RYANAIR will begin operating flights from London Southend Airport next year, it has announced.
The budget airline said it will base three planes at the airport from April and fly 13 routes to eight countries, including Spain and Greece.
More than 55 flights a week will see Ryanair carry an estimated one million passengers per year.
Southend will be the fourteenth base for the low-cost airline and “create 750 jobs”, according to research.
Planned new routes include five flights per week to Alicante and Malaga in Spain, twice daily flights to Dublin and other flights to Portugal, Italy and Venice.
Essex Chambers of Commerce’ comment on Ryanair’s announcement of new flights from Southend Airport
Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive of Essex Chambers of Commerce, said “We obviously welcome this announcement and the boost that it will give to Southend Airport itself and the town’s economy by securing existing jobs and providing opportunities for new employment. This is a clear vote of confidence in the airport’s future by both Stobarts and Ryanair”
“We do have concerns though as to whether the local road networks will be able to cope with the additional traffic that this increase in flights will undoubtedly bring. There are already regular instances of major delays on the A127 without this traffic and we will need to see major investment in improving our local infrastructure”