Ryanair to fly from London Southend Airport in 2019

Lloyd Doyle
June 14, 2018

Ryanair will close its Glasgow base at the end of the summer, and demand for flights to the United Kingdom and Europe is reportedly flat this year.

Stobart Group, the owner of Southend Airport, today sought to woo investors supporting a boardroom coup by signing a $300m (£225m) deal with Ryanair.

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.

The airline's chief commercial officer, David O'Brien, said: "Don't confuse this great news as some kind of vote of confidence in the future of United Kingdom aviation".

Passenger numbers from countries including Germany, Italy and Spain, however, are growing.

The airline said it will base three planes in Southend and will operate over 55 flights a week from the airport.

"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", Mr O'Brien said.

Ryanair will compete with FlyBe on the route - whose flights are operated under a franchise arrangement by Stobart Air.

The airline is lobbying the European Union to demand a notification period of at least 72 hours for industrial action.

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