Passengers will be able to fly to 12 new routes from Stansted with Ryanair from April.
The new routes take in Basel, Bordeaux, Brive, Bucharest, Comiso, Dortmund, Lisbon, Osijek, Podgorica, Prague, Rabat and Skelleftea.
The airline says that the new routes, combined with more flights on an extra 17 routes, will bring 1,300 jobs to Stansted and move 1.3m passengers.
It’s an increase of a third in the number of flights from the airline from Stansted, to 600 a week. Stansted will now offer 126 flights.
Charlie Cornish, chief executive of Stansted owners MAG, said: “Today’s announcement by Ryanair is fantastic news for Stansted, the region and the passengers who rely on the airport to provide a connection to and from all parts of Europe. The new destinations and increase in flights on key routes will offer passengers and businesses even more choice at great value and build on the strength of Ryanair’s extensive network at Stansted, the airline’s largest base in Europe. Ryanair is an important and valued customer for Stansted and M.A.G. We’re delighted to support the airline’s expansion plans for next summer with this announcement coming hot on the heels of our joint 10 year growth agreement.
“M.A.G acquired Stansted to unlock its full potential and return the airport to rapid and sustained growth by offering great value to airlines and better services and facilities to passengers. Today’s announcement, together with the excellent progress we are making with our £80m investment in the terminal, is further evidence we are succeeding in transforming Stansted under our ownership.”