Ryanair will fly from Faro to Budapest, Krakow, Marrakech and Norwich this summer

Airline announced 14 new routes to Portugal

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Ryanair will launch new routes from Faro to Budapest (Hungary), Krakow (Poland), Marrakech (Morocco) and Norwich (United Kingdom) next summer, the Irish airline announced.

These four flights are part of the 14 new routes that the low-cost airline announced for Portuguese airports on Wednesday.

In addition to flights from Faro, Ryanair announced connections between Portugal and Alicante, Stockholm, Belfast, Rome, Ibiza, Madrid, Pisa, Poznan and Tangier (x2).

With this investment, Ryanair will operate 170 routes to and from our country.

Other figures put forward by the airline are traffic growth to 13,5 million passengers per year (+7%) and a total of 28 aircraft based in our country, which represents an investment of 3 billion euros.

Ryanair “supports 11.000 jobs, including 1.000 jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engineers.”

In the press release announcing the new route, the Irish carrier once again criticized the increase in fees applied by ANA Aeroportos at the beginning of the year, which led to the «closure of the Ryanair base in Ponta Delgada» and the «withdrawal of one (of two) B737 aircraft from its base in Madeira and additional cuts in the summer of 2024 in Faro and in Porto».

«At Lisbon/Portela Airport, where there are capacity restrictions, ANA rates increased by 17%, well above inflation (2,3%). These ANA monopoly airport fee increases are imposed at a time when most European airports are reducing fees to recover pre-Covid traffic and encourage growth. These increases in airport fees above inflation only enrich ANA's monopoly", they accuse.

«Ryanair also demands again that the Portuguese Government immediately opens Montijo Airport and breaks the ANA/VINCI monopoly, bringing much-needed competition, choice and reduced fares to Lisbon», added the airline.