Ryaner’s European presence is changing. Irish Airlines announced on Tuesday 24 August that it would open 26 new destinations from several Portuguese airports this winter, taking advantage of the difficulties in carrier TAP. Meanwhile, the company will withdraw from Northern Ireland.
Ryanair will launch new lines from Lisbon, Porto (north) and Faroe (south) airports to Agadir in Morocco and Lanzarote Island or Malta in the Canaries, the group said in a statement.
The announcement comes as the TAP company is forced to lose weight to survive.
The low-cost carrier will have three additional flights, bringing the number of flights centered at the Portuguese capital to seven. The company says the investment of around 6 256 million will create about 300 jobs.
Ryanair, which has opened up a number of lawsuits against public support for airlines in the wake of the crisis in the aviation sector, including TAP Air Portugal, has been highly critical of the Portuguese carrier, accusing it of “artificially blocking” airport slots.
“If these slots are released, it will allow for faster recovery of lost traffic on tourism in Lisbon and Portugal,” Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary told a news conference.
TAP Air Portugal, a leading airline based in Portugal, is due to revamp its portfolio as part of a restructuring plan with Brussels.
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Northern Ireland-based flights “moved to cheaper airports”
British airline EasyJet, which already has two bases in Portugal, announced last June that it would open a new seasonal base in the Faroe Islands for 21 new destinations from March to October.
According to Belfast International Airport, if Ryanair is banking in Portugal, the company has not decided to serve Northern Ireland by the end of October.
“It is disappointing that Ryanair has now decided to suspend operations in Northern Ireland,” an airport spokesman said.
Second, he said he had anticipated the news and had approached other airlines to “ensure continuity of destinations” where Ryan had served until then.
When asked by the AFP, the withdrawal company from Northern Ireland confirmed that “the British government refused to suspend or reduce the ADP (tax on air tickets) and justified the lack of incentives for recovery after the coup. Airports in Belfast”.
Flights based in Northern Ireland will “be transferred to the cheapest airports in the United Kingdom and Europe during the winter beginning in November,” Ryaner said.
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