Good news for property-owners in Portugal who fly from London is the announcement this week that British Airways is launching
a service to Faro from Heathrow, as well as launching a new route to Porto in the north of Portugal.
BA already flies to Faro, the gateway to the Algarve, out of Gatwick and London City, but from 30th March it will offer a twice weekly service there from Heathrow. The airline’s Porto service will also be twice weekly and leaving from London Heathrow.
The Algarve’s tourism industry will be hoping the increased number of flights there will help it to repeat – and even surpass – the level of visitors it received this year. The Algarve Tourism Board’s recent bulletin revealed that, between April and June this year, “the behaviour of the main indicators was frankly positive, driven by a demand from foreign visitors that contradicted the slight drop in figures from national visitors. It added: “The results let us predict a good performance also for the ensuing months”. During
the second quarter of 2013 the total number of guests staying in the Algarve was just under 936,000, a year-on-year hike of 3.6 per cent.
The growth was fuelled by an increase in the number of foreign visitors, up by 5.56 per cent on last year, whereas the number of Portuguese people visiting the Algarve dropped by 1.34 per cent compared to 2012.
Britons made up the largest group of visitors to the Algarve in Q2 2013, overtaking the number of Portuguese visitors during that same period.