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Stobart Group, owner of London Southend Airport, has helped launch Ryanair‘s new service to Dublin – which puts the low-cost carrier in direct competition with Stobart Air.

Stobart Air, one of the companies in the Stobart Group, operates the route on behalf of Flybe, but will face competition next April, with Ryanair offering a double daily service, the first new route of its Summer 2019 schedule.

Warwick Brady, CEO of the Stobart Group; David O’Brien, Chief Commercial Officer of Ryanair; and Iain Ferguson, Stobart Group Chairman, at the Dublin route announcement, June 13, 2018

It’s also a sign that CEO Michael O’Leary’s dire warnings about Brexit hitting British air connectivity haven’t hit Ryanair’s plans yet, despite Britain set to exit the EU next March.

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The new route was launched by Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien along with Stobart CEO Warwick Brady and Chairman Iain Ferguson.

“Ryanair is pleased to announce a new Dublin to London Southend route commencing in April 2019, which will operate twice daily as part of our Summer 2019 schedule, our fourth Dublin-London service following Gatwick, Luton and Stansted. Customers can now book 15 Dublin 2019 routes out as far as October 2019, with our full Summer 2019 schedule set to go on sale in the autumn,” said Ryanair spokesman Robin Kiely.

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