Air access to Portugal just gets better in 2014, helped by new flights from Stansted

Getting to Portugal from the UK is set to get easier and cheaper this summer, thanks to the launch in April of low-cost carrier Ryanair’s new Lisbon service from London Stansted.

To celebrate their new summer flights, Ryanair released 100,000 seats on sale at fares from just £19.99 for travel in April and May. Further confidence from the airline in the Portuguese market was evident at the end of February, when the airline began new services between Brussels and both Lisbon and Porto in the north.

Meanwhile, stats just out show that capacity at Portugal’s airports increased 4.7 per cent in 2013 compared to 2012, with almost 20 million one-way seats accounted for in Portuguese airports last year. All four of Portugal’s main airports recorded capacity hikes compared to 2012, with Faro racking up the largest growth (8.9 per cent), followed by Madeira’s Funchal (7.1 per cent), Lisbon (4.1 per cent) and Porto (3.6 per cent). Especially noticeable is the recent increase in seat capacity between London Stansted and Portugal – namely 106 per cent in the past year.

This news is encouraging for the country’s tourism sector and owners of property in the Algarve, as it indicates a rising popularity amongst foreign visitors and makes reaching a home in Portugal easier.

Portugal’s national carrier TAP remains the country’s largest operator, offering 92 routes. As part of TAP’s summer expansion plans, it will launch 10 new services from Lisbon, including two new Brazilian destinations, namely Belem and Manaus, on 3rd June.

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