Ryanair don't do connections and transfer deals so you can discount that idea of being a massive game changer!
If on the other hand they did offer some sort of connections/transfer deal then it probably would be a game changer.
But Ryanair are not in the business of having connections or transfers, it would be too expensive and Ryanair being the airline that they are won't get involved in business like that when they would be liable for other airlines cancellations. There is alot involved in making connections and transfers work and Ryanair aren't the right airline for that.
But I fully agree with you that Stansted is an amazing airport with a very large catchment area. With the new arrivals terminal being built and the reconfiguration of the existing terminal into the departures terminal it's only going to get better
When you quote ''easily achieved'' you have to remember that Stansted made this quote a year ago and in that time the only one long haul flight has been announced at Stansted that being the Emirates flight from DXB and that was announced before Stansted published their press statement regarding their aim in securing 25 long haul flights in 5 years. Even Primea were operating from Stansted when this press release was made and we all know what happened to them.
I fully believe that Stansted will gain more long haul routes but realistically they won't have 25 long haul routes within 4 years. I'm quoting 4 years because it's a year ago since the statement was first made.
Stansted currently sees a daily flight from DXB with Emirates and a second daily flight will be added from the 01 July 2019. The route has been an instant success and not surprising too.
Indigo seem like they could be the next long haul airline to officially announce Stansted with a BLR-DEL-STN flight.
JetBlue I have confidence in and I have no doubt that they will choose Stansted as their London airport of choice when they start flying transatlantic from Boston and New York JFK!
Regardless of all the comments from the US end who seem adamant it's going to be LHR.
Qatar Cargo already use Stansted for their cargo operations, the same with Turkish Airlines Cargo. Perhaps these two airlines could possibly launch passenger flights from Stansted in the future. Turkish Airlines having previously done so in the past.
Air Transat also used Stansted in the past on a regular basis, could they possibly make a return at some point or even WestJet with a route to Toronto?
With Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI both pulling their Florida flights from Stansted over the last few years could Virgin Atlantic possibly look at operating a seasonal weekly flight to Orlando like they do from Belfast and Glasgow?
It would give Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays a north London airport for their popular Orlando flights!
Perhaps American Airlines could return to Stansted for the ''third'' time and reinstate their flight from New York JFK or even start a new route from Philadelphia?
There are several African airlines intending to return to the London market over the next few years and with slots getting rarer by the minute at LGW could they be possible future contenders for Stansted?
The Chinese airlines are being very aggressive at LHR lately with a plethora of new routes and new entrants being announced and any overflow would probably go to LGW.
Stansted could easily achieve a route to China especially with Cambridge being close to the airport.
But in saying that China Southern already serve Stansted with cargo flights from Guangzhou and they seem to be applying for many new routes to LHR plus they are going to be the main airline serving the new Beijing airport when it opens in a few years time. Could they possibly start passenger flights at some point to Stansted?
Interesting times lie ahead for Stansted but to say that 25 long haul destinations in 4 years is ''easily achieved'' is quite an overstatement in my opinion. 10 maybe 12 possibly 15 could be achievable but definitely not 25.
Although 25 long haul destinations at Stansted would be totally fantastic for the airport
Stansted currently sees a variety of airlines serving the airport as well as being the United Kingdoms third busiest cargo airport and London's second busiest cargo airport by volume.
Current passenger airlines serving London Stansted Airport are.
Austrian (seasonal charter)
BH Air (seasonal charter)
Thomas Cook Airlines
Titan Airways (charters)
Current cargo operations from the following include.
China Southern Airlines Cargo
Fedex Feeder (Swiftair)
Qatar Airlines Cargo
Silk Way Airlines?
Turkish Airlines Cargo
There are rumours of Egyptair Cargo resuming flights.
People seem to underestimate how important or how busy London Stansted is, it's not only the third busiest London airport but also the third busiest airport in the United Kingdom with nearly 27 million passengers and almost 240,000 tonnes of cargo passing through the airport in 2018 and with these figures only expected to grow in 2019.
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