Ryanair announced it will open its 4th Portuguese base (No.72 in total) in the Azores from April 2015 with 1 based aircraft and 3 new routes to London Stansted, Lisbon and Porto, which will deliver 350,000 customers p.a. Ryanair wants to invest $100m in the Azores following the removal by INAC of the PSO restrictions.
Ryanair’s base in the Azores will deliver:
1 based Boeing 737-800 aircraft
3 new routes to London Stansted (1 x weekly), Lisbon (2 x daily) and Porto (1 x daily)
20 weekly flights with morning and evening schedules
350,000 customers p.a.
Ryanair is also in discussions with the Government of the Azores about possible services to Terceira and additional international flights to the Islands.
Secretary for Tourism and Transport, Vitor Manuel Angelo Fraga said: “On behalf of the Azorean Government, I want to welcome Ryanair to the Azores. I hope and expect that Ryanair will achieve great success with its operations here in the Azores, and we look forward to working together to promote the development of tourism on our islands.”
Ryanair welcomes the Government’s decision to open the Azorean market to competition to the benefit of Island residents, tourists and consumers. Our 3 new Azores routes with daily frequencies and great timings are ideal for business passengers, Island residents and families booking their low fare summer holiday getaways.”