Ryanair to open new base at Southend airport

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 14, 2018

Ryanair is due to start 13 new routes to eight countries, including Dublin, Alicante, Barcelona Reus, Bilbao, Brest, Corfu, Cluj, Faro, Kosice, Malaga, Milan Bergamo, Palma and Venice in April.

Ryanair has been vocal in its criticism of Britain's plans to leave the European Union and the possible effects on the industry, and has said it would "pivot growth away" from the UK.

Low-priced airline Ryanair is to open a new base at Southend Aiport next April.

The €300m investment in basing three planes at Southend is to be accompanied by the airline closing its Glasgow airport base because of low demand. Stobart also operates some franchised routes for United Kingdom carrier Flybe.

Last year, Stobart, whose CEO is former EasyJet executive Warwick Brady, said it hoped to handle 2.5 million passengers at Southend in 2018.

The owner and operator of London Southend, Stobart group, has been rocked by its own turmoil in recent weeks as key shareholders attempt to remove boss Iain Ferguson in favour of Phillip Day.

Southend handled 1.09 million passengers a year ago, and 874,000 in 2016.

More than 55 flights a week will see Ryanair carry an estimated one million passengers per year.

"This agreement demonstrates that we now have the right team, skill set and strategy in place to deliver on our stated ambitions".

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