Europe’s leading budget airline confirms new base in Lisbon

Getting to a home in Portugal is set to get easier for Britons and other Europeans, after low-cost carrier Ryanair announced at the end of January it will open its third Portuguese base at Lisbon in April this year.

Ryanair confirmed it will invest more than $90million at Lisbon’s Portela Airport, where it will have one based aircraft and offer four new routes, bringing its total out of the Portuguese capital to nine destinations.

This development means that from April 2014 Ryanair will also offer flights to Dole (France), Marseille, Manchester and Pisa, in addition to its existing services to Stansted, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and Dublin. This will bring the airline’s total number of weekly flights out of Lisbon to 124, carrying up to 900,000 passengers. The new base will also create 900 onsite jobs, according to a Ryanair statement.

Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer, David O’Brien said: “Ryanair is delighted to announce Lisbon as our 65th base – and our third in Portugal – and to unveil four new routes to Dole, Manchester, Marseille and Pisa beginning in April, as part of our summer 2014 schedule. Our four new Lisbon routes will allow Portuguese consumers and visitors to escape TAP’s high fares and instead enjoy Ryanair’s lowest fares and industry leading customer service and punctuality. Only Ryanair, with its 175 new aircraft order, can deliver the capacity, new markets and low costs demanded by Portuguese consumers and visitors, and looks forward to working with Lisbon Airport to unlock the vast potential currently suppressed by high access air costs.”

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