Ryanair today said it will open a new base at London Southend from April 2019.

The airline said it will base three planes in Southend and will operate over 55 flights a week from the airport.

Ryanair is due to start 13 new routes to eight countries, including Dublin, Alicante, Barcelona Reus, Bilbao, Brest, Corfu, Cluj, Faro, Kosice, Malaga, Milan Bergamo, Palma and Venice in April.

The airport is owned by the Stobart Group. 

Warwick Brady, CEO of Stobart Group, said the company has a clear and focused strategy to grow the airport to welcome over 5 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 and allowing us to play a key role in solving London’s capacity crisis," the CEO added.