Closure of Ryanair Faro base “bad news” for tourism

in World · 16-08-2019 01:00:00 · 6 Comments

The closure of Ryanair airline base at Faro airport is “very bad news” for the Algarve and a source of “concern” for tourism in the region.

According to the president of the Association of Algarve Hotels and Tourism Resorts (AHETA), Elidérico Viegas, the news of the Irish airline’s intention to close its base in Faro in January 2020 could lead to about a hundred job losses and should also lead the authorities to be “more cautious” in granting support for setting up these companies in the region in the future.

“We have seen this with concern if the news comes to fruition. The end of Ryanair’s Faro base means that sooner or later, although the airline will continue to claim that this will not affect the number of flights [to Faro], from our perspective it is obvious that the number of flights eventually will be fewer”, he told Lusa news agency.

Elidérico Viegas believes that “if there are fewer flights, there will be fewer tourists and fewer passengers” in the Algarve and this is viewed “with some concern, regardless of whether, after some time, as with these situations, passengers will eventually be diluted across other Airlines”.

“But this is very bad news for the Algarve,” he said.

Elidérico Viegas also warned of the need for a greater guarantee of compensation from these companies when they receive support for their setting up their company in the Algarve and, in this case, at Faro airport.

“Since subsidies and financial support have been awarded to Ryanair to create this base in Faro, in addition to other support that Ryanair has provided over the years to bring passengers to Faro, this kind of situation draws attention to the need to be more cautious in the way we conduct these negotiations and agreements, ”argued the association leader.

Elidérico Viegas acknowledged that “most of the Algarve’s competing destinations also support airlines” and the region “is not alone in doing so,” but warned that “consideration should always be given when agreements of this nature are established. ” with aviation companies.

“It should be said that Ryanair is the largest airline operating at Faro and has a share of almost 30 percent of the total traffic, it is not just any other airline, it is a very important company because it is the largest supplier of passengers to the airport and tourists to the Algarve, ”said Elidérico Viegas.

In contrast, the president of the Algarve tourism board, João Fernandes, has assured that the closure of the base will not affect the accessibility of the region.

Last week, the president of the National Civil Aviation Staff Union (SNPVAC), Luciana Passo, said that the decision to close the base was not related to the strike action planned by cabin crew later this month, nor was it connected to new bases opening in other European destinations.

“The decision has been in the pipeline for a long time and it was not due to the strike,” said Luciana Passo.


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By Michel Schuermans from Algarve on 22-08-2019 08:26

This decision by Ryanair to leave Faro leaves us absolutely speechless. They have been a first class carrier between Faro and Bournemouth over a number of years on time and pleasant crew [Portuguese] and most of all full planes.
With limited flights now available and Flybe on a wobble it does not look good for the Algarve from the South of England. Bad news and a Irish owner who cares nothing for people.

By Colin Dunford from Algarve on 19-08-2019 05:20

We live in Scotland and have a time share in February now will be unable to get there. Perhaps Jet 2 could start their flights earlier in the month.

By Linda Wilson from UK on 17-08-2019 08:21

Hope That Easy Jet will take over the flights form Newquay to Faro,because Rayan Air is not very popular in Cornwall
We love coming to Faro but don't like
Rayan Air
Best Wishes
Mr B Vleminckx

By Mr B vleminckx from UK on 17-08-2019 04:12

Algarve is a wonderful destination, I hope Algarve government can turn the situation around, with Ryanair or any other airlines. But one lesson is to take from this situation, to avoid rely on too much on one airline, 30% of the traffic is a lot for one company alone and it gives themo Ryanair a strong case to ask for more incentives. I hope a good deal for all parties end up well here. Thanks.

By Eduardo do from Other on 17-08-2019 09:34

Will my bookings in April and may be affected..?

By Richard from UK on 17-08-2019 07:47
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