According to a report by ECO, Luís Araújo says that the Irish company continues to have more presence than it had in 2019 and that most routes serve, above all, to take Portuguese people abroad.
Madrid, Malta, Birmingham, Palermo, Tenerife and Krakow are some of the 19 routes cancelled by Ryanair in Lisbon in the summer. And all because, according to the company, the Government did not release the “unused” slots held by TAP at that airport.
The decision has not yet received any reaction from the Government, nor from TAP, but the president of Turismo de Portugal says that the consequences for tourism will be few. “Still, Ryanair has 26% more [presence] than it had in 2019”, says Luís Araújo, in statements to ECO. In addition, “most of the cancelled markets serve much more to take Portuguese people abroad than to bring foreigners here”.
Although he says that “it is always worrying when airlines change their strategy”, the official notes that, based on the weight of Ryanair and the fact that they are outbound routes, tourism “continues to have good prospects for the future”.
Last Wednesday, when Ryanair announced the cancellation of these routes, Ryanair blamed the Government. “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”, said the Irish company, in a statement.
Michael O’Leary pointed out as consequences the “loss of 150 well-paid aviation jobs”, “more than 900,000 passengers” and “more than 250 million euros in tourist income” for Lisbon. “Our latest efforts to ask the prime minister for help resulted in a total of zero responses,” said the company's chief executive.
This blackmail attempt by Michael O'Leary is outrageous, it reminds me of Putin!
By M.Braun from Algarve on 14 Mar 2022, 09:32
Portugal government giving special treatment to a cash-bleeding TAP is outrageous. It is costing every ordinary citizen in Portugal money. Look at the economic situation in Portugal compared to the rest of Western Europe to see the truth of their economic policies and productivity.
By Saudade from Porto on 14 Mar 2022, 19:10
M Braun's comparing Michael O'Leary's business activity with President Putin is a lazy, ill considered nonsense. O'Leary delivers people by air, Putin death.
By Liam Pluck from Other on 15 Mar 2022, 00:46
Mr. Mike Ryanair is right. It was a stupid government decision to keep TAP on life support all this time, and now even hurting free-market competitors which provide good jobs, and a net benefit to the economy. TAP can still operate a niche market to islands and Africa, but it's not a major player in Europe anymore.
By Paula from Algarve on 15 Mar 2022, 11:12