Tourism boss celebrates new Faro Airport air links

Algarve is “increasingly connected to the world,” André Gomes says

The Algarve’s tourism chief has celebrated the recent announcement of new air links connecting Faro Airport to New York/Newark (USA), Southampton (UK), Helsinki (Finland) and Brest (France) as well as the strengthening of the route to Ponta Delgada (Azores).

The latest to be announced was the Faro-Brest route, to be operated starting on April 18, 2024 by Volotea. There will be two weekly flights on Thursday and Sunday on a A320.

But arguably the most notable new air link will be United Airlines’ Faro-New York/Newark route, which will become the first direct air link between USA and the Algarve and will launch in May 2024.

With the reinforcement of the Ponta Delgada-Faro link, the region will also be closer to the Azores which has several air links to the USA.

“The Algarve is becoming more and more a tourist destination of excellence, recognised for all of its segments and products, and the proof is that the region is becoming more connected to the world,” said André Gomes, President of the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA).

Branching out to other markets and tourists and welcoming visitors all year long are, without a doubt, big objectives that are part of our tourism promotion strategy. One of our ways of achieving these objectives is to promote the creation of new routes and bring new flights to Faro Airport,” he added.

“Recently, curiosity about the Algarve has been grown, and this considerable increase of new routes shows that a good job is being done in terms of promotion and proves the potential of our destination.”

André Gomes also highlighted that the Algarve is becoming known as more than just a sun and beach destination, proven by the new direct air link to Helsinki operated by Finnair which includes the Algarve as a leading winter destination for next year.

The Algarve Tourism Association (ATA) says it will continue working to attract new routes to Faro Airport, with more expected to be announced for 2024.

By Michael Bruxo

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