//Ryanair to open Southend base

Ryanair to open Southend base

Ryanair has announced it will open a new base at London Southend Airport, from April 2019, writes Jill Sayles.

There will be three aircraft operating 13 new routes to 8 countries, including Alicante, Barcelona Reus, Bilbao, Brest, Corfu, Cluj, Dublin, Faro, Kosice, Malaga, Milan Bergamo, Palma and Venice.

The $300m investment will deliver one million guests annually to the airport and create 750 jobs.

Fares are now on sale for Summer 2019.

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Ryanair to open Southend base

David O’Brien, chief commercial officer, Ryanair, (pictured above right) 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.

“To celebrate we are releasing seats for sale on these new routes from £24.99 for travel in April and May 2019. This offer is available for booking until midnight on Friday, 15 June.”

Warwick Brady, CEO of Stobart Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ryanair and its guests to London Southend in S2019. 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.”