Ryanair to open new base at London Southend airport

Ryanair flights warning ATC strike

Ryanair flights warning ATC strike

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

The expansion in the United Kingdom comes despite Brexit looming and the associated challenges it may pose for airlines and airports if the United Kingdom and the European Union can't ink a new agreement to enable flights to continue between the two jurisdictions after Britain exits the trading bloc next year.

Ryanair said that its new services from Southend will add an expected one million passengers a year at the airport.

But Ryanair chief commercial officer David O'Brien insisted the company was still as gloomy as ever about Brexit.

He said Ryanair was only expecting to grow its United Kingdom business by 4% compared with 21% in Germany in 2018.

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

"We have a clear and focused strategy to grow our airport to welcome over five million passengers a year by 2022", said Mr Brady.

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.

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

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