Budget airline increases flights to Lisbon, signalling confidence in Portuguese market

Travel to Portugal is getting easier after a low-cost carrier this month launched a new route there from Stansted and announced the introduction of another new service there from Ireland in 2014 – both of which will be welcomed by owners of property in Portugal.

Ryanair’s first flight to Lisbon from Stansted took off on 26th November, the same day it began flights to Dortmund in Germany from Stansted. The budget airline marked the launch by releasing 100,000 seats at prices starting from £15.99 on more than 1,000 routes across its European network, for travel on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in January and February, for bookings made before midnight on Thursday, 28th November.

Ryanair’s Lisa Cashin said: “Ryanair is delighted to celebrate two inaugural flights today from London Stansted to Dortmund and Lisbon. These brand new routes will mean more flexibility for passengers in Greater London and East of England when traveling to Germany and Portugal this winter. Ryanair will operate daily flights to Dortmund and twice daily flights to Lisbon and with flights starting from £15.99 we urge passengers to book a seat today on Ryanair.com.”

Meanwhile, Ryanair announced this month that it will commence daily flights between Lisbon and Dublin on 1st April 2014. This will be the fifth route that the airline operates at Lisbon’s Portela Airport, after starting operations there in September this year. It also flies from Lisbon to Brussels, Frankfurt, Stansted and Paris.

According to Luis Fernández-Mellado, Ryanair’s marketing and sales manager for Portugal, the new Lisbon-Dublin flight is an indication that “without doubt Ryanair is continuing to show interest in growing in Portugal.”

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