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Ryanair flies 10.5 million passengers in March, opens new base at Southend

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The recently added UK base will bring 14 new destinations for travellers to and from London and the Essex area

While some airlines have been experiencing a dry period, the Irish budget carrier is doing better than ever.

Only in March, Ryanair operated 59,800 flights with an overall load factor of 96 per cent. In numbers of passengers, it was 10.5 million. Ryanair’s Austrian side shoot — Lauda Motion — flew 400.000 passengers. Overall, Ryanair Holdings carried 10.9 million passengers in March.

Thanks to the March performance of the airliner, the annual number went up to 142.1 million passengers, which is a rise of nine per cent.

Southend airport was once the third-busiest airport in the UK — after Heathrow and Manchester. As of April, it has become Ryanair’s latest base.

Its first flight departed for Alicante before seven o’clock in the morning. Immediately after, it was followed by a flight to Košice, Slovakia and another to Dublin.

Ryanair’s new addition will operate 50 flights a week to 14 destinations in eight countries

“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 14 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,” said Ryanair’s chief commercial officer, David O’Brien.

Southend airport is part of the Stobart Group. Its CEO, Warwick Brady, 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 five million 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.”

On 28 May, Southend airport will welcome yet another airline setting up new routes — the Scottish carrier Loganair. It wants to connect south-east Essex with Aberdeen, Glasgow and Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.

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