Flights connecting the Algarve town of Portimão to the northern town of Bragança saw passenger numbers increase 15% between January and November last year compared to the same period in 2016.
The domestic route got off to a disappointing start in 2015 but seems to be finally growing, having registered 10,766 passengers in the first 11 months of last year.
Carlos Amaro, CEO at Sevenair which runs the air link, says he is “satisfied” by the results and has even larger expectations for 2018.
“This was the consolidation year for our route, and our expectations for 2018 are to grow in line with the recovery of the economy, and with the increased need for better mobility within mainland Portugal,” he said, adding that the growing tourism sector is also expected to have a positive impact on passenger numbers.
Amaro attributed the growing popularity of the domestic flight to the fact that “people see it as a steady, trustworthy and accessible solution to their need to travel between the north and south of Portugal”.
The air link was launched on December 22, 2015 and includes stops in Cascais, Viseu and Vila Real.