Thus, the company will have a total of seven aircraft at its base in Lisbon and will operate 50 routes and more than 250 weekly flights from Lisbon, including 22 new routes to destinations, which are in Italy, Morocco, France, Spain, Poland, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, the countries In a statement.
The Irish airline also says it is “now necessary” that the Portuguese government support this investment, and accelerate the development of airport infrastructure in Lisbon, including the opening of Montego Airport,” the statement reads.
It also considers that Ryanair’s growth in Lisbon will support the recovery of the economy and the tourism industry, create 4,000 direct and indirect jobs in the region, and improve the country’s connectivity.
Ryanair Chief Commercial Officer Jason McGuiness welcomed the announcement of this expansion plan to Lisbon this winter with “three more aircraft at the airport, representing a $300 million investment, and 22 new routes to fantastic destinations in Italy, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, Denmark and Germany.”
The official stressed that Ryanair will operate “more short-haul European routes from Lisbon than any other airline this winter, being one of the largest foreign investors in the Portuguese economy, creating local jobs and contributing annually more than 138 million euros in government taxes and fees.” .
McGuinness also says, citing the statement, that Ryanair remains committed to supporting Portugal’s tourism industry and “restoring connectivity” after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that this expansion will generate “five million passengers annually in Lisbon”.
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