Ryanair has confirmed it will close its commercial base at an Essex airport this autumn.
The travel airline revealed that the base at London Southend Airport will be shut from November 1 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, reports InYourArea.
Ryanair, as well as other travel operators, were significantly affected by the strict Covid-19 restrictions on the aviation industry, which stopped all non-essential travel in and out of the country for months.
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Esken Ltd, who runs the airport, said: “Esken, the aviation and energy infrastructure group, has today been informed that Ryanair has stated its intention to close its base at London Southend Airport with effect from the start of the winter season this year.
“As a result, Ryanair will cease operations based from London Southend Airport from November 1.
“Esken is currently in the process of reviewing the impact of such decision on its forecasts.
“However, the financial impact of Ryanair’s base closure will be mitigated by a reduction in costs directly associated with serving Ryanair’s base and the low level of passengers expected during the winter season.
“Esken will provide a further update as soon as it is able.”
It is not yet known whether flights booked for the winter season will be cancelled or fly out from a different airport.
Esken based its decision on the ongoing effects of the pandemic on Ryanair’s decreasing performance.
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Ryanair has been at the Essex airport since 2018 when they signed a five-year agreement to put three aircraft at the airfield.
The ‘budget airline’ started flight operations in April 2019, being a departure point to eight countries on 16 routes including Barcelona, Corfu, Milan and Venice, and competing against easyJet, who also pulled out of the airport last year during the height of Covid-19.
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