The Anonymous Widower

Ryanair To Open New Base at London Southend Airport

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in the Guardian.

The title gives most of the story, although the article says that flights won’t start until April 2019.

The article also contains this classic example of Ryanair-speak from their airline’s chief commercial officer, David O’Brien.

O’Brien said disruption from European air traffic control strikes, primarily in France, could be the “worst ever” for airlines, which cancelled 1,100 flights in May. “Your tourist going from Britain down to Spain is screwed by a couple of hundred French air traffic controllers,” he said.

The Wikipedia entry for Southend Airport gives these places as Ryanair’s destinations.

Alicante, Bergamo, Bilbao, Brest, Corfu, Cluj-Napoca, Dublin, Faro , Košice, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Reus and Venice.

This is a paragraph from the article.

Southend’s deal with Ryanair will double passenger numbers at an airport that only reopened six years ago. Its rapid expansion is set to continue, according to the chief executive of its owners, the Stobart Group. “We have a clear and focused strategy to grow our airport to welcome over 5 million passengers a year by 2022,” he said.

That number of passengers would put Southend Airport in the top dozen airports in the UK.

It’s a bit different to when I learned to fly at the Airport in the 1970s.

In those days, the only commercial traffic was the odd Carvair ferrying five cars and a score of passengers across the Channel.

I think Southend Airport will continue to grow for the following reasons.

  • Planes to and from the Airport can avoid the busy airspace over London.
  • The location and the prevailing Westerly winds,  allows pilots on some routes to bring the planes straight in, saving a lot of time.
  • Being early encourages passengers to use the Airport again and tell their friends.
  • Southend Airport station is less than a hundred metres away.
  • The City pf London is about an hour away.
  • Currently, the train service is three trains per hour (tph) between Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria stations.
  • Greater Anglia is getting new Class 720 trains and trains to the Airport may be increased in frequency.
  • Crossrail and Greater Anglia will bring increasing numbers of passengers to Shenfield station for trains to the Airport.

I think it ls inevitable, that as the traffic at the airport grows, that Crossrail will be extended to Southend Airport and Southend Victoria stations.




June 13, 2018 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,

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