In a move designed to take on rival budget airline Easyjet, Ryanair has announced plans to base three aircraft at Southend airport starting in April 2019.
The airline is planning to operate 60 flights a week concentrating on sunshine routes that include Malaga, Alicante, Palma and Faro igniting what could be a price war with Easyjet.
Southend Airport has recently undergone a £100 million renovation designed to take the airport into the 21st-century.
While speaking about the new routes chief commercial officer for Ryanair David O’Brien said: ‘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.
‘Southend Airport’s train station will deliver direct services from the terminal to London Liverpool Street and also the new Crossrail service opening in 2019, making the airport even more accessible from all parts of London.’