Ryanair inaugurates new Lisbon base

On Tuesday this week, 1 April, Ryanair inaugurated its new base at Lisbon’s Portela airport, the company’s 64th European hub and its third in Portugal after settling in at Oporto and Faro.

New Lisbon Base for RyanairThe low-cost Irish airline now flies 11 routes from Lisbon, operating a total of 124 flights a week which it estimates will carry up to 900,000 passengers per year and sustain 900 jobs at the airport.
The airline will keep one aircraft based at Lisbon and among its 11 routes are seven new destinations, these being Dole, Dublin, Manchester, Marseille, Pisa, and two domestic routes from the capital to Oporto and Faro.

Speaking at the launch in Lisbon, the airline’s Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs, said: “Ryanair is delighted to open its new base at Lisbon, offering 11 exciting routes, including seven new routes to Dole, Dublin, Faro, Manchester, Marseille, Pisa and Porto, which will deliver some 900,000 passengers annually and sustain over 900 “on-site” jobs at Lisbon Airport, as Ryanair grows to become the largest airline in Portugal. Only Ryanair, with its 175 new aircraft order, can deliver the capacity, new markets and low costs demanded by Portuguese consumers and visitors, and looks forward to working with Lisbon Airport to unlock its vast potential and to help grow tourism, traffic and jobs.”

In an apparent jab at Portugal’s national flag-carrier, he added: “Our seven new Lisbon routes will allow even more customers to escape TAP’s high fares and instead enjoy Ryanair’s lowest fares and industry-leading customer service. This is the first summer where Ryanair customers can enjoy a free small second carry-on bag, ‘quiet flights’, allocated seats and use their personal electronic devices at all stages of their flight, making Ryanair the ideal choice for families and friends looking to get away this summer, with a new website, smartphone app, and family and business products coming soon.

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