady, CEO of Stobart Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, and its customers to London Southend Airport. Passengers are increasingly turning to London Southend Airport amid the capacity crisis found elsewhere in the capital, where holidaymakers and business travellers face frustration from overcrowded airports, impacting on customer service. In contrast, London Southend Airport offers an excellent, efficient passenger experience, and we are delighted that this is becoming increasingly recognised, demonstrated by the tremendous momentum within our Aviation division. We have a clear and focused strategy to grow our airport in order to welcome 5m passengers a year by 2022. This long-term partnership agreement with a leading airline such as Ryanair will help us achieve that aim.”
Photo: Ryanair will base three aircraft at London Southend Airport from summer 2019. (London Southend Airport)
The July-August 2017 issue of Airports of the World included a ten-page feature on London Southend Airport, including an in-depth interview with the CEO of Stobart Aviation Glyn Jones.