Ryanair will open a new base at London Southend Airport from April 2019 with three aircraft as part of an investment of $300 million and 13 new routes to eight countries via 55 weekly flights.
The Irish low-cost carrier will operate routes to Alicante (five weekly), Barcelona Reus (two), Bilbao (four), Brest (two), Corfu (two), Cluj (three), Dublin (two), Faro (five), Kosice (three), Malaga (five), Milan Bergamo (four), Palma (four) and Venice (four).
Ryanair says this will deliver 1 million guests annually at London Southend and create 750 on-site jobs per annum.
Ryanair’s chief commercial officer, David O’Brien said: “We are pleased to add London Southend Airport to our UK base network. Ryanair guests travelling to and from London and the Essex area can now enjoy low fares on a choice of 13 routes through London Southend’s exceptionally passenger friendly terminal.
“Southend Airport’s train station will deliver direct services from the terminal to London Liverpool St and also the new Crossrail service (opening in 2019), making the airport even more accessible from all parts of London.”
London Southend is operated by the Stobart Group and chief executive officer, Warwick Brady added: “We have a clear and focused strategy to grow our airport to welcome over 5m passengers a year by 2022.
“This news will help us achieve that aim, and Ryanair will be a valuable partner to Stobart Group in developing London Southend airport with 13 routes and 6 new destinations, allowing us to play a key role in solving London’s capacity crisis.
“We look forward to delivering a great service to Ryanair guests to ensure we support the extraordinary growth of Ryanair operations out of London.”