Holidaymakers and homeowners in Portugal may soon find themselves flying more frequently with low-cost airline Ryanair, after the carrier confirmed in June its ambition to become Portugal’s largest airline operator.
The bold plans were higlighted by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary at the same time as the carrier announced new winter routes, which will connect Lisbon with Bremen, Eindhoven, Milan and Rome, and Porto with Bremen and Brussels. Meanwhile the frequency of flights between Lisbon and both London and Brussels is expected to be boosted.
“We’re the second biggest [airline] in Lisbon and we’re already leading in Porto and Faro”, Michael O’Leary told the press, adding that over the next three or four years, “working together with ANA [the airports authority], we will be able to become the number one airline in Portugal”.
Meanwhile, there are no signs that Ryanair will resurrect its service between Lisbon and Faro – evidence suggests that travellers between the two cities are just as happy using the motorway.
In other Ryanair news that should benefit families travelling to Portugal, including those with property in the Algarve, the airline has launched its new Family Extra scheme. A spokesperson explained: “Families booking with Ryanair can now avail of discounted seating, baggage and insurance for children, a reduced infant fee and 5kg infant bag allowance, bottle warming and changing facilities on board, bring two free pieces of infant equipment, and can bring a car seat on board when they book a seat. And with our Fly & Save bonus, families who fly twice with Family Extra can enjoy 20 per cent off their third flight booking.”