According to a report by ECO, the Irish airline has warned the Executive several times that these cancellations will happen if no action is taken and the decision will affect around 5,000 flights and 150 jobs.
The routes that Ryanair says it was “forced” to cancel are: Agadir, Alghero, Alicante, Bari, Billund, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Baden-Baden, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malta, Memmingen, Oujda, Palermo, Perpignan, Poitiers, Tenerife, Krakow and Zaragoza. “The three aircraft and the 19 lost routes will return to Lisbon in October, for the winter schedule”, when there will be “enough slots”.
“These cancellations – which could be avoided – take place after numerous attempts, on the part of Ryanair, to ask the Portuguese Government to intervene in the release of slots unused by TAP in summer 2022”, says the company, in a statement sent this Tuesday. “TAP received €3 billion in state aid, reduced its fleet by 20 percent, ended up with thousands of jobs and still freed up only less than 5 percent of its slots in Lisbon, thus blocking the growth of other airlines”.
“Our latest efforts to ask the Prime Minister for help resulted in a total of 0 responses. Unfortunately, Ryanair is now forced to reduce its fleet of planes, from seven to four, in Lisbon in the summer", says CEO Michael O'Leary, also pointing to the "loss of 150 well-paid aviation jobs", “more than 900,000 passengers” and “more than €250 million in tourist revenue” to Lisbon this summer.
“We regret this unnecessary inconvenience for all passengers on these cancelled flights. (…) The loss of these 19 routes and 5,000 flights will impact the post-Covid recovery in Lisbon, so the city will lag behind, compared to other European capitals“.
Ryanair says that all passengers affected by these cancellations will be notified by email by the end of this week, with the possibility to request a refund or reschedule alternative flights.
That's nice. Another blow to the tourist industry that could've been avoided
By Tony B from USA on 08 Mar 2022, 19:39
We have a saying in Portuguese “Quem te avisa, teu amigo é.” (Rough translation: The 1 who warns you is your friend.”) But since appeals were unheeded REPEATEDLY, I don´t know WHAT ELSE, or FOR MUCH LONGER, Ryanair would have to wait. Look at that Swedish P.M. who also warned and waited to exasperation…
Look at our farmers, cattle raisers and honey producers BEG FOR GVRT HELP because THEIR CROPS/ANIMALS are headed for death bc THEY DON´T HAVE THE MEANS TO FACE THIS S**T STORM AVALANCHE…but some ppl seems more preoccupied with etiquette forms of how ppl address our callous, incompetent rulers. Priorities? Go figure.
By guida from Lisbon on 09 Mar 2022, 06:42
I truly hope this is true! We need less air traffic over our heads in Lisbon as this airport is bursting to the seams and worst of all right next to the city centre, massacring us residents with constant noise and heavy pollution. It should by law be severely curtailed in its operations due to the destruction of our health and quality of life day to day therefore news like this are a godsent! We could not care less with the greedy Ryanair owner wanting to make more money at our expense. Thanks!
By Afonso from Lisbon on 09 Mar 2022, 08:40
Afonso, please go back to living in your mom's house. Your mindset is the kind that makes Portugal be how it is. It makes me sick to think people like you still exist in our country. Fed up with the noise? Go live in the countryside, after all, Lisbon is a European capital.
By A Tua Mae from Lisbon on 09 Mar 2022, 15:12
I'm all too happy if Ryanair has fewer slots. Their Lisbon airport staff are obnoxious. I was insulted and called 'stupid' after requesting they put my flight details on the electronic billboards, as it was missing. When I made a written complaint about this incident, all Ryanair could say was that they had passed it to their airport manager, but I never heard anything back from them again. So Ryanair thinks it's ok to insult their customers.
By Billy Bissett from Porto on 09 Mar 2022, 15:12
A country this small does not need more airports. Improve the rrail network instead.
By Annie from Algarve on 09 Mar 2022, 18:56
TaP is a sacred cow that no government has had the courage to close. As it is managed it is a drain on the exchequer (= taxpayer) and the tourist industry.
The govt should open a tender for a private low cost to locate in Portugal as NetJets did at the other end of the spectrum and offer it TaP's routes for first refusal. TaP should then go the way of Sabena and Varig. In the interest of the economy.
By Peter Kirby Higgs from Lisbon on 10 Mar 2022, 09:23