The travel airline has revealed that the base at London Southend Airport will be closed from November 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic, reports InYourArea.
Ryanair, along with other travel operators, have been significantly affected by Covid-19’s strict restrictions on the aviation industry, which have stopped all non-essential travel within and outside the country for months.
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Esken Ltd, which operates the airport, said: “Esken, the aviation and energy infrastructure group, was informed today that Ryanair has announced its intention to close its base at London Southend Airport with effect from from the start of the winter season this year.
“As a result, Ryanair will cease operations based at London Southend Airport from November 1.
“Esken is currently reviewing the impact of such a decision on its forecasts.
“However, the financial impact of the closure of the Ryanair base will be mitigated by a reduction in costs directly related to serving the Ryanair base and by the low number of passengers expected during the winter season.
“Esken will provide a new update as soon as possible. “
It is not yet known whether flights booked for the winter season will be canceled or depart from another airport.
Esken based its decision on the lingering effects of the pandemic on Ryanair’s declining performance.
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Ryanair has been present at Essex Airport since 2018, when they signed a five-year deal to install three planes at the airfield.
The ‘low cost airline’ began flight operations in April 2019, being a departure point to eight countries on 16 routes including Barcelona, Corfu, Milan and Venice, and competing with easyJet, which has also withdrawn from the airport last year at the height of Covid -19.
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