Ryanair to open 12 new routes for Portugal by next summer
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, low-cost airline Ryanair keeps delivering surprises – and the latest one of the better ones: by next summer, the company will open 12 new routes for Portugal – to Alicante and Seville (Spain), Berlin (Germany), Bordeaux, Brive and Clermont (France), Cagliari (Sardinia), Edinburgh and London Southend (UK), Marrakesh (Morocco), Milan Bergamo and Venice Treviso (Italy).
The flights will run out of Lisbon, Faro, Ponta Delgada and Terceira (Azores).
Said Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary, the company is investing “around 100 million euros” in this expansion plan that is designed to face-up to “a difficult time for airline companies.
“Petrol is at 85 dollars a barrel, prices are falling, all companies are registering a fall in profits” he said – adding a glimmer of hope for Ryanair’s union issues by saying, “it’s important that we continue to invest in Portugal, that we continue to create good jobs for people and reach an agreement with the unions so that we can end these senseless wars that are not taking us anywhere”.