London Southend Airport is offering frustrated Ryanair passengers free return flights to and from the airline’s Dublin hub as a simple gift and opportunity to try out the terminal.
The giveaway - 100 return tickets on a first come, first served basis - is to make up for all the hassle and disappointment at the other airports affected by Ryanair’s controversial decision to drop 40 to 50 flights a day over the next six weeks.
London Southend Airport is also extending the free ticket offer to Glasgow and Manchester – two other routes starting on October 29th.
Glyn Jones, chief executive of Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend Airport, said: “The free return tickets is a simple gesture, an invitation if you like, to try us instead of the airports hit by the Ryanair cancellations.
“We are confident we can offer a far better passenger experience – the proof being that we have been rated Best Airport in London five years running by Which?
“Tens of thousands of people will have had their holiday plans disrupted and clearly feel they’ve been left in limbo not knowing if they are travelling or not, or can even be sure their inbound flight won’t be cancelled.
“Our free tickets will hopefully cheer up some people.”
The offer is for passengers whose flights have been cancelled by Ryanair due to the changes in the pilot and cabin crew rotas.
The first 100 eligible passengers who contact London Southend Airport will be able to claim a free return ticket and the offer will run until September 22nd.
The flights will be from October 29th.
Each qualifying passenger to email a copy of the boarding pass to [email protected]