The Irish ultra low cost company is aggressively expanding its flight network.
The Irish ultra-low-cost carrier Ryanair has announced that it will start service on three new routes from the UK to Portugal next summer. The announcement comes as the European airline intends to further expand into Portugal and build its flight network.
Two new flights from the UK to Porto next summer
Photo: Vincenzo Pace Just a flight
Ryanair currently operates flights from four UK airports to Porto in Portugal: Birmingham Airport (BHX), Edinburgh Airport (EDI), London Stansted Airport (STN), and Manchester Airport (MAN). This summer, Bristol Airport (BRS) and Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) will join that list, giving Ryanair customers living in or near Bristol or Leeds the ability to fly from an airport closer to home. Flights from Bristol will fly three times a week, while flights from Leeds will fly twice a week. One-way tickets start at £29.99 ($36.18) and are available to book on the Ryanair website.
It is also worth noting that Ryanair will start flying a new route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) to Porto this spring, giving its UK customers even more flexibility in terms of airports to fly from.
In addition to the two new UK airports, Ryanair will also start flights from Porto to nine other cities across France, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands.
One new flight from UK to Faro next summer
Ryanair customers from the UK to Faro can now choose from 12 airports to fly from, including London Luton Airport (LTN), London Stansted Airport (STN) and Manchester Airport (MAN). Next summer, Exeter Airport (EXT) will join that list, making it easier for travelers from the south-west of the UK to travel to Portugal. Flights on the new line will fly twice a week. As with Porto, one-way tickets start at £29.99 ($36.18) and are available to book on the Ryanair website.
Ryanair will also start flights from Faro to five other UK cities this spring and four more cities across Denmark, France, Germany and Italy this summer.
Ryanair is the largest airline in Europe, serving more than 230 airports in over 40 countries with approximately 2,500 flights per day.
Ryanair’s announcement of new flights from the UK to Porto and Faro finally comes at a time when demand for travel has finally returned to normal, with people becoming increasingly keen to travel. The new routes give UK travelers greater flexibility to fly from an airport closer to home, and as a result are expected to bring increased tourism to Portugal. Only time will tell if the new flights will be as successful as Ryanair hopes they will be, but for now, other airlines would do well to take a closer look at Ryanair’s new routes; If they eventually succeed, such airlines may soon find themselves incentivized to follow suit.
Sources: FlightsFrom.com, RyanAir, The Portugal News