Low cost airline Ryanair announced on Wednesday that it has chosen Faro airport to be one of the company’s operational bases.
Ryanair will base three aircraft in Faro from March 2010 and plans to open 14 new routes to Billund, Birmingham, Derry, Eindhoven, Kerry, Knock, Madrid, Marseille, Maastricht, Milan (Bergamo), Oslo (Rygge), Paris (Beauvais) and Stockholm (Skavsta).
This will increase the airline’s traffic at Faro to 1.3 million a year, sustaining 1,300 jobs in the region.
A statement from Faro Câmara said: “The council hopes that new routes will be opened from Faro, including domestic flights, such as the one to Porto.
“With this decision, Ryanair will transport more passengers to and from Portugal, which will encourage regional development and the creation of more jobs.”